Cisco announces IP, Ethernet optical network deployments

December 15, 2005 San Jose, CA -- Cisco Systems today announced successful deployments of hardware release 5.0 for its Cisco ONS 15454 and ONS 15600 optical networking platforms at two telecommunications service providers and one Internet exchange provider, who the company says are using the technology to more effectively deploy profitable services.

Dec 15th, 2005

December 15, 2005 San Jose, CA -- Cisco Systems today announced successful deployments of hardware release 5.0 for its Cisco ONS 15454 and ONS 15600 optical networking platforms at two telecommunications service providers and one Internet exchange provider, who the company says are using the technology to more effectively deploy profitable services.

According to a press release, recent expansions of two of its data center facilities in New York City-based "carrier hotels," made the Tampa FL-based Switch and Data into the one of the largest interconnection providers in the New York metro area. Switch and Data deployed the Cisco ONS 15600 Multiservice Switching Provisioning Platform (MSPP) to enable integration of its metro core and edge networks, while providing carrier-class management throughout the network. Cisco says the ONS 15600 MSPP combines the functionality of SONET/SDH metro systems, including multiplexers and digital cross-connect network elements, together into a scalable platform that supports metro topologies such as point-to-point, linear add/drop, rings, and mesh.

Also, Norlight Telecommunications, a Brookfield, WI-based telecommunications provider of wholesale network transport solutions, recently expanded its network to 4150 miles by lighting optical fibers along a 347-mile corridor in Central and Northern Illinois, improving telecommunications access and reliability for its wholesale customers. For the infrastructure expansion, Norlight employed the Cisco ONS 15454 MSPP for metro service variety and scalability, and the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) for intelligent DWDM capabilities.

Also, Wisconsin Independent Network (WIN), an Eau Claire, WI-based company, is using Cisco's Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology to support video distribution over Gigabit Ethernet, as well as for a statewide network initiative. The provider says it implemented RPR on ML-Series cards in its Cisco ONS 15454 MSPP, increasing the efficiency of services over its network. WIN has also successfully completed an upgrade of its network by installing a Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP including Cisco's reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) platform. Cisco says its ROADM technology utilizes international private-leased circuit (iPLC)-based technology to provide total wavelength add, drop, or pass-through flexibility at any ROADM-enabled node.

"Telecom service and Internet exchange providers are under increasing pressure to take advantage of their existing infrastructures, yet find additional growth opportunities," comments Surya Panditi, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Access/Aggregation business unit. "By deploying Cisco's optical networking platforms, Switch and Data, Norlight, and Wisconsin Independent Network help their customers more effectively handle the convergence of voice, video, data, and mobility services."

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