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Cisco Receives InfoVision 2000 Award for Technological Innovation in Optical Networking for the Internet

SAN JOSE, California - October 17, 2000 - Cisco Systems,
Oct 17, 2000

SAN JOSE, California - October 17, 2000 - Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced that the Cisco ONS 15900 Wavelength Router has received the International Engineering Consortium's (IEC) InfoVision 2000 Award. After evaluating technologies and products from more than 20 leading networking and communications companies in the Public Networks category, the Consortium identified Cisco's wavelength routing technology as the most noteworthy contribution to the communications technology industry. The award will be presented at the IEC's National Communications Forum on October 18, 2000, in Chicago, Illinois.

The InfoVision awards recognize technologies, applications, products and services for their technological advancement, industry impact, and end-user marketability and adoption. Through the InfoVision program, the IEC encourages innovation and excellence across the industry in the development of new communications solutions for today's evolving networks.

"In the Public Networks category, we specifically evaluate technologies and products based on how well they meet the benchmarks of scale, low cost and reliability - the things that will enable carriers to support the massive growth of data services," said John Janowiak, senior director of the IEC. "With the InfoVision Award, we proudly recognize Cisco for pioneering a technology that we believe will dominate the way carriers build and operate their core and bulk optical networks."

"We are pleased to be recognized with this prestigious award for achieving our goal of developing and delivering industry-leading technology solutions," said Joe Bass, vice president and general manager of the Wavelength Routing Business Unit at Cisco Systems. "The Cisco ONS 15900 Wavelength Router represents true industry innovation in that it allows carriers to leverage their core network technologies alongside IP and ATM technologies to achieve vast scale and operational efficiencies while improving service availability and reliability in the access network."

The Cisco ONS 15900 Wavelength Router is scalable in-service to beyond 160 terabits per second of non-blocking service-port capacity. The system creates a highly efficient mesh optical core network optimized for fast, reliable optical transport at wavelength granularities (OC-48 and OC-192). By pioneering layer 3 intelligence in optical networks, the ONS 15900 can provision end-to-end wavelengths in seconds, while providing rapid optical mesh restoration. Service providers can specify levels of activation, availability, latency and restoration for different users, mixing and matching service-creation primitives to provide distinct multi-gigabit bandwidth service offerings including voice, interactive video, data and bulk transport applications.