Consolidated Communications deploys Cisco carrier ethernet system

Consolidated Communications, a provider of communications
services, has deployed the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System to support new and
upgraded services for residential and business customers in Illinois,
Pennsylvania and Texas.

The Cisco Carrier Ethernet System is a pre-tested,
end-to-end network solution that minimizes the time and technical resources
required to test and validate network performance.

Driven by customer demand for more high-definition
channels, greater video-on-demand options and faster Internet access, the new
Consolidated Communications network will provide the capacity and the
end-to-end quality-of-service (QoS) necessary to ensure that one network can
deliver a mix of consumer voice, video and data traffic along with
mission-critical business services.

Consolidated Communications is
one of the largest independent local telephone companies in the nation,
providing advanced communications services to residential and business
customers. The services include local and long distance telephone, digital
phone, high-speed Internet access and digital television.

“Consolidated Communications is at the forefront of
providing advanced voice, video and data services for the home and business.
Cisco is delighted to collaborate with Consolidated Communications and help it
handle the surge in bandwidth demand on its Internet Protocol Next-Generation
Network,” said Surya
Panditi, senior vice president and general manager, core technology group,

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
were chosen for their scalability to 100GE, multicast performance for efficient
video distribution and ultra-availability with the Cisco IOS XR operating

Consolidated Communications also selected the Cisco
Carrier Ethernet System for IPv6, which is part of the Cisco Carrier Grade IPv6
solution, and is designed to allow existing IPv4 users to make the transition
easily to IPv6. It provides end-to-end security, QoS and globally unique
addresses. The primary motivation for IPv6 deployment is to meet current and
future demand for globally unique Internet Protocol addresses.

The Cisco multiservice and
multi-technology network management system, known as Active Network
Abstraction, was also chosen to enhance Consolidated Communications’
operational efficiency and drive the automation of its operations support

Cisco, in its fifth annual Cisco Visual Networking Index
(VNI) Forecast (2010-2015) released June 1, estimated the total amount of
global Internet traffic to 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.

“The Cisco ASR 9000 Series and Cisco Carrier
Ethernet System position us to address the short-term needs of bandwidth
consumption through a simplified efficient network core with a clear path to
accommodate the technical and bandwidth needs of the future. With Cisco, we are
able to spend time with customers and not building the network. We’ve gained
more than 20 percent IPTV customers in the past year,” said Tom White, vice president of
engineering and network operations, Consolidated Communications.

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