September 22, 2005 Beijing, China -- Cisco today announced that the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) will deploy the company's CRS-1 Carrier Routing System to upgrade its national backbone network. CERNET is a national education and research computer network, funded by the Chinese government and directly managed by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Cisco says its CRS-1 platform, which can be configured to process up to 92 terabits of data per second, will provide a platform for CERNET to develop next-generation Internet applications, while also enhancing China's overall information infrastructure.
According to a press release, the CERNET network links more than 1,000 major universities and research institutions with more than 20 million users in China. The network is not only used as an education and resource network but is also an integral part of China's larger Internet backbone.
The CRS-1 platform will be deployed in CERNET's core network nodes in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Nanjing. According to Cisco, the enhancement to the network at these core city hubs will create greater operational efficiencies and increase the network's capacity to provide the network's growing end-user base with advanced applications.
"Cisco is proud to continue our cooperation with CERNET, and to support the ongoing development and innovation of the Internet in China," comments Owen Chan, president of Asia Pacific operations for Cisco.
"With the increase in the number of Internet users and the development of advanced Internet applications, the current 2.5-gigabits-per-second standard backbone network is overburdened," adds Professor Li Xing, deputy director of CERNET. "The Cisco CRS-1 will greatly enhance the performance of the CERNET backbone network, and will create new opportunities for the development of China's education and scientific research capabilities."
Cisco says its CRS-1 is a new class of routing system designed to deliver continuous system operations, service flexibility, and extended system longevity to telecommunications service providers and research organizations. The platform is designed to enable reliable, large-scale delivery of high-bandwidth applications such as video on demand, as well as real-time interactivity. The capacity to route 92 Tbit/sec equivalent to downloading the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress in 4.6 seconds, according to the company.
China's Internet population reached 103 million in June 2005, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.