Cisco and Hong Kong Broadband Network have announced that HKBN has committed to the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System as the foundation for its core Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network to cope with the surging trend of bandwidth demand and to extend its network coverage.

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, annual global IP traffic will exceed three-quarters of a zettabyte by 2014. Internet utilization by various forms of video such as TV, video on demand and Internet video, is increasing and is expected to exceed 91 percent of global consumer traffic by 2014. To cope with this rapidly growing demand, HKBN realizes the need for a core router with strong investment protection to support its voice, video and Internet services.

The Cisco CRS-3, with a proven and highly resilient multi-chassis architecture, can scale up to 322 terabits per second of capacity. It offers significant savings in operating costs and up to 60 percent savings in power consumption compared with competitive platforms. Once deployed, it will ensure smooth traffic delivery between Internet content providers and users connected to HKBN’s fiber network. This will enable HKBN to address exponential Internet traffic growth.

HKBN’s existing network infrastructure will be consolidated, reducing the number of core routers and simplifying network management.

Systems integration work will be conducted by systems integrator Macroview Telecom, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, and the deployment is planned to commence in March this year.

The CRS-3 will further strengthen the core capabilities of HKBN, such as Carrier-Grade IPv6 (CGv6) and the core IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching technologies that permit the new IP architectural efficiencies required to keep pace with the rapidly growing cloud services market.

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