By Andrew WalkerCisco has revealed plans to build the world’s first commercial broadband link through its Cascadia network, the company said on Wednesday.
The new fiber optic cable is expected to be operational in 2021.
“We are launching the first 100Mb of fibre-based internet connectivity in the United States,” Cisco CEO Randal Neistat told the Association of American Publishers in a video announcement.
“The next wave will be more efficient and cheaper than current broadband, which is often very expensive.
This will open up a whole new market for our customers.”
Cisco is already building its Cresco project in the Pacific Northwest, which aims to bring broadband to a region of more than 1.6 million people, and the company has been pushing the idea of connecting more rural and remote areas, too.
In addition to the Pacific Ocean, the new Crescos project will extend the network to the Great Lakes region, the Southwestern United States and Alaska, Neistatt said.
“This will be the first large-scale, global, broadband project built by Cresoc,” he said.
Cresco will be powered by the company’s super-efficient 3G and 4G technologies.
The network will include fibre-to-the-node technology and be deployed in residential and commercial areas.
Cisco’s move to build its first commercial fiber-optics network in the U.S. has raised eyebrows, and some analysts have called for it to be cancelled, saying that it could be too expensive and too late for some people.
But NeistAT said the company had no plans to stop the project.
“The reality is that we have to invest in new and better technologies, and our competitors are starting to catch up,” he told the publishers.
“We need to continue investing in our business and this is one of the reasons why we are bringing this fiber optic network to customers in the states, as well as the regions of the US and Canada.”
While the project is just getting started, Cisco is looking ahead to the next phase of its investment.
“Cresoc is about connecting the future to the past,” Neistatta said.
“This is a first step towards building a fiber-based infrastructure in the future, and we look forward to the rest of our work with Creso to continue to build on the lessons learned from the past and help to create a new and sustainable industry.”