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Tata Communications Selects Cisco ASR 9000 Series Router to Enable New Carrier Ethernet Services Throughout India

SAN JOSE, Calif. and MUMBAI, India - June 7, 2011 - Cisco announced today that Tata Communications will deploy the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) for its next-generation Ethernet network service throughout India.

Cisco will also host a global public webcast Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. PDT/ 1 p.m. EDT to discuss significant developments in its service provider technology portfolio.  To register, please visit the event registration page.  

Editor's note:Prior to the public webcast, Cisco will host an interactive event for media and industry analysts involving executives from Cisco and leading global service providers.  For more information, media and analysts should contact #NACiscoSPinf@text100.com

Additionally, Cisco will be holding a related TechTalk for shareholders and financial analysts at 2 p.m. PDT. The event can be accessed at http://investor.cisco.com/.

Cisco predicts that the number of network-connected devices will be more than 15 billion, twice the world's population, by 2015. In the fifth annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2010-2015) released last week, the company also said the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year.  The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010. On the verge of reaching 1 zettabyte, which is equal to a sextillion bytes, or a trillion gigabytes by 2015, global IP traffic growth is driven by four primary factors, according to Cisco: an increasing number of devices; more Internet users; faster broadband speed; and more video.

The Cisco ASR platform will help Tata Communications meet its growing bandwidth needs as it continues to add advanced products and services.   In India, IP traffic is expected to grow nine-fold from 2010 to 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 54%. IP traffic in India is expected to reach 1.2 Exabytes per month in 2015, up from 137 Petabytes per month in 2010.  Also, there are expected to be one billion networked devices in India by 2015, up from 570 million in 2010.

"We are looking forward to working with Cisco on the deployment of the Cisco ASR 9000 to efficiently deliver new communication services throughout our nationwide footprint," said John Hayduk, CTO, Tata Communications. "As we continue to advance our services across the region, the ASR 9000 will play a pivotal role in the continued delivery of world-class services to our customers.  The ASR 9000 will help our global network deliver the capacity needed for expected bandwidth growth and the necessary performance from our Next Generation Ethernet Network."

The new platform uses Cisco's IOS XR modular software operating system, simplifying Tata Communications' network operations and enabling economic and seamless comprehensive system redundancy and network resiliency.

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