BANGALORE, India - September 2, 2008 - Cisco Systems® today announced that Sify (Nasdaq National Markets: SIFY), a pioneer and leader in data telecom and Internet services in India, has selected the Cisco® CRS-1 Carrier Routing System as the foundation of Sify's Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN). The decision is part of Sify's strategy to enhance its existing core network to meet customers' ever increasing demand for sophisticated network services and to address the rapidly evolving India market. The announcement further underscores Cisco's expertise and leadership in IP NGN technology and emphasises the growing relevance of video, in the Connected Life of individual consumers.
"We are in the process of transforming our network infrastructure into an IP Next Generation Network to deliver triple play and more. These technology investments are aimed at making us more competitive in the services we offer across enterprise and consumer segments going forward," said Mr Raju Vegesna, Chairman, CEO & MD, Sify Technologies Limited. "Cisco was the right choice for us with their proven expertise and track record over the years. Our new core backbone infrastructure will enable us to extend our pioneering leadership and meet ever increasing customer demand, now and in the future."
"Sify was the first to launch managed connectivity services over a TCP/IP network in April 1998, and has continually pioneered managed infrastructure services, as well as set the standard for such services in India," said Mr P J Nath, Executive President, Sify Enterprise services. "The migration of our core network infrastructure to an IP Next Generation Network enables us to offer more sophisticated services for voice, video and data, with higher levels of service quality for customers. With this investment, Sify has once again set the standard for the data telecom services industry in India."
Commenting on the announcement, Naresh Wadhwa, President and Country Manager, Cisco India & SAARC said, "We are pleased to extend our relationship with Sify to develop and deploy the technologies that would help enable them to provide advanced data network and Internet services to their customers. The CRS-1, a new class of router system, will let carriers seamlessly migrate all of their existing communications infrastructures for voice, video, and data onto a single, packet infrastructure. The IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture will help Sify to constantly evolve to adapt to customer demand and new technology opportunities."
"Indian Service Providers are working towards greater control of their network and overall operations to succeed against competitive and market forces. IP NGN brings about a broad network transformation that encompasses not just the Service Provider's network but their entire business. We believe this is one of the first steps for a Service Provider to move towards becoming an 'Experience Provider', and we're pleased to work with Sify on this evolutionary path," said Rajesh Chainani, Vice President of Service Provider for Cisco India & SAARC.
The Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, a core component of the Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture, offers capabilities, reliability and scalability required for service providers to offer any-play services. Leading service providers worldwide are now aggressively deploying and enhancing their network infrastructure to seamlessly provide high bandwidth Internet applications that will rapidly grow over the next ten years, such as voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video telephony, video on demand (VoD), and IPTV.
For more information about the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5763.
Sify is among the largest Managed Enterprise and Consumer Internet Services companies in India, offering end-to-end solutions with a comprehensive range of products delivered over a common telecom data network infrastructure reaching 500+ cities and towns in India. A significant part of the company's revenue is derived from Corporate Services, which include corporate connectivity, network and communications solutions, security, network management services, enterprise applications and hosting. Sify is recognized as an ISO 9001:2000 certified service provider for network operations, data center operations and customer support, and for provisioning of VPNs, Internet bandwidth, VoIP solutions and integrated security solutions, and ISO 27001 certified for InternetData Center operations. Sify has licenses to operate NLD (National Long Distance) and ILD (International Long Distance) services and offers VoIP back haul to long distance subscriber telephony services. The company is India's first enterprise managed services provider to launch a Security Operations Center (SOC) to deliver managed security services. A host of blue chip customers use Sify's corporate service offerings.
Consumer services include broadband home access, dial up connectivity and the e-port cyber café chain across 180 cities and towns. Sify.com the consumer portal of Sify has sub portals like www.samachar.com, www.walletwatch.com, www.sifymax.com and www.chennailive.in, www.bangalorelive.in, www.mumbailive.in, www.hyderabadlive.in the city based live video on the web. The content is available in 5 Indian languages, which include Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.
For more information about Sify, visit www.sifycorp.com.