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Cisco Brings 100G to Kansas

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SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that Kansas Fiber Network (KFN), a consortium of 29 carriers across the state of Kansas, has upgraded its next-generation packet optical network, providing up to 100 Gigabit per second (100 G) speeds using Cisco's carrier packet transport and coherent optical DWDM technology. This network enhancement enables KFN to more easily scale to meet growing customer demands for Ethernet, mobile backhaul and high-speed private line services, and allows for the seamless delivery of popular mobile content such as high-definition video, mobile applications and collaboration tools. The KFN deployment will also help provide rural areas in the state with cost-effective, high-speed Internet access and ultimately reduce the cost of applications, such as distance learning and telemedicine, and increase economic growth. "Cisco's 100 G technology has allowed us to easily makeover our existing network, and provides a foundation to help fuel economic growth across the entire state with particular focus on rural areas. This DWDM technology provides high-speed Internet access and will help reduce the cost for Kansas businesses and organizations to offer increasingly popular mobile applications such as distance learning and telemedicine," said Steven Dorf, president, Kansas Fiber Network. Cisco Systems Inc.

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