News Release

Cisco Introduces Superior Network Capacity, Simpler Way to Build Next-Generation Internet for Zettabyte Era

New 96 Tbps Cisco ASR 9000 System Delivers 36 Times the Bandwidth Capacity of Competing Technologies for IPv6 Applications; Delivers up to 70 Percent Operational Expense Savings
Jul 12, 2011

HONG KONG, July 12, 2011 Cisco is continuing its tradition of innovation by announcing a simpler way for service providers to architect the next-generation Internet to be more visual, mobile and virtual. Cisco today announced major advancements in the Cisco® ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, which will set new industry benchmarks and dramatically increase capabilities at the edge of the next-generation Internet and transform the broadband communications and entertainment industries.

New capabilities, performance gains and significant cost savings stem from Cisco's latest innovation, nV (network virtualization) technology, which will be deployed first on the Cisco ASR 9000 system, then made available on other Cisco platforms in the future as networks continue to evolve.

Cisco predicts that the number of network-connected devices will be more than 15 billion, twice the world's population, by 2015. In the fifth annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2010 to 2015) released earlier, the company also said the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year. The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, greater than the sum of all Internet Protocol traffic created around the world in 2010. And by 2015, the Asia Pacific region will generate the most IP traffic (24.1 exabytes per month), overtaking North America, last year's leader.

And according to the study, by 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users, more than 40 percent of the world's projected population; and 1 million video minutes, the equivalent of 674 days, will traverse the Internet every second. All these trends represent mounting demand for greater bandwidth, and Cisco's announcement today helps service providers thrive in this rapidly changing environment and capitalize on these trends.

The Cisco ASR 9000 system is positioned in the edge and aggregation sections of the network and complements the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) located in the core of the next-generation Internet. It will help enable compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.

Several of the world's leading service providers, such as PCCW, China Telecom, Comcast, Cox Communications, FastWeb, NTT Plala and Tata Communications, are deploying the Cisco ASR 9000, joining more than 500 service provider customers of the ASR 9000 Series.

Key Facts

  • The New Cisco ASR 9000 system:Cisco is expanding the Cisco ASR 9000 Series with the new Cisco ASR 9922 Router and high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 100 GE interfaces for the network edge and the Cisco ASR 9000v for the network aggregation layer. These new additions, along with the Cisco ASR 9010 and Cisco ASR 9006 Routers, will help deliver a single system for high-speed business and residential connectivity to deliver new video, mobile and cloud services.
  • Innovative Network Virtualization Technology:Cisco is announcing Cisco nV technology, which intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single Cisco ASR 9000 system for the next-generation Internet to simplify operation, increase network capacity and accelerate IPv6 services.
  • Superior Network Capacity: Enabled by Cisco nV technology, the new Cisco ASR 9000 system offers an industry-leading system capability, 36 times that of competing products, of 96 terabits per second, and with this amount, a single Cisco ASR 9000 system:
    • Could stream recordings of all Super Bowls, World Cup and Cricket World Cup matches ever
    • Allow every man, woman and child in Beijing, London and Moscow (~43 million people) to watch a high-definition video movie – simultaneously.
    • Could download the equivalent of 180,000 DVDs every minute.
    • Supporting up to 84,840 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports, a single Cisco ASR 9000 system could deliver one Gigabit Ethernet connection to nearly every home in Orlando, Florida; or Venice, Italy.
  • Simplified Network Operations: The new Cisco ASR 9000 system uses the Cisco nV technology to lower operating costs by up to 70 percent*(when compared with competing edge platforms), enabling return on investment in less than one year. (*Published ACG Research Assessment*)
    • Such simplification and savings are achieved through plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime™ for Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), cost-effective configurations, and ease-of-deployment features. These reduce the need for costly on-site setup, support and maintenance, while providing savings on hardware and software. 
    • This capability is available to the more than 500 existing Cisco ASR 9000 customers with a simple upgrade.
  • Simplified IPv6 and Cisco Videoscape Transition: Cisco is delivering on its strategy of building out IPv6 next-generation networks to simplify the design, deployment and management of services for global service providers. The Cisco Integrated Services Module with Cisco nV technology provides a single touchpoint for carrier-grade IPv6 deployment across thousands of devices. Cisco Videoscape™ technology is supported with the Cisco Integrated Services Module for caching, streaming and monitoring to optimize and monetize the video experience.

Supporting Quotes

  • Barbara Chiu, general manager, Cisco Hong Kong and Macau

 "This is a critical period in the broadband communications industry. To remain competitive and meet consumer and business customer needs, service providers must deliver next-generation Internet experiences. As the leading and forward-looking telecommunications provider, PCCW realizes the near- and long-term need for a world-class network to support sharp increase in mobile, video and online services. Cisco is honored to strengthen its collaboration with PCCW in providing the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to keep pace with the global trend of the next generation Internet. This collaboration with PCCW once again demonstrates Cisco's commitment to, and leadership in, transforming the next-generation Internet with our borderless network."

  • Chan Wing Wa, managing director, Engineering of PCCW

"To align with the exponential growth of Internet traffic and the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth for transmission of high definition multimedia content today and in the future, we need robust and future-proof carrier-grade routing like that provided by the Cisco ASR 9000 system. Thanks to the versatility, high performance and scalability offered by Cisco ASR 9000, we can continue to optimize our network services to better serve the community with the next-generation IP network."

Supporting Resources


  • Watch VoD: Announcing the Cisco ASR 9000 system: Surya Panditi, co-lead of the Cisco Service Provider Core Technology Group, introduces Cisco's latest innovation for service provider networks.

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