Cisco upgrades network for Internet exchange operator in Brazil

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) says the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br) has deployed Cisco IP/DWDM and 100G technologies as part of its expansion of the PTT.br Internet exchange. Integral to these upgrade plans is the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router for highly resilient and redundant IP connectivity and robust support for IPv6, the company says.

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) says the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br) has deployed Cisco IP/DWDM and 100G technologies as part of its expansion of the PTT.br Internet exchange. Integral to these upgrade plans is the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router for highly resilient and redundant IP connectivity and robust support for IPv6, the company says.

The improved fiber-optic network serving Sao Paulo and other major cities will include virtual private LAN services (VPLS) and 100-Gbps technologies to help ensure that Brazil’s Internet infrastructure is able to keep up with increasing demand due to economic growth and key international sport events.

Milton Kaoru Kashiwakura, director, special projects and development, NIC.br, said, "We are mirroring the LINX point of traffic exchange in London, which had a huge role in the success of the London Olympics. This investment with Cisco will meet the upcoming international sport events World Cup and the Olympics handily according to our forecasts for growth.”

Originally engineered for 10-Gbps services, the Sao Paulo NIC.br PTT.br backbone, which connects more than 400 autonomous systems from Brazilian states and other countries, has seen a significant increase in bandwidth requirements driven by the growth in high-speed Internet services and the increasing number of subscribers in the Brazilian market. The installed Cisco technology will enable NIC.br to easily add more 100-Gbps capacity as demand dictates as well as go even beyond 100 Gbps. According to the most recent Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast, global IP traffic is expected to increase three fold between 2012 and 2017 because of the increased use of video, mobile, and cloud applications.

Cisco asserts its ASR 9000 with VPLS and IP over DWDM technology met NIC.br’s requirement for a rapidly deployable approach that could meet its growing IP capacity needs without forcing an upgrade to any existing fiber-optic cable infrastructure. The upgrade will also enable a new and redundant network topology to help NIC.br improve its availability, which significantly reduces traffic losses in the IP network when there are failures in the optical transport layer.

“The Cisco ASR 9000 platform was selected after a long process that considered functionality, performance, and physical aspects (rack space and power consumption). PTT.br also understands that VPLS together with 100 GE and IP/DWDM is the appropriate solution to meet our scalability, resilient and redundant needs for the coming years," said Eduardo Ascenco Reis, manager, NIC.br.

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