Cisco to provide Internet access in Siberia

NOVOSIBIRSK -- Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), a  telecommunications service provider in Russia and other CIS countries, has deployed a Cisco technology to provide its rapidly growing audience of subscribers with high-quality Internet access despite the growing shortage of IPv4 addresses.

According to Cisco, its Cisco®CRS-3 Carrier Routing System 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. It is enough to download the entire content of the US Library of Congress in a little more than a second. It can provide simultaneous video communications for the whole population of China and - in less than four minutes - transmit all the movies created in the history of humankind.

"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," said Andrei Kouzmitch, director of system engineering, Cisco Russia, in a release.

The Cisco Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (NAT) solution deployed by MTS also makes it possible to connect new users to the Internet by offering one address to several subscribers, with the capability to extend the system to 80 million address translations. Cisco said this will enable MTS to centralize Internet access for several regional mobile and fixed networks. 

"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," said Oleg Larionov, director of transport network department, MTS.

Initially, the technology has been installed in Siberia but it will be implemented in all other regional subsidiaries across the country.