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June 09, 2011

Cox Communications Picks Cisco's ASR 9000 for Next Generation IP Network

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Cox Communications has said that it’ll deploy the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) as the foundation of its next-generation nationwide Internet Protocol (IP) network.

This deployment is expected to play a critical role in enabling advanced new video and online entertainment and communication services for Cox’s (News - Alert) nationwide customer base.

For its customers, Cox manages and maintains consumer voice, video and data residential services on a fully converged, next-generation IP network. Company officials said that the network requires advanced IP traffic aggregation capabilities and scale.

The Cisco (News - Alert) ASR 9000 comes with the ability to support these requirements. In addition, it also provides operators with a network foundation to scale video services in a cost-effective manner.

Jay Rolls, senior vice president of technology at Cox Communications, said that as the company continues to deliver innovative Internet-based video services to its customers, it is critical that the network has the power and scalability to facilitate the near- and long-term needs of our residential and business customers.

“The next-generation Internet is upon us, and the Cisco ASR 9000 will enable our world-class network to accommodate the sharp increase in video and online services we're seeing among our customers,” Rolls said.

The Cisco ASR 9000 platform also uses Cisco’s IOS XR modular software operating system. Company officials said that this simplifies an operator’s network operations and enables economic and seamless comprehensive system redundancy and network resiliency.

Cisco is a company offering networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Last month, Infonetics Research reported that Cisco’s worldwide CMTS revenue share increased 9 percent to 60 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny