Cisco Lands Verizon

6:00 PM -- It's buried in a press release about "quality" and "excellence" and other self-congratulatory fanfare that we don't typically include in our newswire feed, but it's still worth noting that Verizon Wireless is the first announced customer for the Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) ASR 9000 and ASR 1000.

You'll recall the ASR 9000 was the big-deal edge router announced in November, the one that might represent a long-awaited refresh of Cicso's portfolio. (See Cisco Pumps Up the Edge.)

It's not surprising that Cisco found a Tier 1 customer; it's Cisco, after all. They know people. But Verizon Wireless marks a change from the days back around 2004, when the CRS-1 came out. Sprint was the Cisco marquee customer then, always on board with the newest, latest technology. (See Cisco Sprints Ahead With HFR.)

Sprint has since become Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), of course, and its star has faded somewhat. And guess what: Cisco is also noting today that Verizon Wireless has become its biggest CRS-1 customer, in terms of deployment size.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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