Telewest Taps Cisco


Telewest Global Inc. is using Cisco Systems Inc.’s “Internet Protocol Next Generation Network (IP NGN)” solution to accelerate its national core and edge network upgrade and converge four networks -- for voice, video, broadband and business data -- onto a single platform.

The U.K. operator said it is upgrading 14 regional headends and 64 hub sites to gigabit Ethernet using Cisco “7609 Series” routers with integrated dense-wavelength-division-multiplexing pluggable optics in order to provide a highly-resilient dual 10-gigabit-per-second capacity network to support its distributed video-on-demand service deployment.

“Cisco was able to fulfill all of the complex requirements of each area of our business with one design," Telewest chief technology officer and managing director of networks, technology and information technology Howard Watson said in a prepared statement.

“The benefits of moving to an IP next-generation network are obvious, but there are also risks to consider,” he added. “Working with Cisco helps us to make a smooth and fast transition so that we can continue to make market-leading service innovations and fully exploit new opportunities in the broadband market.”