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Cisco Lands Comcast For 'Huge, Fast Router'

Cisco today notched its highest-profile customer yet for its Carrier Routing System (CRS-1).

The San Jose, Calif., network equipment giant said Comcast will use CRS-1 to deliver video, high-speed Internet access and other IP services.

Cisco, which competes with Juniper and others, will also provide training under its deal with the nation's largest cable and broadband provider.

CRS-1, which boasts speeds of up to 92 terabits per second, was introduced in March 2004 as part of Cisco's 20th anniversary celebration. During the R&D period, it was code-named HFR for "Huge Fast Router."

Since its launch, the company has landed 28 customers for the CRS-1, including Cable & Wireless, China Telecom and Telstra, Wilson Craig, a Cisco spokesman, told internetnews.com. Another 13 trials are under way, he said.

Comcast chose the CRS-1 because it will provide "continuous system operation, overall network functionality, service flexibility and integrated optical scalability," David M. Fellows, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast Cable, said in a statement.

Comcast provides cable and broadband services to more than 21 million customers in 35 states and Washington, D.C. Installation time varies for CRS-1 customers, Craig said, and financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

In related news, Philadelphia-based Comcast said it will form an Open Transport Initiative (OTI) to improve the interoperability among multiple vendors' equipment within Comcast's network.

Cisco and Nortel , which supplies Comcast with optical networking products, are the first vendors in this initiative.

The OTI will identify and define a set of common interfaces, which will be used to integrate and manage Nortel's dense wavelength division multiplexing platforms and Cisco IP equipment, Comcast said.

"This collaboration is a natural and much-needed step in the evolution of network technology and the interoperability of multi-vendor networks," Comcast's Fellows said in a statement.

For their part, Nortel and Cisco will promote the adoption of the common interfaces as open-industry standards through standards bodies.