News Release

Shanghai Cable Deploys a Converged Service Network with End- to-End Cisco Solution

World's Largest Metropolitan Cable Provider Chooses Cisco Equipment to Enable Advance Broadband Services
Jan 29, 2004

Beijing, P.R. China, January 29, 2004 - Shanghai Cable Network Co. Ltd (SCN), announced today it has selected Cisco Systems® end-to-end networking solution to create a more reliable, cost-effective, flexible, and scalable network infrastructure. When completed its network will allow SCN to expand its broadband service offerings from simple cable access to a suite of integrated next generation IP services including multimedia broadcasting, high-speed Internet access, digital television, videoconferencing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and long-distance education for both residential and commercial customers.

"It was critical for us to establish a technology and service strategy that aligned with our business model," said Mr. Cao Qiang, general manager of Shanghai Cable, "Cisco was the only vendor able to provide a solution that was able to simplify our overall network topology, scale to meet rapidly expanding demand, and provide the IP intelligence and availability that would deliver on the promises of a true end-to-end solution."

The Cisco solution extends from the metro, to the backbone, to the edge enabling consistent application of Quality of Services (QoS), high availability, and security polices. SCN selected Cisco 12000 Series routers for the core, Cisco ONS 15454s for optical transmission, and Cisco Catalyst®6509 and Catalyst 4507 switches for the aggregation layer. At the network edge, SCN selected the Cisco 10000 to aggregate Ethernet customers, and Cisco uBR10012 and 7246VXR cable modem termination systems (CMTS) to aggregate cable broadband traffic.

Hanh Tu, vice president of Cisco China, commented on the cooperation between Cisco and SCN, "As the range of services from cable networks continue to increase, an optimized network structure with high operational efficiency will be required. By being able to fully leverage Cisco's industry-leading suite of integrated networking products and experience working with the largest cable operators in the world, SCN will accelerate its ability to deliver new services and be able to scale to meet ever changing customer and market requirements."

About Shanghai Cable Network

Shanghai Cable Network (SCN) was started in 1992 with only a few channels and less than a hundred viewers. Now SCN serves more than 3.5 million cable homes in the city of Shanghai and is fully responsible for building, developing, operating and maintaining the entire cable network in Shanghai. SCN now owns over 7000 kilometers of fiber and 2200 optical nodes covering 100% of the metropolitan region and is the largest citywide cable network in the world. From 1999 to 2001 SCN upgraded its network for two-way transmission, providing a high-speed broadband platform for the Information Harbor Project in Shanghai. As of the end of 2001, SCN connects 1.5 million two-way homes, covering 70% of the metropolitan area. SCN is the only cable network in China realizing the potential of merging three networks of computers, telephones and TVs into a single network.