News Release

Cisco uBR7246VXR CMTS Router Receives PacketCable 1.0 Qualification

Helps MSOs Maximize Installed CMTSs, Accelerate Deployment of Advanced IP Services and Multimedia Applications
Jan 02, 2003

SAN JOSE, Calif., - January 2, 2003 - Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) today announced that the Cisco uBR7246VXR Universal Broadband Router has obtained PacketCable 1.0 qualification in CableLabs. Certification Wave 24. With over 17,000 platforms and 275,000 upstream ports delivered, the carrier-class uBR7200 Series router is the widest deployed CMTS in the industry.

With the ability to maximize their existing installed base of Cisco uBR7200 Series routers, cable operators will be able to accelerate deployment of these advanced services of IP telephony, multimedia conferencing, interactive gaming, and other multimedia applications and distribute their capital and operational investments across multiple IP services further extending their leadership over competitive offerings and maximizing free cash flow.

"Cisco has been a leading participant and supporter of the DOCSIS and PacketCable process from the beginning and has played a significant role in the successful deployment of services," said Dick Green, president of CableLabs. "This qualification is a critical step in the process and goes a long way to enable the delivery of advanced IP services such as VoIP by cable operators."

This qualification adds to the list of industry firsts for the Cisco uBR7200 Series router. Cisco was the first vendor to merge IP routing with the DOCSIS standard and produced the first CMTS to be DOCSIS 1.0 qualified by CableLabs in 1999. Since that time, the Cisco uBR7246VXR has been both DOCSIS 1.1 and EuroDOCSIS 1.1 qualified. The Cisco uBR7246VXR is part of the Cisco family of multi-service CMTSs that combine flexibility and processing power, with full Layer 3 IP intelligence.

"The PacketCable qualification of the Cisco uBR7246VXR is a milestone for the industry, as well as for Cisco," said Carson Chen, vice president and general manager of the Cisco's Cable Business Unit. "This qualification was not only a rigorous test of compliance, but also reaffirms Cisco's commitment to PacketCable interoperability standards."

PacketCable is a CableLabs-led initiative to define a common platform to deliver advanced real-time multimedia services over a two-way cable plant. Built on top of the industry's DOCSIS 1.1 cable modem infrastructure, PacketCable networks use IP technology as the basis for multimedia architecture. A DOCSIS 1.1 network with PacketCable extensions enables cable operators to deliver data and voice traffic efficiently and economically using a single high-speed, quality-of-service (QoS) enabled broadband architecture.

About Cisco Cable Solutions

The Cisco cable solutions portfolio represents the industry's most comprehensive, innovative, and proven set of services architectures and professional services, optimized for the evolving communications-grade cable packet infrastructure. Powered by industry-leading, standards-based CMTS, routing, switching, optical and network management systems (NMSs), including element management systems (EMSs) and operations support systems (OSSs) platforms and coupled with advanced capabilities for voice, video and high-speed data services, the portfolio delivers unparalleled scalability, reliability and investment protection for cable providers worldwide. Today over more than 200 cable operators are powered by Cisco's cable solutions portfolio, delivering voice, video, and broadband data services to millions of subscribers worldwide.

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