Cisco Systems submitted on Tuesday faster, more feature rich versions of their routers to access hot-selling in an attempt to fend off competition from rivals Juniper Networks and 3Com.
new 1800, 2800 and 3800 Cisco wide area network access routers feature embedded security measures and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), a method for making telephone calls over the unregulated Internet, rather than telephone network heavily regulated and taxed traditional, “said Mike Volpi, senior vice president and general manager for Cisco’s routing technology group.
“These devices only when necessary to direct traffic, but that does not do it again,” said Volpi. “We must do more.”
This equipment is typically used by small to medium businesses or large companies with branches. The routers sit at the customer’s network and facilitate access to Internet and other wide area services. Most of these devices are sold by companies, which offer their customers as part of their data networks and Internet services.
Cisco dominates the U.S. $ 4 billion a year market for such equipment, claiming a 90 percent market share. But in the last six months, Cisco rival Juniper Networks and 3Com have made efforts to attack Cisco’s dominant position, according to Joel Conover, principal analyst at Current Analysis.
“The Cisco platforms today are old,” said Conover. “He now faces a new threat, competition, and – conveniently -. It has been working on a new platform for two years”
The 1800 costs U.S. $ 1,395, the 2800 is U.S. $ 1,995 and are available this month. The 3800, around U.S. $ 9500, Start selling in October.