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MegaFon Deploys Cisco CRS-1 Routing Platform as Foundation of Next-Generation Mobile Network

Cisco CRS-1 Platform Remains Industry's Premier Routing Platform, with Increasing Global Footprint, Worldwide Acceptance by Service Providers

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 27, 2009 – Five years after being introduced, the Cisco® CRS-1 Carrier Routing System continues to be deployed by telecommunications service providers as the foundation of their Internet Protocol Next-Generation Networks (IP NGNs).  The CRS-1 was recently deployed by Russian mobile operator MegaFon, one of the fastest-growing mobile operators in Europe and Russia's first service provider of 3G global system for mobile communications (GSM).

The Cisco CRS-1 platform was unveiled in May 2004 as a new class of routing system designed to deliver continuous system operation, service flexibility and extended system longevity to service providers.  Designed to accommodate the acceleration of video, voice and data traffic on IP NGNs, the Cisco CRS-1 is the first router to scale to more than 90 terabits of bandwidth capacity.  It helps enable reliable, large-scale network delivery of high-bandwidth applications, including video on demand, online gaming, multimedia content distribution, real-time interactive services and many others.


  • The Cisco CRS-1 platform has been deployed by more than 300 customers in more than 40 countries on all continents except Antarctica.
  • Driven by a greater convergence of networks and applications to facilitate the delivery of video, voice and data services, total worldwide cumulative shipments of this platform have reached more than 3,200.  That figure includes 250 multi-chassis configurations at more than 25 service providers. MegaFon is the first service provider in Russia to deploy a multi-chassis CRS-1 platform.
  • The total current capacity of all Cisco CRS-1 units shipped to date is estimated at 2,919 terabits per second or nearly three petabits-per-second.  This capacity is equivalent to that of:
    • More than 25,000 users downloading a 2.5-hour high-definition movie in one second.
    • Hosting 250 million simultaneous meetings on a Cisco TelePresenceTM system.  Based on an average of 12 megabits per second required for a Cisco TelePresence System 3000 and considering that each session can accommodate 12 people, the deployed current capacity of the Cisco CRS-1 would be enough to accommodate live Cisco TelePresence sessions with the entire combined populations of China, the European Union, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Indonesia and Mexico – (that is, nearly half of the world's population) – at the same time. 

  • Publicly announced Cisco CRS-1 customers to date include AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, Comcast, China Telecom (ChinaNet), China Education and Research Network (CERNET), Czech National Research Network (CESNET2), Deutsche Telekom, FairPoint Communications, Free (Iliad Group), Kabel Deutschland, Kazakh Telecom, Korea Telecom, Magyar Telekom, MTS Allstream, MTN, National Institute of Informatics' SuperSINET research network in Japan, Netia, Neuf Cegetel, National LambdaRail, nTelos, Pittsburgh SuperComputing Center (PSC), RAIRomtelecom, SaskTel, Savvis Communications, Sify, Softbank Yahoo! BB, Sprint, Swisscom, Shanghai Telecom, Strato Medien, TeliaSonera, Terremark, Telstra, Verizon Wireless, VTR and XO Communications.


  • "MegaFon is innovative in our approach to growing our customer base and improving our mobile services," said Sergei Soldatenkov, chief executive officer, MegaFon.  "We have found that the multi-chassis Cisco CRS-1 platform, with highly secure domain routing, serves as the foundation of our Internet Protocol next-generation network.  This gives us confidence in our ability to scale to meet increased traffic and quality demands."
  • "When we introduced the Cisco CRS-1, most industry observers believed we over-engineered a routing platform and made it too powerful for the needs of service providers," said Tony Bates, Cisco senior vice president and general manager, service provider group, and one of the lead developers of the Cisco CRS-1.  "Now, no one disputes that the Cisco CRS-1 has been essential in allowing service providers to complete the move from the analog age to the digital age, from the era of the phone to the era of the Internet."
  • Bates added, "Cisco realized early on that Internet-based networks were going to be the platforms of choice to deliver communication, information and entertainment to consumers and businesses worldwide.  The Cisco CRS-1's continuing success is evidence that our vision, strategy and execution were all in line with the evolution of the market and the needs of service providers."
  • "Rising demand for broadband, video and mobility continues to propel Cisco CRS-1 deployments," Bates said.  "The same trends that are driving the transformation toward 4G networks are also driving demand for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Router, which does for the edge what the Cisco CRS-1 does for the core."

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