RISQ selects next generation Cisco Internet routers for research and education network

Sept. 5, 2001--Quebec's educational telecommunications infrastructure and service provider announced it has chosen next generation Internet routers from Cisco Systems Inc. to build out the core of its educational network.

Reseau d'informations scientifiques du Quebec (RISQ), Quebec's educational telecommunications infrastructure and service provider, announced it has chosen next generation Internet routers from Cisco Systems Inc., a provider of networking for the Internet, to build out the core of its educational network. RISQ will deploy Cisco 12410 Internet Routers on its IP backbone, creating what is believed to be the first Multiprotocol Label Switching virtual private network (MPLS VPN) in a Canadian educational & research network able to scale to 10Gbps OC-192 speeds.

The Cisco next generation Internet router architecture will allow the RISQ network to deliver high bandwidth, high-value services such as multiple streams of voice, data and video while minimizing network operation costs.

RISQ chose the Cisco 12400 Internet Router, part of the Cisco family of next generation Internet routers, for the ability to offer 10G bps performance, MPLS IP Virtual Private Networks, and IP Quality of Service (QoS). The Cisco 12400 Internet Router allows RISQ to scale its network to 10G bps core speeds and to provide the bandwidth necessary for next-generation IP services, including video conferencing and Voice over IP (VoIP).

Cisco offers guaranteed priority packet delivery, packet prioritization, low latency, and packet sequence integrity, all critical capabilities for enabling high growth, profitable real-time IP services like VoIP and video. RISQ also benefits from the Cisco 12400 Internet Router's investment protection, which means that RISQ can deploy all existing Cisco 12000 Internet Router line cards in the new platform.

In addition to deploying Cisco 12410 Internet Routers in its core network, RISQ is installing Cisco Catalyst 6506 and 3508G-L3 switches in the distribution level of the network as well as Cisco Catalyst 4908G switches and 7140 and 7401 routers on the edge.

RISQ's fiber-optic backbone is part of CA*net 3, the third generation network for research and education, provided by CANARIE Inc., Canada's advanced Internet development organization.

About Cisco:

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCO) is a provider of networking for the Internet. For more information, visit www.cisco.com.

About RISQ:

RISQ (Reseau d'informations scientifiques du Quebec - Quebec Scientific Information Network is a higher education and research network in Quebec. RISQ builds its optical network with the financial assistance of the Quebec Ministry of Education. For more information, visit www.risq.qc.ca.

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