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Cisco upgrades ASR 9000 routers, secures first customers

Cisco ASR 9000

Networking vendor Cisco has upgraded its ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, with new models capable of streaming at 96 Tbps, and has also confirmed its first customers.

The system consists of the Cisco ASR 9922 Router and high-density 10G and 100G interfaces for the network edge and the Cisco ASR 9000v for the network aggregation layer, as well as the existing Cisco ASR 9010 and Cisco ASR 9006 Routers.

It is positioned at the network edge and aggregation sections of the network and complements the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) located in the core of the network. First customers for the new ASR 9000 routers include China Telecom, Comcast, Cox Communications, FastWeb, NTT-Plala and Tata Communications.

Cisco released its fifth annual Visual Networking Index Forecast earlier this week, which predicts that the total amount of global internet traffic will quadruple between 2010 and 2015 and reach 966 exabytes (equal to 966bn gigabytes), with global advanced video traffic (which includes 3DTV and HDTV) projected to grow 14-fold over the period.

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