Cisco announces first North American customer for ASR 9000

Verizon Wireless is the first announced North American customer for Cisco's new ASR 9000 router, the company said this week. Japanese service provider Softbank was the first announced trial customer for the system.

The carrier is using that and Cisco's recently unveiled ASR 1000 router to expand the capacity of backhaul for 3G and 4G mobile Internet services. Verizon Wireless also has the largest worldwide deployment of Cisco's core router, the CRS-1.

A call to Verizon Wireless for implementation details on the ASR 9000 -- specifically, which interfaces it is using on the router -- was not returned. Cisco has kept mum on ASR 9000 details, such as interface support. Speculation has it that Cisco is employiong pre-standard 40G/100Gbps Ethernet on the system.

The ASR 9000 debuted late last year. It is expected to succeed Cisco's 7600 series routers for Ethernet aggregation.

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