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Cisco announced advancements to its Routed Optical Networking solution, delivering on its commitment to redefine the economics of the internet and help communication service providers close the digital divide by connecting more people, places, and things.

Cisco unveiled its technology strategy for the Internet for the Future in December 2019, featuring new silicon, optics, and software to help service providers reduce the costs of building and extending their networks to reach more people. Cisco later announced its ground-breaking Routed Optical Networking architecture in March 2021, featuring converged networking protocols, reduced networking layers, advanced automation tools and simplified network access to foster open networking and prepare for the rise of 5G.

The company introduced new private line emulation technology to transport any legacy service over a converged IP infrastructure, advanced automation software service assurance, Cisco Customer Experience (CX) advisory services, and more to help its customers reduce opex and capex and meet their sustainability goals. Cisco’s enhanced Routed Optical Networking solution increases capacity and scalability, while reducing power for a lower carbon impact on the environment. The modularity and programmability of Cisco’s IOS XR operating system minimizes IT needs for set-up and operation, resulting in fewer truck rolls and maintenance windows. Cisco has shifted to using recyclable material for much of its Routed Optical Networking product packaging to help achieve its customers’ CO2 emission goals.

Enhanced Capabilities for Cisco Routed Optical Networking include:

  • NCS 1010 Open Optical Line System for Optimized Transport: Designed to scale for capacity at speed, the Cisco NCS 1010 leverages both C and L-band to double fiber capacity; Powered by the industry-leading Cisco IOS-XR operating system, it is an open networking platform to help customers deploy Cisco Routed Optical Networking in both green and brown field deployments.
  • New Bright 400G ZR/ZR+ Pluggable Optic: The Bright 400G ZR/ZR+ pluggable optic can be deployed in any DWDM network, regardless of vendor.
  • Private Line Emulation: Standardized private line emulation (PLE) will support the move of legacy bit transparent services over an IP/MPLS infrastructure.
  • Cisco Crosswork Network Automation: Cisco Crosswork Automation now provides multi-layer automation for assurance and provisioning, and optical automation for Cisco’s entire optical portfolio.
  • Sustainability: Cisco networking analysis and modelling shows improved solution sustainability with up to 45% in power savings and up to 70% space savings.
  • New Cisco Customer Experience (CX) Advisory Service: Cisco CX is providing advisory, planning, solution validation, and expanded support services to help customers with their architecture transitions.
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