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Press Release -- August 22nd, 2012
Source: Cisco Systems, DukeNet Communications

DukeNet Communications Selects Cisco to Expand Fiber Network Access Across the Southeast

CHARLOTTE, NC–(Marketwire -08/22/12)- DukeNet Communications is pleased to announce their deployment with Cisco to expand their fiber network Ethernet access across the Southeast. This Cisco ASR 9000 network upgrade in the Carolinas helps DukeNet evolve beyond transport and now provide additional services with this routed platform while continuing to ensure advanced quality of service (QoS) metrics.

The upgrade will intelligently blend the edge, aggregation and access points in DukeNet’s massive network, simplifying operation and accelerating IPv6 service implementation across the Southeast. This architecture will allow DukeNet to introduce profitable new services, optimize network performance and efficiency, reduce operational costs and complexity, and enhance the customer experience.

DukeNet Communications has built a fiber foundation on traditional transport methodology over 7,000 miles of fiber across the Southeastern United States and is now a Provider Edge (PE) core aggregation facility providing interconnectivity with the broader Ethernet exchange network. This DukeNet next generation network is now interconnected at Layer 2 and 3 to other provider networks.

This is DukeNet’s first step to delivering IP and MPLS based services, and this investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing next generation services to their enterprise level customers.

“Beyond providing excellent regional coverage, which DukeNet has been well known for, we’re now creating a foundation for delivering more advanced services. This is consistent with our strategy of building the best network first, then layering on services, rather than the other way around,” says David Herran, DukeNet’s senior director of network architecture.

With global IP traffic forecasted to exceed a zetabyte by 2016, network operators such as DukeNet intend to seize growth opportunities while monetizing new services, optimizing their operations, reducing expenses, and improving scalability and flexibility — all to deliver next-generation Internet experiences to the business community.

The Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers can serve as the foundational baseline for next-generation Carrier Ethernet networks, providing up to 96 terabits (Tbps) per system.

“We’re pleased to partner with Cisco on this network upgrade,” says Mike Prendergast, SVP sales and marketing for DukeNet. “This ensures our commitment to providing excellent customer service while supporting our strategy for enterprise Ethernet growth.”

DukeNet installed ASR 9000 units in major metropolitan areas including: Charlotte, Winston Salem/Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham, NC and Greenville, SC. The company has plans to expand into Atlanta, GA, Knoxville and Nashville, TN, Ashville, NC, Columbia and Charleston, SC in the near future.

About DukeNet Communications
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, DukeNet is a leading regional service provider offering advanced data and high capacity bandwidth services to enterprise, data center, government, and carrier customers. DukeNet’s network controls nearly 7,000 route miles of fiber optic capacity and enables cloud computing and high bandwidth applications for specific commercial market segments. More information about DukeNet is available at

Ron Proleika
DukeNet Communications
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