Cisco Systems — at Cisco Live — announced products to help mobile network operators manage increased data traffic generated by homeworking because of the pandemic and as the 5G rollout connects billions more devices to the internet.
Remote healthcare services, streaming video and gaming and homeworking have led to a 25-45 percent increase in internet traffic in many regions across the globe since the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco said.
5G will mean billions more internet-connected devices. Cisco says it expects nearly 30 billion connected devices in 2023, compared with 18.4 billion in 2018.
It is proposing an approach to designing the network, open to all systems, and says its new routing gear will help telecom operators to build up high-capacity networks at reduced cost.
Cisco said it is changing the economics of the internet with a new Routed Optical Networking solution featuring Acacia pluggable optics and Cisco’s full mass-scale routing portfolio, with estimated savings of up to 46 percent of total cost.
Cisco has been working with communication service providers and web scale companies including Airtel, Altibox, Eolo, Facebook, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, SFR, Swisscom, Telenor, Telia Carrier, Telstra, Websprix and more to design the building blocks for the Internet for the Future, delivering efficiency, agility and savings gains.
“Cisco has spent the last five years researching and investing in this portfolio of innovation, focusing on how to help our customers deliver the best internet, while being able to grow revenue, reduce their costs and mitigate risk,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco, blog.
Cisco designed its Converged SDN Transport, an innovative blueprint designed to help service providers converge multiple networks into a common, cost efficient and secure infrastructure with enormous scale.
Cisco is helping to simplify the constructs of the internet with its Routed Optical Networking solution aimed at collapsing IP and Optical networks. With Acacia’s pluggable coherent optics, advancements in Segment Routing and Ethernet VPN, and new Cisco Crosswork Cloud capabilities, operators can build lean, efficient, easy-to-operate networks capable of supporting the levels of traffic expected with 5G.
Cisco Silicon One
Cisco has expanded the Cisco Silicon One platform from a routing focused solution to one which also addresses the web scale switching market, offering ten networking chips (devices) ranging from 3.2 Tbps to 25.6 Tbps, making it the highest performance programmable routing and switching silicon on the market.
Cisco is introducing its new Cisco Cloud Native Broadband Network Gateway for telco customers (wireline), joining the Cisco family of existing cloud native broadband routers for cable and mobile. It paves the way for convergence to a unified subscriber management solution, bringing further simplification and efficiency while enabling service providers to offer truly access-agnostic services independent from where people use these services.
Cisco’s latest 8000 family of routers now features Cisco Silicon One Q200 series chips offering up to 14.4 Tbps total capacity, enabling 32 and 64 x 100G web scale switches.
It is introducing new line cards and chassis for the Cisco Aggregated Service Router (ASR) 9000 series and Network Convergence System (NCS) 500 and 5500 series routers providing increased capacity with capital and operational cost savings.
New Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) features help customers operate the Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution.
Crosswork Cloud delivers a new application called Traffic Analysis, offering a comprehensive view across network peering points. With this insight, Traffic Analysis provides actionable recommendations to optimize traffic at the network edge to help prevent impact on the customer experience.
Cisco Business Critical Services helps customers looking to transform to Cisco’s Routed Optical Networking and Cloud Native Broadband solutions ensure a smooth transition. With consulting on network architecture design and implementation planning, Business Critical Services helps accelerate migration and mitigate risk.