Controlled technology is subject to national security, foreign policy,
and anti-terrorism laws and regulations. Each of us is responsible for
safeguarding Cisco design, development, and production technology
("controlled technology") to prevent unauthorized access by countries
that have not ratified global weapons nonproliferation treaties.
Employees may not electronically, verbally, or physically transfer
controlled technology to individuals in these countries unless they
obtain written authorization from the Global Export Trade group.
(Note: Nondisclosure agreements do not constitute "written authorization.")
Cisco Controlled Technology
The U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) provides
that the release of technology or software to a foreign
national is an export. A foreign national is anyone who
is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident alien, or
a lawfully admitted refugee or asylee. Exports occur in
everyday disclosures of information to a foreign national
via consultation, training, company visits, and conversations
through e-mail, fax, and telephone.
A U.S. export license may be required before a foreign
national accesses certain
kinds of software or technology to a foreign national if:
The software or technology is export-controlled and
Cisco Product Examples
Total Digital Transfer Rate Exceeding 120 Gbp/s
Equipment employing digital techniques designed to operate at a “total digital transfer rate” exceeding 120 Gbit/s (OC-768) Interpreted the speed of a single port that exceeds 120Gbp/s.
This definition does not include aggregated
transfer rate (4 OC-192 cards running at 40Gbp/s would not be
subject to this control).
An optional CRS-1 line card, the 1-Port OC-768c/STN-256c POS Interface Card has a single port total digital transfer rate exceeding 15 Gbp/s.
The routing of or switching of signals in optical form without
conversion to electrical signals.
The optional ROADM module associated with Cisco's ONS 15454
(MSTP) employs functionality meeting the regulatory definition of
Signaling System 7 (SS7)
Common Channel Signaling: A signaling method in which a single channel
between exchanges conveys, by means of labeled messages, signaling information
relating to a multiplicity of circuits or calls and other information
such as that used for network management.
The Cisco BTS10200, PGW2200, EGW2200 and ITP product
lines implement SS7 in non-associated mode.
The individual is a citizen of one or more of the following countries:
D:1 County Group
* North Korea
* Is also a E:1 country.
E:1 Country Group(a license is required for nationals from E:1 countries)
Access includes the following:
The release or transfer of technology through visual inspection (such as reading technical specifications, plans, blueprints, etc).
Oral exchange of technology including when technology is made available by practice or application under the guidance of persons with knowledge of the technology.
Posting information on a website or FTP site for downloading.
Simply using Cisco products does not fall within the scope of technology and hence is not subject to the regulations described below.
Technology is defined as:
Specific information related to all stages prior to serial production,
such as design, design research, design analyses, design concepts,
assembly and testing of prototypes, pilot production schemes, design data,
process of transforming design data into a product, configuration design,
integration design,or layouts.
Specific information related to all production stages, such as product
engineering, manufacture, integration, assembly (mounting), inspection,
testing, or quality assurance; and
Specific information related to an item's operation, installation
(including onsite installation), maintenance (checking), repair, overhaul,
Technology does not include publicly available information, marketing materials, or external or public white papers.
Technology does include "how-to" information, such as Electronic Document Control System (EDCS) documents, comments in source code, conversations, and similar knowledge transfers.
It is beyond the scope of this site to offer counseling or legal advice on export compliance issues. Please contact the relevant government agencies for counseling and guidance
on export licensing and other issues as well as access to the latest information on embargoes and denial lists.