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Cisco Promises Light-Speed Internet

March 9, 2010

Technology giant Cisco Systems, Inc. has unveiled new Internet hardware that they claim will be 12 times faster than the competition and make surfing the Web faster than ever before.

The CRS-3 core router, unveiled Tuesday by the San Jose, California based network equipment manufacturer, is said to be three times faster than its predecessor, the CRS-1.

According to quotes attributed to the company in a March 9, 2010 AFP article, the router can download “the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress…in just over one second,” as well as allow “every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously” and “every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.”

The CRS-3, which is projected to go on sale this fall for a base price of $90,000, will be “aimed at telecommunications operators, which have to constantly upgrade their networks to serve surging Internet use, driven by popular smartphones like Apple Inc’s iPhone and Web services like Google Inc’s YouTube,” notes Sinead Carew of Reuters.

However, the results won’t be seen immediately. AT&T told AFP that they don’t expect to begin utilizing the CRS-3 until 2012, and analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley added that most consumers may not notice the enhanced performance until 2015 or later.

“It’s going to take a long time to deploy it,” Enderle told Glenn Chapman of the AFP. “With an infrastructure play you have to change a lot of stuff out before people get the benefit of it.”

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