Cisco recently announced innovations in its optical transport portfolio with a new Network Convergence System (NCS) 4200 Series, to address service providers’ challenges of migrating large volumes of profitable time-division multiplexing (TDM) services to an IP/MPLS infrastructure. Verizon, which is moving to a next-generation 100G metro network in the U.S., will deploy the Cisco NCS Series on portions of its 100G metro network, said Cisco.
Cisco said that until today, migrating TDM to packets has been costly and has forced some service providers deploying older transport networks to change or re-engineer their network configuration.
The 4200 series platform which is part of Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) is designed to address network inefficiencies with high-density circuit emulation technology located at the network edge. It converts TDM services into pseudowires that facilitate transport over highly scalable MPLS core networks. It boasts a new, multi-service, 100 percent pluggable, 400Gps line card that doubles slot bandwidth to 400Gbps, said Cisco.
With this technology, service providers can keep their existing operational models and service revenue while running all services over IP and retiring their older networks. Cisco claims that service providers can reduce space and power required over existing solutions by up to 90 percent.