Gartner Research

Gigabit and Terabit Routers: An Introduction

Published: 04 January 2000

ID: G0090520

Analyst(s): Xandree K. Norville


Gigabit and terabit routers are the latest class of equipment to hit the market with the goal of providing high-speed data, voice, and video services on one network for end users. We provide an overview of this emerging technology, some selection criteria, and a list of vendors marketing gigabit and terabit routers, including the established networking leaders and some of the remaining start-ups that are attempting to hold their own against the giants.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
    • Description
    • The Need for Speed
    • Integrating IP and ATM
    • Quality of Service
    • Other Features
    • Edge and Core
  • Technology Analysis
    • Business Use
    • Standards
    • Selection Guidelines
  • Technology Leaders
    • Avici
    • Cisco Systems
    • Ericsson
    • Juniper Networks
    • Lucent Technologies
    • Nortel Networks
    • Pluris
    • Siemans AG
  • Datapro Insight

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