Charter Communications is deploying the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services to residential and commercial customers.
The Cisco ASR 9000 includes video capabilities, such as high-performance multicast, integrated content caching, in-line video performance monitoring, and zero-loss video transport technology.
The Cisco ASR 9000 and Cisco CRS-3 utilize the modular Cisco IOS XR software operating system, and work together to simplify network operations while enabling comprehensive system redundancy and network resiliency.
Use of the Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture aids Charter’s efforts to support IPv6 traffic, necessary to support the huge boost in IP-connected devices used in consumer, business, mobile and machine-to-machine environments.
In other Cisco news, Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is deploying Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to aggregate and distribute enhanced video, data and voice services throughout its converged IP NGN.
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.
KD customers can currently receive more than 100 digital and 32 analog TV channels. The additional bandwidth will enable more high definition, Video on Demand and future 3D television channels.
KD broadband customers can already surf the Internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps using DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The increased scale of the upgraded network will facilitate future services that will offer Internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) in addition to video and voice services.