Consolidated Communications selects Cisco for carrier Ethernet

16 August 2011 | Kavit Majithia


Cisco’s carrier Ethernet platform has been deployed by telecoms provider Consolidated Communications to support and upgrade its system for customers in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.

With the demand for high definition, video-on-demand and high-speed internet continuing to grow throughout the market, Consolidated Communications has taken this step with the aim to implement an end-to-end quality of service (QoS) solution. Through Cisco’s carrier Ethernet capabilities, the US-based telephone company hopes to provide consumer voice, video and data traffic upon one set network.

“Choosing the best in class internet protocol next-generation network was a critical decision for our future,” said Tom White, VP of engineering and network operations at Consolidated Communications. “The Cisco carrier Ethernet system positions us to address the short term needs of bandwidth consumption through a simplified efficient network core with a clear path to accommodate the technical and bandwidth needs of the future.”

Citing a need to engage more with its customers as a reason for the deployment, Consolidated Communications said it has gained over 20% of new IPTV customers in the past year. Its partnership with Cisco extends to the transition towards IPv6 and it will be part of Cisco’s Carrier Grade IPv6 solution, which it claims allows the easy transition from IPv4 because of Cisco’s advanced technology.

“Consolidated Communications is at the forefront of providing advanced voice, video and data services from the home and business,” added Surya Panditi, SVP and general manager of the core technology group at Cisco. “Cisco is delighted to collaborate with Consolidated Communications and help it handle the surge in bandwidth demand on its IP next-generation network.”

In a flurry of activity over the past week across Europe, Cisco has also partnered with German cable company Kabel Deutschland to enhance its video, data and voice services. The US-based vendor has also announced it will deploy 3 Scandinavia’s 4G and long-term evolution services through advanced mobile internet solutions.