Cisco is making its 7600 high-end optical services router available in the UK. Aimed at web-based service providers and large enterprises, the product was developed in response to demand for high-speed data transmission services.
The high-performance router will allow service providers to consolidate multiple functions at a point of presence.
Martin Patten, product marketing manager at Cisco, told Computer Reseller News: "The product is for metropolitan area networks and customer connectivity. It is not designed for long-haul transmissions." He added that there is now enough fibre in the ground to support optical networking.
Many cable companies have sharing agreements, particularly in metropolitan areas, which will enable transmissions of up to 2.5Gb now and up to 10Gb later this year.
Cisco faces strong competition in the high-end optical networking arena, with rival Juniper taking a substantial market share, industry sources said.
Gordon Young, core product manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa, at Cisco, said: "The market is buoyant at the moment and almost all service providers have been, or will be, requiring optical networking. We are going to market via the standard Cisco channel strategy with the normal support attached."
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