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Cisco Wins Metro Network Technologies and Services Award at the InfoVision Awards 2006


Cisco’s Integrated Video Admission Control Solution Is Recognized With Top Accolade

IEC BROADBAND WORLD FORUM EUROPE 2006, PARIS, France, October 12, 2006 - Cisco Systems® announced today that it has won the award for best metro network technologies and services at the InfoVision Awards 2006, held at Broadband World Forum Europe in Paris and presented by the International Engineering Consortium (IEC). The product nominated under this category was the Cisco® Integrated Video Admission Control, a recently launched enhancement to Cisco’s 7600 Series routing portfolio and a key application in the Cisco Service Exchange Framework of the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN).

The winning solution allows service providers to manage the requirements of high-quality video while minimizing operational complexity in the network. It has been deployed by a number of leading operators, including Swisscom, helping to ensure a first-rate user experience even when demand for video services oversubscribes a network.

“Delivering entertainment-grade video over IP presents many challenges to service providers worldwide as they strive to manage millions of subscribers while balancing bandwidth requirements,” said Geraint Anderson, vice president for service providers at Cisco Systems in Europe. “Cisco’s Video Admission Control is the first solution that links applications and networks, helping to enable the high-quality experience needed for video applications and allowing carriers to right-size their broadband network and to optimize their IPTV business case. We are delighted that Cisco’s innovation in this area has been recognized at this year’s InfoVision awards.”

Cisco’s Integrated Video Admission Control is tightly coupled with Differentiated Services (DiffServ)-based quality of service models to help enable differentiation between paid video, free video, specific high-demand broadcast channels and many other variables, providing service providers with enhanced choice and control over the IPTV experience. Cisco routers, in coordination with the Cisco Broadband Policy Manager and on-demand servers and managers, intelligently perform the Integrated Video Admission Control function collectively. As a result, it helps ensure that the network can deliver high quality of experience for video content and service delivery before admitting additional requests for video applications and services.

The InfoVision Award program is run every year to recognize the technologies, applications, products, advances and services judged to be the most outstanding and beneficial to the telecommunications industry.

IEC President John Janowiak said, “With hundreds of submissions, our awards program gives tribute to those catalyzing positive change in technology, business and academia, completely in line with the IEC’s mission.”
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