Cisco has announced a new routing system that it says is going to speed up the Internet in a big way. According to the company, Cisco CRS-3 — currently being tested by AT&T — is three times faster than its predecessor, which was introduced in 2004.
The company offers a few intriguing sound bites about the CRS-3 and what it enables:
– the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second
– every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously
– every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.
Of course, that’s not for end users, but ultimately allows the telecom companies (Cisco’s customers) to route traffic around the Internet faster. Speaking to the reasoning behind the new speed push, Cisco CEO John Chambers says in the video below that he expects Internet traffic to grow at “200-500 percent per year” as bandwidth-intensive activities like downloading and streaming video continue to explode.
A much faster internet will open up all kinds of new possibilities.