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 LightStream. 1010 multiservice ATM switches and the Cisco 7200 series router to provide users end-to-end solutions that enhance network performance. Cisco IGX interoperability allows enterprise customers to extend backbone capabilities to their branch offices. Cisco IGX voice modules terminate compressed voice calls originating from a remote Cisco MC3810 on either ADPCM, G.729 or G.729a. This feature enables substantial bandwidth and cost savings across the enterprise and seamless PBX dialing between sites. End-to-end integration reduces operations costs by providing common network management that reduces on-site maintenance, enhanced reliability and interoperability and consistent levels of quality of service (QoS) through the network.

Multiflex Trunking for Maximum Flexibility and Savings

With support for multiflex trunking, the Cisco MC3810 provides users with the flexibility to remotely provision Frame Relay, ATM and TDM services without incurring costly hardware changes and disruption to service. The multiflex trunk, which is required for the operation of T1/E1 ATM, can be configured in software at the physical level for either T1 or E1. Multiflex trunking and other advanced features, including ATM trunking, digital voice interfaces, tandem voice switching, drop and insert and traffic management, represent the delivery of key technology solutions from Cisco's acquisitions of StrataCom( and Ardent Communications Corp.

Cisco IOS Software and Network Management

Cisco IOS software enables the Cisco MC3810 to interwork with Cisco routers and wide-area switches, making it suitable for a wide range of environments and ensuring the reliability and availability critical to multiservice networks. Network managers can easily integrate new multiservice technologies, download software enhancements and ensure optimized network performance. The Cisco IOS command-line interface (CLI) simplifies network configuration and management and reduces costs by eliminating the learning curve for existing Cisco customers. The Cisco MC3810 is managed via standard Cisco management platforms including CiscoView and CiscoWorks, and is supported by both CLI and Web browser interfaces for configuration and device management. Network planning, troubleshooting, provisioning and configuration-verification support for the Cisco MC3810 as well as other network platforms can be managed by the Netsys suite of applications.

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