Cisco System Convergence Network powers Sky, KDDI, Telstra to create new revenue streams

Cisco on Tuesday said telecoms — BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra — are deploying the Cisco System Convergence Network (SCN) to create new revenue streams, simplify operations and deliver personalized experiences to customers.

SCN, according to Cisco, enables telecom operators to ensure flexibility to manage their networks to address customer demands.

The current list does not have telecom operators from India, China, etc.

“This announcement marks the beginning of a new era in communications, in which interactions between machines and machines grow exponentially and allows extraordinary things. This is just the tip of the iceberg, the great opportunity that arise from now on are virtually limitless,” said Francis Rizzo, analyst, Unified Communications, Frost & Sullivan.

The system’s programmability and virtualization capabilities enable service providers to accelerate the transition to software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV).

NCS features Cisco nPower X1 integrated network processor, which is used in the CRS-X and provides new levels of performance and bandwidth. With 4 billion transistors on a single chip, the nPower X1 implementation achieves unprecedented levels of performance, functionality, programmability and scale for a network processor.

NCS 6000 is shipping today with the industry’s first 1 Tbps line card and the capability of transporting up to 5 Tbps per slot and 1.2 Pbps per system, to support a converged IP and optical environment.


NCS 4000, which will be available in the first half of 2014, will support 400 Gbps per slot and 6.4 Terabits per system and be available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations. It will also support optical transport network (OTN), dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), SONET and Ethernet applications.

“The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers,” said Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group.

KDDI believes the Cisco NCS is the foundation for a new generation of Internet networks. “It will allow us to offer our consumer and business customers the newest and most exciting Internet experiences at a very low total cost of ownership,” said Yoshiharu Shimatani, senior vice president, KDDI.

“The work that we are doing with Cisco and the deployment of Cisco NCS will enable us to expand our capacity and intelligence in the network to be able to keep meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” said Laurent Lavallee, head of Network Strategy and Architecture, Sky.

More than seven years ago, Telstra partnered with Cisco to deploy the Carrier-Routing System (CRS) platform.

“Today, we are evolving this core routing platform to the Cisco Network Convergence System to leverage its new levels of scalability, virtualization and resilience. This network evolution will help us to continue to have Australia’s largest and most reliable IP and 3G/4G wireless network,” said Mike Wright, executive director, Networks, Telstra.

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