System for Super-fast Internet Unveiled

Cisco Systems has revealed super-fast internet hardware that promises to boost US competitiveness and bolster economic recovery by moving mountains of data at astounding speeds.

The leader in networking equipment said its new router “triples the capacity of its predecessor,” and “enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second.”

The system also would enable “every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes,” Cisco said.

The new Cisco hardware is for the backbones of telecom firms and other internet service providers that will be able to vastly ramp up the amount of data they handle and how fast it travels.

“They are the plumbers of the internet,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley said of Cisco.

“They are the ones that make sure that the pipes are clean and large enough to handle the flow of traffic and remain up and running.”

AT&T said it is testing the new routers in its network and is eager to use the technology on a wide scale.

The US telecom giant has found itself “bandwidth constrained” as people’s lives increasingly revolve around the Internet and accessing rich content such as digital movies, videos and television shows.

Cisco chief executive John Chambers called digital video “the new killer app” and said that most gadgets connecting to the internet are evolving to handle demand for such content.

The high-performance platform could also be tempting for Google, which recently revealed plans to create its own high-speed broadband internet network.

With 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 “is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for service providers, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace,” the company said.

Internet traffic is predicted to grow fivefold by the year 2013, with 90 percent of that content being digital video, according to Cisco senior director of service provider marketing Doug Webster.

Add to that data demands fuelled by a booming global smartphone market and an unabated trend of software applications being offered online as services.

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