News Release

Cogeco Cable Selects Cisco Multiservice Provisioning Platform for Bandwidth Efficiency in Ethernet-over-SONET Network

Cisco ONS 15454 ML-Series Interface Provides Enhanced QoS and RPR for Increased Cost Savings and Service Versatility
Sep 08, 2003

NFOEC Booth Number 615

ORLANDO, Fla.; TORONTO; and SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 8, 2003 - Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that Cogeco Cable selected the Cisco® ONS 15454 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) ML-Series interface to more easily deploy new services on its network as the number of network devices and services grows. The ML-Series interface helps to enable Cogeco Cable to reduce the type and number of network elements required for Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) transport and to optimize its investment in transport bandwidth of Ethernet and IP traffic in its Ontario Division.

"We selected the ML-Series card because it will simplify our network by integrating IP, Ethernet, and Resilient Packet Ring features for multiple service delivery," noted Chris MacFarlane, vice president of IP Transport and Engineering, Cogeco Cable Canada Inc. "The cost savings, efficiency and service versatility for voice, video, and data traffic over one network provided an attractive solution."

Cogeco Cable sought a solution that could provide bandwidth per megabit unit when configured in a shared packet-ring configuration. In addition, Cogeco Cable wanted to provide quality of service (QoS) to its customers based on traffic types and service-level agreements (SLAs). Along with the ML-Series interface, Cogeco Cable is using the Cisco Transport Manager, the single integrated optical element management system for the entire Cisco COMET portfolio of optical networking products.

"The Cisco ONS 15454 ML-Series interface, the industry's highest-performance Ethernet and IP switching module, provides the next evolution of industry-leading multiservice platforms with next-generation SONET/SDH," said Jayshree Ullal, senior vice president and general manager, Optical Networking Group, Cisco Systems. "The Cisco ONS 15454 provides carriers with a single integrated platform for supporting true carrier-class metro-Ethernet and optical-transport services and applications."

The ML-Series interface integrates Layer 1, Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching in a Synchronous Optical Network/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH) network and line-rate RPR. It interoperates with Cisco routers and switches to provide consistent end-to-end QoS through Cisco IOS® Software. Layer 2 and Layer 3 classification, policing and marking, and bandwidth-controlled queues are also featured. In addition, virtual local-area network (VLAN) Rapid Spanning Tree protocol is supported.

About Cogeco Cable

Cogeco Cable is the second-largest cable system operator in both Ontario and Quibec, and the fourth largest in Canada, based on the number of customers with basic service. As of May 31, 2003, Cogeco Cable provided roughly 1,181,000 revenue-generating units to the approximately 1,389,000 cabled households located in the territories it serves. Through its two-way broadband network, Cogeco Cable provides its primarily residential customers with analog and digital video service and high-speed Internet services. Subordinate voting shares of Cogeco Cable (CCA) are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

About Cisco Complete Optical Multiservice Edge and Transport Portfolio

The Cisco Complete Optical Multiservice Edge and Transport (COMET) product line offers maximum service velocity, density, variety and capacity, building the foundation to accelerate IP and optical networking. Cisco COMET news and information can be found at Cisco COMET solutions can be seen at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) in Orlando, Florida, September 7-11, 2003, at booth number 615.