Cisco brings Brazil’s Internet infrastructure up to Olympic standards

Created September 13, 2013
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Cisco has been chosen by the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br) to upgrade the PTT.br Internet exchange with IP/DWDM and 100G technologies. The upgrade also includes deployment of the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router for highly resilient and redundant IP connectivity and robust support for IPv6.

The upgrade also covers the PTT.br fibre-optic infrastructure between Sao Paulo and other major cities, which connects more than 400 autonomous systems. Virtual private LAN services (VPLS) and 100-Gbps services will help ensure that Brazil’s Internet infrastructure is able to keep up with increasing consumer demand and prepare the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
“We are mirroring the LINX point of traffic exchange in London, which had a huge role in the success of the London Olympics. This investment with Cisco will meet the upcoming international sport events World Cup and the Olympics handily according to our forecasts for growth,” said Milton Kaoru Kashiwakura, director, special projects and development, NIC.br.
 
Originally engineered for 10-Gbps services, the PTT.br internet exchange has seen a significant increase in data traffic driven by the growth in high-speed Internet services and the increasing number of subscribers in the Brazilian market. The installed Cisco technology will enable NIC.br to easily add 100-Gbps capacity as demand dictates. According to the most recent Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecast, global IP traffic is expected to increase three fold between 2012 and 2017 because of the increased use of video, mobile, and cloud applications.
 
The ASR 9000 platform met NIC.br’s requirement for a rapidly deployable approach that could meet its growing capacity needs without forcing an upgrade to any existing fibre-optic cable infrastructure, according to Cisco. The upgrade will also enable a redundant network topology to help PTT.br improve its availability, by reducing traffic losses in the IP network when there are failures in the optical transport layer.
 
“The Cisco ASR 9000 platform was selected after a long process that considered functionality, performance, and physical aspects (rack space and power consumption). PTT.br also understands that VPLS together with 100 GE and IP/DWDM is the appropriate solution to meet our scalability, resilient and redundant needs for the coming years,” said Eduardo Ascenco Reis, manager, NIC.br.
 
By Pauline Rigby

See Also: 
Press release: Cisco Enables Largest Internet Exchange (IXP) Operator in Latin America to Scale Beyond Current Technologies

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This article was written
by Pauline Rigby