100G Ethernet

Comcast Thinks Big

2:00 PM -- While I've never been to the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, it sounds like the proper venue for cable operators to talk big about technology. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) seems to be taking advantage of that today, talking up the biggest routers from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR).

It's old news that Comcast has deployed Cisco's CRS-1. (Actually, it's even older news.) Today, the operator is announcing a live test of 100-Gbit/Ethernet on the router, though. (See Comcast, Cisco Test 100-Gig.)

It's the second test of 100-Gbit/s that we've seen in a couple of weeks, as Avago Technologies Pte. , Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), and XO Communications Inc. teamed up for a demo at NXTcomm. (See 100-Gig Demo.)

Perhaps in the interest of equal time, Comcast is also saying it's ordered "additional Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet Services Routers and T1600 core routers." (See Comcast Deploys Juniper.) I think the "additional" part refers to the MX, which Comcast says it started using a year ago, and not to the T1600. Come to think of it, I wasn't aware Comcast was using the T640.

I'll be talking with all the parties involved, seeing if there's a more complete story I can build up here.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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