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Shandong Builds Internet Backbone With Cisco Access Servers

Cisco Systems has signed a deal with the Shandong Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to provide an array of high-end access servers for the PTA's large Internet expansion project.

The Shandong PTA will install the Cisco AS5800 access servers to support over 12,000 connections throughout the province.

It is North China's largest PTA with 1.23 million mobile phone customers and 40,000 Internet users, and it is substantially increasing its backbone infrastructure to meet consumer demand.

"The fact that Shandong PTA is deploying such a powerful access server platform reflects the fact that the scale and pace of Internet development in China is now fast reaching the same level as North America and Europe," commented Jiabin Duh, managing director of Cisco Systems China.

"The Cisco AS5800 solution was chosen because of its high port density and scalability, Signaling System 7 (SS7) compatibility, and support for advanced network service such as virtual private networks and voice-over-IP," said Liu Cheng Ming, vice chief engineer of Shandong PTA and director of Shandong Information Service Bureau.

"With the AS5800 it has a carrier-class Internet access platform with exceptional reliability and performance," added Jiabin Duh.

Introduced in early 1998, the AS5800 reportedly can maintain up to 1,344 concurrent connections with maximum performance.

According to Cisco, it provides availability at 99.999 per cent which equates to less than five minutes of downtime per year.