Cisco inks five year IP deal with Optus

Optus has selected Cisco Systems to provide Internet Protocol-based networking equipment in a major national network upgrade to improve network efficiencies and significantly expand its services to customers under a new five-year supplier agreement.

Cisco will provide Optus with a suite of networking hardware and software, including routing, switching, content management and security solutions for its IP core and IP access network. Under the deal, Optus expects to be able to reduce operational costs by up to 30 per cent over the term of the agreement.

Optus networks managing director Stephen Rotheram said the deal with enable the telco, which has major government and government clients in the Asia Pacific, to offer a broader range of data proucts.

Some of the new services include Optus Private IP including VPNs and Voice over IP dedicated tie lines between PABXs, and Gigabit Ethernet services and network based call centre solutions.

In addition to these accredited services, Cisco is working with Optus on the development of a range of enhanced IP products and services.

Optus' network consists of a nationwide IP backbone built with Cisco's 12000 Series Routers. The network also utilises Cisco 7600 Series and Cisco 6500 Catalyst Series Switches, as well as3500 Series Routers and voice and dial gateways, based on the Cisco AS5400 Universal Access Gateway platform (www.cisco.com/go/as5400).

The deployment of Cisco 12000 Series Routers in its IP based "Main Switching Core" backbone will create a Multi-Protocol Label Switching virtual private network (MPLS VPN) network, able to scale to 10Gbps.

Rotheram said the deployment will allow Optus to deliver high bandwidth, high-valueservices to enable convergent streams of voice, data and video.

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