Rumor: Cisco to Reveal Access & Core Plans

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has some kind of big-deal announcement coming up March 9; you might even have seen ads for it on certain trade publications' Websites.

The SiliconAngle blog thinks it's cracked the case, saying Cisco is launching a massive and multifaceted play to define the future high-speed network.

The pieces supposedly include:
  • A new set-top resembling Apple TV, with capabilities to handle Internet video and telepresence.
  • A high-speed broadband access offering, handled via partnerships with service providers. The Financial Times had predicted this last month.
  • An upgrade to the CRS-1, to 140 Gbit/s per slot. Previous rumors said the CRS-1 upgrade would reach only 120 Gbit/s per slot. (See Rumor: Cisco Prepping CRS-1 Successor.)
  • Content delivery offerings that include low-end telepresence.
  • Some kind of "vision" to wrap all this together, because that's what big companies like to do.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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