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Russia’s MTS deploys Cisco’s routing system

Telecom and networking equipment manufacturer Cisco has said that Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the telecommunications service provider in Russia and other CIS countries, has deployed the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System to provide its growing audience of subscribers with Internet access despite the growing shortage of IPv4 addresses.

The equipment was delivered by Sitronics IT, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner in Russia.

The Cisco Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (NAT) offering deployed by MTS makes it possible to connect new users by offering one address to several subscribers.

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The capability to extend the system to 80 million address translations will enable MTS to centralise Internet access for several regional mobile and fixed networks, said Cisco.

In the initial phase, Cisco NAT has been installed in Siberia. In future this technology will be implemented in all other regional subsidiaries across the country, Cisco said.

Cisco CRS-3 provides more than triple the capacity, from 320 gigabits per second to 1.12 terabits per second per shelf on existing power, cooling, and rack-space profile, significantly reducing the carbon footprint, said the company.

Cisco claimed that with the new speeds, one could download the entire content of the US Library of Congress in a little more than a second and – in less than four minutes – transmit all the movies created in the history of humankind.

MTS transport network department director Oleg Larionov said development of mobile and fixed Internet, as well as availability of smart phones that connect automatically to download software updates, caused a serious shortage of IP addresses.

Larionov continued, "According to experts, in 2011 – 2012 the IPv4 address space is expected to be used up. In the near future the problem will become visible not only to the experts, but also to rank-and-file Internet users who – if we fail to solve the problem proactively – will have to queue for an IP address to go online. Cisco Carrier-Grade NAT will provide MTS subscribers with smooth and seamless migration to IPv6. Experts believe that IPv6 will have enough addresses for another 10 to 20 years. As a result our subscribers will be insured against address-related Internet access problems for decades ahead."

Cisco Russia system engineering director Andrei Kouzmitch said, "The Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System is a foundation basis for the next generation Internet. Its implementation will enable MTS to set the pace for rapid proliferation of video technologies, mobile high-speed Internet access and new online services in the current decade. It will also allow us to build more scalable and efficient networks."
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