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KPN Selects Cisco CRS-3 to Build Foundation of Core IP Next-Generation Network

Service provider prepares for further growth in Internet traffic with high-capacity, IPv6-compliant, core IP NGN infrastructure supplied by Cisco

AMSTERDAM, April 15, 2010 – Cisco  today announced that Netherlands-based telecoms and ICT service provider KPN has selected the Cisco ® CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) as the foundation for its core Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) and to support the continuing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services.  

The new core IP NGN will replace all current KPN networks used for Internet transport. It will also allow KPN to expand its Internet Protocol-based network capacity.


  • With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for KPN, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.  The new core IP NGN is an important element in supporting delivery of high-quality, rich media Internet services.
  • KPN selected the Cisco CRS-3 as it delivers a path to 100-gigabit backbone capacity. This evolutionary upgrade can be implemented without network downtime and facilitated through software patches and new line and fabric cards, providing excellent investment protection. The Cisco CRS-3 extends KPN's core-routing capability by more than three times with each deployment – up to 322 Terabits per second.
  • This core IP NGN is scalable, empowering KPN to address anticipated growth in Internet traffic caused by ongoing growth in and demand for Internet-based video services from IPTV to telepresence. In addition to the increased capacity, the data center and cloud computing intelligence embedded in the Cisco CRS-3 will support network traffic positioning, directing requests to data centers with available capacity.  It will also support cloud-based virtual private networks (VPN).
  • The new core IP NGN will support traditional IPv4 traffic and IPv6 traffic – necessary to support the huge boost in IP-connected devices used in consumer, business and machine-to-machine environments.

Consumers and business users require ever-faster connectivity to power Internet applications. With video expected to amount to more than 90 percent of the world's web traffic by 2013i, the traffic and quality requirements from consumers and businesses are evolving rapidly. High-definition video, borderless enterprise networks and high-quality video collaboration tools are contributing to a huge increase in IP traffic. The Cisco CRS-3 has the capacity to allow every person in China make a video call simultaneously, and every motion picture ever created could be streamed in less than four minutes.

Supporting Quotes:

  • Edwin Paalvast, vice president, service provider, Europe, Cisco
  • "With this new network, KPN is prepared for the next generation of video-centric Internet services and HDTV. The Cisco CRS-3 offers unparalleled traffic capacity and network intelligence, enabling it to cost-effectively deliver the latest service innovations to KPN's customers."

  • Eric Kuisch, general manager networks and services, KPN
  • "Cisco has been a KPN supplier for many years. With this project, Cisco is working with us to anticipate the future of the Internet holds. By choosing the Cisco CRS-3, we've boosted the capacity, increased the quality and prepared for future growth of our core IP next-generation network."

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i Source: Cisco Video Networking Index, http://www.cisco.com/go/vni

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