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August 17, 2011

Kabel Deutschland Selects Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routing Platform

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Kabel Deutschland (KD), one of Germany's largest cable operator, has selected Cisco (News - Alert) ASR 9000 series routing platform for upgraded broadband and video network.

The investment is driven by KD's desire to expand the capabilities of its Premium TV (HD DVR, HD Pay TV, and Video on Demand) services to its 8.8 million customers.   

The upgraded network will also lay the foundation for future services such as 3D TV channels and faster broadband speeds to meet ever-increasing consumer bandwidth requirements.    

Officials with Cisco said that the Cisco ASR 9000 Series is designed to deliver capacity of up to 96 Tbps per system along with rich-service capabilities, while maintaining a reduced carbon footprint.   

It utilizes the modular Cisco IOS XR software operating system, which simplifies network operations while enabling comprehensive system redundancy and network resiliency.   

According to company officials, the Cisco ASR 9000 Series includes unique video capabilities such as high-performance multicast, integrated content caching, in-line video performance monitoring and zero-loss video transport technology.   

"With the Cisco ASR 9000 Series, we have gained significant technological, operational and financial advantages.   The Cisco ASR 9000 Series is designed to address the massive surges in video traffic that are beginning to flood Internet Protocol networks and positions us to meet the bandwidth challenges of the future,” said Lorenz Glatz, chief technical officer, Kabel Deutschland, in a statement.

Glatz said that the Cisco IOS XR is amazingly stable and robust, both key requirements for a nonstop video experience.

Surya Panditi, vice president and general manager, core technology group, Cisco said that Kabel Deutschland has positioned its core network to meet the demands of increasingly complex video and content-rich media transport by deploying the Cisco Carrier Routing System.   

Panditi said that with the Cisco ASR 9000 Series at the edge, Kabel Deutschland is in a position to deliver a multitude of video, voice and data services and manage the demands of visual networking.

Cisco is a major player in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.   

TMCnet recently reported that USA’s fourth largest cable operator, Charter Communications (News - Alert), has deployed Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers.

The deployment will help the leading communications and entertainment services provider to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services to residential and commercial customers.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves