News Release

Cisco Introduces Newest Member of MC3800 Multiservice Access Concentrator Family

Cisco MC3810 Lowers Total Cost of Ownership, Enables New Business Applications and Improves Performance
Jan 27, 1998

ComNet '98, Washington, D.C. -- January 27, 1998 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced availability of the Cisco MC3810, the newest member of the Cisco MC3800 series of multiservice access concentrators. Designed for regional and branch office applications, the Cisco MC3810 integrates Cisco IOS software routing functionality with compressed, switched voice and video applications such as distance learning across ATM and Frame Relay services.

The Cisco MC3810 is a key component of the second phase of Cisco's data/voice/video integration strategy, a five-phase systems and technology strategy designed to help users network and interoperate voice over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), voice over Frame Relay and voice over IP (see accompanying release "Cisco Delivers Second Phase of Data/Voice/Video Integration Strategy").

The Cisco MC3810 operates in both public or private network environments to seamlessly provision networks for data, voice and video services on facilities from 56K to 2.048 megabits per second (Mbps). Service providers can deploy the Cisco MC3810 to support existing applications by offering users low-cost, multiservice Frame Relay access today, migrating their customers to T1/E1 ATM services as business applications demand. The Cisco MC3810 features compressed analog and digital voice, multiprotocol routing, legacy data support and Frame Relay-to-ATM Interworking (FRF.5) that allows carriers to deliver differentiated ATM services not typically found in today's ATM customer premises equipment (CPE).

The Cisco MC3810 offers a complete and standards-compliant ATM feature set that allows customers to combine discrete service networks into a single, multiservice network that supports the particular quality-of-service requirements for each of the customer's applications. Not only does this capability reduce access line costs, but it provides customers with the flexibility to easily extend and add additional services as the need arises. This flexibility enables service providers to deliver advanced services over their managed networks and allows private network users to integrate public service offerings into their networks or provision new services on their private backbones.

"By deploying Cisco's MC3810, in addition to supporting our existing applications, we have implemented improved point-of-sale support to our retail outlets and integrated toll-quality voice into our corporate network, resulting in substantial cost savings on all intercompany calls," said Michael Prince, chief information officer of Burlington Coat Factory. "The combination of selecting Cisco and partnering with our service provider MCI, will lead to an immediate enhancement to our network and anticipated financial payback period of less than 30 months."

Lower Cost of Ownership, Toll-Quality Voice and ATM Backbone Interworking

Using sophisticated voice and data compression techniques, the standards-based Cisco MC3810 transports voice across enterprise infrastructures at a fraction of the bandwidth and cost of traditional multiplexers or Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) switches. Connecting to any standard PBX switch, key system or telephone, the Cisco MC3810 provides up to 24 channels of voice with compression down to 8 kbps using the G.729 CS-ACELP algorithm. The Cisco MC3810 provides echo cancellation for all voice channels and achieves further cost savings using voice activity detection (VAD). Because of its extensive call handling and routing capabilities, the Cisco MC3810 can also be deployed as a local voice switch for small branch offices.

In addition to providing integrated access for public ATM and Frame Relay, the Cisco MC3810 supports multiservice backbone voice and data interoperability with Cisco's BPX., IGX and " + name +""; }); } //////////////End - Executives Landing Page Hot Fixes /////////////