Telefonica's Global Solutions division has selected Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) for a next generation backbone upgrade. They'll be basing the new infrastructure on Cisco's CRS-3 router in the core and their ASR 9000 at the edge.
Telefonica's network has an extensive presence on the three continents of Europe, North America, and South America, along with footholds in China and Africa. According to the company's website it handles 1.3Tbps on a daily basis with 6Tbps of activated IP capacity. As its Spanish market has been maimed by Europe's economic woes, Telefonica's global assets have become increasingly important to its future.
The two companies emphasized the upgrade's IPv6 support in particular, reflecting the steadily growing upswell in belated support for the next generation protocol across the industry. With Europe now running out of IPv4 addresses, the snowball just might start rolling without artificial aid soon.
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