Cisco Touts IP Video Progress
Cisco Systems pitched its progress in IP video with broadband service providers, including Softbank BB and SureWest, at IBC 2005 in Amsterdam. Touting its IP Next Generation Network (IP NGN) reference architecture, Cisco says it is facilitating network, service and application convergence for video delivery. Cisco's IP NGN network layer solutions include the Carrier Routing System (CRS-1), Cisco's newest core router, as well as the XR 12000 and 7600 Series routers, Catalyst switches, and optical networking gear, including the Cisco ONS15454 and ONS15600. At the service layer, Cisco is offering its Service Exchange Framework (SEF) to integrate network and application layers with middleware vendors, headend platforms, conditional access devices, video servers and IP set-top boxes. And at the application layer, Cisco is pushing its Linksys home gateway products for networked entertainment, communications and security. Included in the Linksys family are solutions for networked DVD players and networked DVD recorders through the acquisition of KiSS Technology. Turing to customers, Softbank BB is expanding its Cisco IP NGN architecture in Japan to support a national offering of broadcast and on-demand television by the end of October. Through its Yahoo!BB service, Softbank BB now counts some 5 million broadband customers with a mix of data, voice and video services over DSL and fiber. UK-based Video Networks Limited is deploying Cisco IP NGN solutions to support the national roll-out of its HomeChoice video, voice and data services via DSL. The triple-play provider plans to extend availability from 2.4 million to 10 million homes within five years. Also in the UK, MSO Telewest is leveraging Cisco technology for its rollout of VOD to 1 million customers in the coming months. Neuf Telecom in France is offering a triple-play bundle via DSL with Cisco solutions. Neuf now counts more than 700,000 DSL customers. Other announced Cisco IP video customers include SureWest in the U.S. and China TieTong.