Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Swisscom Selects Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System

Swisscom will deploy Cisco Systems' CRS-1 carrier routing systems Cisco IOS(XR software at all core and aggregation PoPs throughout Switzerland interconnected by 10 Gigabit Ethernet WAN links. The new core network will support Swisscom's launch of triple-play services in 2005. Swisscom aims to achieve an eight-times increase in traffic handling capacity to create a platform capable of handling both fixed and mobile services in the future, as well as scaling to meet the company's growth targets over the next five years.

"Even if future services are not yet fully modeled, one thing is for sure. As a consequence of technological developments, reduction of production costs and the penetration of IP multimedia services, an explosion of bandwidth in the local loop will take place. Our basic network infrastructure will anticipate this demand in terms of capacity, quality of service and reliability. A reliable and high-bandwidth core will be critical for our success," stated Patrice Haldemann, Head of Network Development and Operations, Swisscom Fixnet.

  • Swisscom selected Alcatel's Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family to deliver enhanced Triple Play services to its customers in Switzerland. Swisscom plans to deliver IPTV services by the second half of 2005. With this contract, Alcatel remains the sole supplier of Swisscom's broadband access network.

  • Microsoft has previously announced Swisscom/Bluewin as a customer of its IPTV platform.

  • As of year-end 2004, Swisscom reported 802,000 DSL subscribers, of which 490,000 are Bluewin retail customers and 312,000 customers of other ISPs.

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