News Release

Cisco Innovation Helps Drive Service Provider's Success, for Their Networks and Their Business

Routing and Optical Advancements, Adoption of Innovative Managed Services and Live Demonstration of the Cisco Carrier Routing System Showcase Cisco's Presence at Supercomm 2004
Jun 22, 2004

Supercomm Booth Number 25910

CHICAGO + SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2004 - Executing on its strategy to work with service providers to build networks, deploy services, accelerate demand and optimize business, Cisco Systems, Inc., issued several announcements at and around Supercomm 2004 underscoring the company's significant investment, innovation and escalating momentum in this market.

Build Networks: In routing, Cisco® recently introduced the highest-capacity router in history, The Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, a new class of routing system designed to deliver continuous system operation, service flexibility and extended system longevity to telecommunications service providers. (For more on this announcement visit: Cisco will be showing a live demonstration of the Cisco CRS-1 in its booth during the show highlighting a line-rate OC-768c (40 gigabits per second) connection with a number of service features enabled. (

In addition, to further enhance its leadership position in high-end routing and build upon its innovation and engineering talent for the entire Cisco routing product line, Cisco recently announced its intention to acquire a proven engineering team and intellectual property from Procket Networks. (

In optical, Cisco also announced Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) Release 4.7. The Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP provides intelligent dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM). With the integration of intelligent DWDM on the Cisco ONS 15454 platform, flexibility and ease of use are now a characteristic of the photonic layer, which helps service providers reduce operational expenses and decrease the time it takes to deploy and begin generating revenue from new services. This platform helps ensure flexible topology support and delivers on the service providers' requirements of today's multiservice environment. Since the initial product announcement at Supercomm 2003, more than 100 customers have deployed the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP. Cisco today announced two new service provider customers, Indiana Fiber Networks (IFN) and Memphis Networx, LLC. (

Deploy Services: Cisco today announced significant momentum in the adoption of managed network services offered by leading carriers including AT&T, BellSouth, SBC and Sprint. Cisco and its alliance partners are continuing to deliver on their promise of developing and deploying innovative managed services to end-user customers in a variety of industries. These managed services help end-users decrease capital expenditures, reduce operational overhead, and increase productivity, while they can help generate new higher-margin revenue streams for the providers. (

"Cisco's role as a trusted business advisor is becoming increasingly important as our service provider customers focus on future investments that drive profitability," said Sameer Padhye, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco. "Cisco's innovation, strategy and unique approach to strategic relationships can help our carrier customers differentiate and build new, higher-margin, revenue-generating services, while providing their existing services more cost-effectively."

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