Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Softbank BB Adopts Cisco Catalyst 6500 in its POPs

Softbank BB is deploying Cisco Systems' Catalyst 6500 intelligent multilayer modular switches to support the deployment of new services in Japan offered under the "Yahoo! BB" brand. The Catalyst 6500 switch with the Supervisor 720 was installed at Softbank's PoPs to enable Ethernet access aggregation and advanced network services such as multicasting. The switches offer 10GbE aggregation and scalable hardware services, including multicast.

This follows an earlier announcement in December 2004 that Softbank BB will deploy the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System into its backbone.

  • In December, Cisco Systems announced that Softbank BB is deploying its CRS-1 Carrier Routing System into its backbone.

  • As of the end of November 2004, the number of Yahoo! BB lines installed was 4.6 million. The number of BB phone users was 4.35 million. The company had 3,937 central offices wired for service.