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United States : CISCO pushes Evolved Programmable Network architecture further into access network

May 16, 2014

With a host of product releases that aim to make the access network more "cloudy", Cisco is pushing its "Evolved Programmable Network architecture further into the access network.

The new products span optical access, Ethernet access, TDM access, management and virtualisation.

Optical access is offered by the ME 4600 GPON platform, which operates 120 Gbps of switching capacity per slot, a total of 8.6 Tbps capacity, and can be fitted with up to 256 GPON ports or 768 gigabit Ethernet ports.

TDM (902) and Ethernet (920) aggregation modules for internet networks are the two platforms in the ASR 900 Series. With zero-touch SDN controller provisioning, an MEF 2.0-ready OAM (operations, administration and management) unit, the ME 1200, also exits.

There's the hardware, however the big pitch of The Borg is in virtualisation and SDN.

The firm's marketing manager for service provider routing and switching, Greg Smith said the company is aiming to bring "elasticity to access networks".

He added : "Cisco Autonomic Access to the last mile leads to reducing provisioning steps by more than half than present mode of operations."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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