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Henan Province PTA and Cisco to Build Integrated Data, Voice and Video Network

IP+ATM Solutions Deliver Advanced Networking to Customers in
Oct 05, 1998

IP+ATM Solutions Deliver Advanced Networking to Customers in Chinese Province

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- October 5, 1998 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced that the Henan Province Post & Telecommunications Administration has selected Cisco's end-to-end solutions to build the China Henan Province Broadband Service Data Network, a multimedia infrastructure that will provide data, voice and video services to 100,000 users in the province.

The Henan Broadband Service Data Network forms the core of China's Multimedia Service Network (known as the "169 Network" in China), that will be one of the largest multiservice networks in the world.

Henan PTA is building an 18-site Tag Switched network that will be deployed in regional-post telecommunications sites and in its capital city in Zhengzhou. Cisco's end-to-end solution includes the BPX 8650 Multiservice Switch, the Cisco MC3810 Multiservice Access Concentrator and the Cisco 6200 Series Advanced DSL Access Multiplexer. Cisco's MPLS-based Tag Switching on the BPX. 8650 switch brings the application richness of Cisco IOS. software to a multiservice ATM environment. Tag Switching integrates IP and ATM within the same networking environment, allowing service providers such as Henan PTA to maximize return on investment with multiple revenue streams on a single platform. Service providers can now deliver high-revenue services such as Frame Relay, SNA, leased-line and Internet dial access while deploying advanced IP services, including virtual private networks (VPNs), managed intranet and extranet solutions, Voice over IP (VoIP), video over IP, Web hosting and electronic commerce applications.

"We have been a Cisco Systems customer for over three years, and the company's proven leadership in networking technology, its strategy to provide business solutions to fit our requirements and its excellent support infrastructure in China were the reasons we chose them to be our partner in this exciting new project," said Huang Yong, director, Henan Information Service Bureau, Henan PTA. "Our users are beginning to demand additional services such as real-time, online stock exchange information, online flight bookings and mission-critical, enterprise intranets. Only Cisco was able to deliver a total solution that could meet all these needs."

"We are pleased to have been selected by Henan PTA as the provider of itsnext-generation telecommunications infrastructure that will be capable ofcarrying data, voice and video traffic over a single platform," said Bill Nuti,president, Greater Asia, Cisco Systems. "With this network, Henan PTAestablishes itself as a New World service provider who will deliver therequired services for customers to compete in the Internet economy."

About Henan PTA

Henan PTA is the highest telecommunications authority in the Henan Province and manages the development, planning and infrastructure of its 18 regional post and telecommunications bodies.

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