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Fastweb Selects Cisco ASR 9000 Series Router for Enhanced Video and Internet Services

Italian Service Provider Chooses Cisco to Roll Out Next-Generation Network Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif. and ROME, Italy – June 7, 2011 – Fastweb, a leading Italian telecommunications provider, today announced that it has selected the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) as the foundation of the company's next-generation edge network.  Fastweb will deploy the ASR 9000 across its network, enabling delivery of enhanced video, data, voice and cloud services throughout its converged network.

This investment highlights Fastweb's commitment to developing its Internet Protocol (IP) network to meet rising consumer and business bandwidth requirements and providing the technological platform required for delivery of next-generation Internet services such as high definition video conferencing.  Deployment of the ASR 9000 begins this month and will include 32 ASR 9000 systems initially in Fastweb's 10 Gigabit Ethernet network.

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/.

 "We are seeing demand from our customers for higher connectivity speeds, as both businesses and consumers look to take advantage of the next generation of video and internet services," said Guido Roda, director of engineering, Fastweb.  "We have been using the Cisco ASR 9000 across a small part of our network and have seen firsthand how the system can improve our network's capacity and provide the necessary quality of service. We are excited to roll out the system across our network and look forward to building on our relationship with Cisco."

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