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Yahoo! Japan Service To Deploy 40-Gbit Link

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Yahoo! BB, the Japan Yahoo! broadband service launched by Softbank BB Corp., is the first to use a native 40-Gbit/sec interface on the Cisco CRS-1 core router. National 40-Gbit links in Japan will be used to carry IPTV, video-on-demand, and other multimedia IP services.

The upgrade of the routers reinforces Cisco’s prediction at the launch of the CRS-1 in mid-2004 that multichannel IPTV services would warrant upgrades to native 40-Gbit links soon. Some of the first 40-Gbit long-haul transport equipment was introduced at the end of the 1990s, but the telecom crash virtually froze 40-Gbit networks for more than five years.