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Cisco to Show First Switched Virtual Circuit over DSL Demonstration at Telecom '99

Technology Achievement Cuts Costs and Time to Provision DSL for Service Providers and Paves the Way for Mass-Market On-Demand Premium Services; Demo to be Shown in Microsoft Booth # 7095
Oct 06, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- October 6, 1999 -- Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that it will demonstrate Switched Virtual Circuits (SVCs) delivering a high-speed video application over a DSL architecture running Cisco IOS. software, Windows. 2000, and Windows 98 2nd Edition at the upcoming Telecom '99 tradeshow in Geneva, Switzerland, in Microsoft's booth # 7095. The demonstration will be an industry first.

An SVC-based architecture enables service providers to scale their network and reduce costs by sharing network resources among end users who can select services dynamically, on demand, from their PC at the ATM circuit level. End users can access services, such as video- and software-on-demand, simultaneously from multiple content providers across a single DSL connection.

Cisco is committed to helping service providers rapidly and cost-effectively scale their networks to the mass-market level and deploy DSL services that will enable end users to experience value-added broadband services. The ability to connect DSL end users to services over SVCs supports this objective by greatly increasing the speed of deployment and the number of subscribers that a service provider can support on a single switch or server, while significantly reducing the management overhead and costs to provision DSL services. In addition, SVCs make it possible for DSL end users to select multiple IP destinations from their desktop as they would in a dial-up environment and regulate bandwidth on demand, allowing them to easily access a wide range of broadband services, such as video-on-demand, telecommuting and Internet access.

The demonstration will show a video application and Internet access being delivered over a PPP over ATM over SVC (PPPoAoSVC) connection. A PC containing an ATM-25 adapter and running Microsoft. Windows. 2000 software will be connected to a Cisco 627 ATM-25 ADSL modem. The modem will be connected via a Cisco 6260 DSL access concentrator and a Cisco 7200 router running Cisco IOS software to Microsoft Media Technologies 4.0 Server and an Internet connection.

"An intelligent broadband architecture is a necessity for service providers looking to scale their networks and rapidly provision multi-service DSL offerings that can increase their revenue," said Enzo Signore, Director of Marketing for the DSL Business Unit at Cisco. "The Cisco end-to-end DSL architecture delivers a rich set of ATM features and the intelligence needed to support advanced features such as SVCs and Quality of Service that allow service providers to cost-effectively deploy New World services and speed their time to market."

"In Microsoft's vision of the Web Lifestyle, a massive truckless rollout of broadband technology is needed to make fast, easy, and reliable access to information a part of everyday life," said Jawad Khaki, General Manager, Windows Network and Embedded Products at Microsoft. "We are committed to the success of DSL deployments and ways to simplify large-scale service rollouts. Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 98 2nd Edition product lines include many of the capabilities required to build and support residential broadband networks."

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