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The first router specifically for Mans, the 10720, enables video, Net telephony and virtual private network tunnelling - secure channels over the public Internet.
Analysts believe Cisco is repositioning to take advantage of the growth in the deployment of Mans - which fit in somewhere between the Lan and the Wan - by businesses and service providers, following the trend of pushing IP over longer distances and moving away from carrier methods such as Sonet.
Cisco is also repositioning its high-end 12000 series towards the network edge by launching a series of line cards to enable high-speed services to Cisco devices, and the 12404 Internet router which it claims is the smallest 10gbps router available.