Netia deploys 40G technology from Cisco

APRIL 8, 2009 -- Poland's largest alternative fixed-line operator deploys Cisco CRS-1 and IP-over-DWDM for 40G traffic over its national core infrastructure.

APRIL 8, 2009 -- Cisco (search Lightwave for Cisco) has announced that Netia, the leading Polish alternative fixed-line operator, is deploying the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System to prepare its network for an increase in broadband demand.

Cisco says its CRS-1 provides Netia with a more reliable core platform offering scalability, high availability, and security. Additionally, Netia is one of the service providers using Internet Protocol over DWDM (IPoDWDM), a networking technology that supports transport rates of up to 40 Gbps over its existing 10-Gbps national core fiber infrastructure, increasing its capacity 4x with no upgrade to the existing DWDM system.

DWDM transmits multiple signals over one fiber-optic line, increasing a network's bandwidth. Cisco's IPoDWDM technology is being deployed in expectation of enhancing Netia's network operational efficiency and scalability. This, say the companies, allows Netia to deliver higher bandwidth and better quality to its customers at competitive prices as well as to introduce new services such as IPTV. The service provider expects business customers will benefit from better quality of service and increased availability and bandwidth, with high levels of security. By integrating the optical transponder technology in the routing platform of the CRS-1, Cisco says Netia is able to reduce its network equipment needs, enhance reliability, and save on operational expenses while lowering its carbon footprint.

"The transport of IP services based on routers with integrated DWDM technology, also referred to as IPoDWDM, is becoming a significant innovation that allows carriers to scale their network bandwidth. This cost-effective, scalable network architecture is particularly important for supporting continuous traffic growth from broadband and business applications, most of which are due to IP-based video services such as IPTV," says Mike Capuano, director of market management, service provider routing and switching at Cisco.

The rise of visual networking, including the increased use of video and Web 2.0 social networking and collaboration applications, is showing an impact on IP traffic growth for both consumer and business services markets worldwide. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2007-2012 indicates that IP traffic will increase at a combined annual growth rate of 46% from 2007 to 2012, nearly doubling every two years. This will result in an annual bandwidth demand on the world's IP networks of approximately 522 exabytes, or more than half a zettabyte. This trend is also visible in Poland, where Netia is expecting to double its current IP traffic by end of 2010.

"With the CRS-1 core upgrade, we can boost the capacity of our existing optical infrastructure to 40 Gbps using IPoDWDM," says Krzysztof Baran, chief technology officer of Netia. "Since Cisco CRS-1 is interoperable with equipment from many vendors, we can take advantage of Cisco's 40-Gbps leadership and also lower the total cost-of-ownership over the lifespan of the solution. This was very important because we have an open, nonproprietary environment and ease of integration is critical."

The project was implemented by NCR Poland, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner.

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