Cisco ASR 9000 Series and Cisco ME 3800X Series Carrier Ethernet Router/Switches Selected for Scale, Service Flexibility and IPv6 Readiness
SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwire – Aug 15, 2011) – Consolidated Communications, a provider of communications services, has deployed the Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) Carrier Ethernet System to support new and upgraded services for residential and business customers in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Cisco Carrier Ethernet System is a pre-tested, end-to-end network solution that minimizes the time and technical resources required to test and validate network performance.
Driven by customer demand for more high-definition channels, greater video-on-demand options and faster Internet access, the new Consolidated Communications network will provide the capacity and the end-to-end quality-of-service (QoS) necessary to ensure that one network can deliver a mix of consumer voice, video and data traffic along with mission-critical business services.
Tom White, vice president of engineering and network operations, Consolidated Communications said, “Choosing the best-in-class Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network was a critical decision for our future. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series and Cisco Carrier Ethernet System position us to address the short-term needs of bandwidth consumption through a simplified efficient network core with a clear path to accommodate the technical and bandwidth needs of the future. With Cisco, we are able to spend time with customers and not building the network. We’ve gained more than 20 percent IPTV customers in the past year.”
- Consolidated Communications is one of the largest independent local telephone companies in the nation, providing advanced communications services to residential and business customers. The services include local and long distance telephone, digital phone, high-speed Internet access and digital television.
- The Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers were chosen for their scalability to 100GE, multicast performance for efficient video distribution and ultra availability with the Cisco IOS XR operating system.
- Consolidated Communications also selected the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System for IPv6, which is part of the Cisco Carrier Grade IPv6 solution, and is designed to allow existing IPv4 users to make the transition easily to IPv6. It provides end-to-end security, QoS and globally unique addresses. The primary motivation for IPv6 deployment is to meet current and future demand for globally unique Internet Protocol addresses.
- The Cisco multiservice and multi-technology network management system, known as Active Network Abstraction, was also chosen to enhance Consolidated Communications’ operational efficiency and drive the automation of its operations support systems.
- Cisco, in its fifth annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2010-2015) released June 1, estimated the total amount of global Internet traffic to quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year. The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, greater than the sum of all Internet Protocol traffic created around the world in 2010.