Tuesday, July 4, 2006

China Telecom Expands CN2 Network with Cisco Routers

China Telecom is expanding its CN2 business network with the deployment of hundreds of Cisco 12416 routers. Nearly 400 Cisco 12416 Routers, including some already deployed in certain key provinces, will be installed during the CN2 provider edge expansion, marking another significant breakthrough since the adoption of the Cisco IP NGN. The deployment includes products for CN2's backbone network in 2005 as well as CN2's international networking projects in Central America, Europe and Asia in March 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The China Telecom CN2 networking project was first launched in 2004. CN2 currently covers nearly 200 cities in mainland China with points of presence in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York, Washington and San Jose, California.

Separately, China Telecom selected the Cisco IP NGN architecture as the foundation of its 2006 ChinaNet network expansion and has named Cisco as the primary equipment provider for the project. Deployment will include the high-end Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System and significant upgrades to its existing Cisco 12000 Series Routers, which will expand the ChinaNet core network's capabilities, reliability and scalability.

As a global leader and China's largest IP service network, ChinaNet is a public communication platform supporting China Telecom's Internet value-added service development. ChinaNet has 25 million broadband subscribers, delivering Internet access and value-added services such as Internet Data Center (IDC) and virtual network services. Market forecasters predict that China Telecom will have 38 million broadband subscribers by 2007.

During the 2005 expansion, China Telecom deployed eight units of the Cisco CRS-1 to integrate and upgrade ChinaNet's supercore network nodes in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Xi'an, Chengdu, Wuhan and Nanjing.

The 2006 expansion will take advantage of the existing eight CRS-1 platforms and will enable ChinaNet to migrate to an all-IP backbone network with CRS-1 at the network core.

Cisco noted that China Telecom's CRS-1 deployment is one of the largest in the world, and the company is one of the first five service providers in the world to install the multichassis configuration of the CRS-1. To date, more than 50 Cisco customers around the globe have deployed the Cisco CRS-1.


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