Numericable First to Deliver Broadband Services Across France Based on 100Mbps Standard With Cisco IP Next-Generation Network

Cisco and Scientific Atlanta DOCSIS 3.0 Downstream Channel Bonding Solution Helps Numericable to Offer Advanced Triple-Play Services to All Regions in France PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2006 -- Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today that Numericable, the largest cable operator in France, has started a nationwide upgrade of its network based on the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture to bring ultra-high-speed (up to 100+ megabits per second*) broadband services to more than 9 million households in France by the end of 2007. The upgrade will allow Numericable to offer customers a set of converged services, such as advanced video, voice and data services, over a single broadband connection. Philippe Besnier, chief executive officer of Numericable, said: "Cisco is making it possible for us to further increase broadband speeds to our customers by another order of magnitude, with the potential for even higher rates in the future. This gives us a significant advantage in what is now the most competitive triple-play market in Europe." Numericable is deploying fiber to customers' premises nationwide and is increasing throughput of its existing network by using the Cisco Wideband solution, which applies downstream channel-bonding technology (defined in the CableLabs® DOCSIS® 3.0 specification) to logically combine several radio frequency (RF) channels to achieve theoretical broadband data rates in excess of hundreds of megabits per second. The solution uses the industry-leading Cisco uBR10012 cable modem termination systems (CMTS), and high-density xDQA24 edge quadrature amplitude modulators (QAMs) and EPC2505 Wideband cable modems from Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company. Thierry Drilhon, vice president, Cisco France, said: "We are working with cable operators throughout Europe to help them optimize their networks using DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel-bonding technology. Today's announcement with Numericable is significant as it marks the start of a new phase with our systems delivering the benefits of this technology to users on a major scale. Numericable customers throughout France can look forward to being the first to experience the benefits of ultra wideband* services." * The maximum performance is derived from standards specifications. Actual performance will be less, based on network capacity, data throughput rate, range, environmental and local conditions and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, interference and other adverse conditions. About Numericable Numericable is the leading cable broadband operator in France part of the YPSO Group also present in the Belgium and Luxembourg Markets. Numericable offers video, digital and analog, data and voice to 9.0 million homes in France. Numericable has been constituted through the acquisition of Est Videocommunication, France Télécom Câble, TDF Cable, NC Numéricable, UPC and Noos. About Cisco Systems Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at For ongoing news, please go to Cisco equipment in Europe is supplied by Cisco Systems International BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc. Scientific Atlanta is a registered trademark of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems, the Cisco Systems logo and Catalyst are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. CableLabs and DOCSIS are registered trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information. For direct RSS Feeds of all Cisco news, please visit "News@Cisco" at the following link: Press Contact (France): Veronique Jaffro Cisco Systems +33 (0)15 804 3190 Press Contact (Europe): JoAnne Hughes Cisco Systems +44 (0)20 8824 0314 Analyst Contact: Michal Halama Cisco Systems +44 (0)20 8824 0511 Investor Relations Contact: Aimee Fuller Cisco Systems +44 (0)20 8824 0874 SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.