Cisco announced today that Canadian cable company EastLink is deploying Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as the broadband aggregation platform to deliver ultra-high-speed Internet access throughout its Atlantic Canada footprint. ??The use of video, collaboration tools and cloud-based services is driving increased adoption of EastLink’s faster-service tiers, including its recently announced service offering 100 Mbps.

Cisco provided a clear technology Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) road map to meet EastLink’s future bandwidth requirements, including 100 Gigabit Ethernet, readying it for future video needs such as 3-D video and advanced business services.

As a platform for Carrier Ethernet networks, the Cisco ASR 9000 is designed to deliver a per-slot capacity of up to 400 gigabits per second and to scale up to 6.4 terabits per second. It also provides rich-service capabilities, including nonstop video, while maintaining a reduced carbon footprint.

Initial deployment of the Cisco ASR 9000 will occur in the Atlantic regional centers, which serve EastLink customers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

EastLink has more than 1,500 employees providing a range of communications, entertainment, television and advertising services to residential, business and public sector customers in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia.

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