Cisco Network Convergence System 560-7 Router Data Sheet

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Cisco® NCS 560-7 Router is a full-featured, modular and programmable aggregation platform. It is designed for the cost-effective delivery of converged mobile, residential, and business services. The NCS 560-7 provides Redundancy, shallow depth, low power consumption, high Ethernet interface density and high services scale, optimized for aggregation and remote Point-Of-Presence (POP) applications.

The Cisco NCS 560-7 Router (Figure 1) provides a comprehensive and scalable feature set, supporting Layer 2 VPN, Layer 3 VPN, Ethernet VPN (E-VPN) and Multicast services in a compact design.

Cisco NCS 560 Router

Figure 1.            

Cisco NCS 560 Router

Product highlights

      7 RU small form factor with depth <300mm

      Fully redundant platform with 50 msec ISSU support

      Side-to-side airflow

      5G ready with support for Segment Routing and EVPN

      4 x 100G support on NCS560 7 RU

      Supports industrial temperature conditions

      High Density of 1G/10G/40G/100G ethernet ports. 25G/50G on roadmap

      100G/200G CFP2 DCO support

      100G QSFP-DD ZR optics support on roadmap

      Low latency forwarding, typically <10 µs

      Precise frequency and phase/time synchronization using the latest industry standards

      Security- Trust Anchor infrastructure, secure boot, image signing, run-time defense

      Part of Cisco Certified Metro Fabric Design

      MEF 3.0 certified for carrier ethernet deployments

      Rich Quality of Service capabilities for different SLAs

      Excellent manageability

Major applications

Broadband aggregation

The modular Cisco NCS 560-7 Router supports broadband aggregation for delivering “any-play” services (voice, video, data, and mobility). Designed to support thousands of subscribers, the NCS 560 includes Quality of Service (QoS) features that allow the routers to scale to a large number of queues per device. Combined with a highly granular, three-level hierarchical QoS algorithm, a large number of queues can result in a greatly enhanced broadband user experience. This full-featured Layer 2 and Layer 3 router supports a variety of broadband applications, including IPTV and Video on Demand (VoD), enhancing and extending the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network architecture.

Pre-aggregation for mobile applications

Deployed as a pre-aggregation platform for mobile backhaul, the NCS 560-7 Router can aggregate cell sites and use Segment Routing (SR, SR-TE) or Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) as a transport for Radio Access Network (RAN) backhaul traffic. It also provides the timing services required in today’s converged access networks by offering integrated support for the Building Integrated Timing Supply (BITS), 10 MHz, 1 Pulse Per Second (1PPS), and Time Of Day (TOD) interfaces. The router also supports synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol, and Global Positioning System (GPS) interfaces. In addition, the NCS 560-7 Router can be deployed in small and rugged environments, due to its shallow depth and qualification for extended temperature ranges.

Metro ethernet aggregation

The NCS 560-7 Router is built to meet service provider requirements for Carrier Ethernet aggregation. It is optimized for remote central office and smaller aggregation sites where a full-featured, modular, small-footprint, and fully redundant aggregation platform is needed. This router offers service flexibility and delivers Layer 2, IP, MPLS, and Segment Routing transport for advanced L2VPN, L3VPN, EVPN and multicast services.

Major differentiators

The NCS 560-7 Router helps service providers deliver highly scalable advanced services for residential broadband, mobile, and Metro Ethernet applications. This allows an operator to provide differentiated and cost-effective services to end users.

Flexible deployment options

The NCS 560 Router is designed with a compact form factor to accommodate deployment in small spaces. Available with a range of mounting options, the router can be deployed in space-constrained locations such as ETSI 300-mm deep cabinets. The side-to-side airflow design allows two Cisco NCS 560-7 Routers to be mounted back-to-back in a 600-mm cabinet, while the extended temperature range supported by the router allows it to be deployed in locations with minimum environmental control. Small footprint and extended temperature range support allow service providers to extend the reach of their Carrier Ethernet networks to more challenging and remote locations, yet save money on air conditioning.

High availability and modularity

The NCS 560-7 Router is a modular platform. Cisco offers redundant Route Switch Processors (RSPs), AC and DC power supplies, a high-speed fan tray, and a wide range of Ethernet interface modules. The Ethernet interfaces are available in copper and fiber, with speeds ranging from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps. The interface modules, power supplies, and fan tray are all field replaceable.

The design of the Cisco NCS 560-7 Router delivers in-box hardware redundancy and supports software redundancy with In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) support when a pair of route switch processors is inserted in the chassis.

Operational efficiency

The NCS 560-7 Router features essential capabilities that help service providers simplify and automate the management of their networks through device programmability and services orchestration, promoting efficiency gains in the deployment and operation of the networks. The router provides proactive diagnostic and telemetry tools which help service providers avoid potential problems before they occur, troubleshoot any problems, and implement solutions when problems are diagnosed.

System design

The NCS 560-7 Router is built as fully modular systems with a future-ready design. The router chassis supports online field replacement and upgrades of all components. The NCS 560-7 Router is designed to contain one fan tray, up to three power supplies, two Route Switch Processor (RSP) cards, and up to 16 interface module cards. All components support online replacement and field upgrades.

Fan tray

The NCS 560-7 Router has a single high-speed fan tray slot, which must be populated for the system to operate. The fan tray contains redundant fans. The system continues to operate on a single fan failure. The system has been designed to remain operational during the replacement of the fan tray. The duration of the fan tray replacement has a hard time limit imposed on reinsertion of the fan tray depending on the system’s ambient temperature. In addition to cooling the chassis, the fan tray also contains a connector for dry-contact inputs and several system-level alarm LEDs. The NCS 560-7 Router fan module supports an optional field-serviceable dust filter.

Power supply

AC and DC power supplies are available for NCS 560-7 Router. Depending on the system module configuration, and redundancy requirements, two or three power supplies might be needed. The system supports operation on a single power supply, while two power supplies will function in a load-share configuration and three power supplies will function in a 2+1 protection scheme. Mixing of AC and DC power supplies in a single operational chassis is supported.

Route switch processor

The Cisco NCS 560-7 Route Switch Processor (RSP4) is the centralized card in the system responsible for control plane, forwarding (data) plane and management plane, and also provides the network-timing. The Cisco NCS 560-7 Route Switch Processor is a Field Replaceable Unit (FRU).

Interface modules

The Cisco NCS 560-7 Router is a modular system with sixteen interface module slots (slots 0 to 15). These slots support a variety of Ethernet interface modules, with interface speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 100Gbps.


The Cisco NCS 560-7 Router operates with Cisco IOS® XR Software, which is a modular operating system. This software is designed to provide modular packaging, feature velocity, and powerful resiliency. For more information on the supported features and software capabilities, see the Cisco IOS XR Software for Cisco NCS 560-7 Router data sheet.

Network management

The Cisco NCS 560-7 Router is supported in the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) architectures. Cisco Evolved Programmable Networks Manager (EPN-M) is an end-to-end network management solution that drastically simplifies the design, provisioning, and management of carrier-grade networks. It is a comprehensive solution that centralizes and automates service design, fulfillment, assurance, and performance analysis to help service providers and enterprises lower their costs while meeting high customer expectations.

In addition to the support for EPN-M, the Cisco NCS 560-7 Router also supports device programmability & Services Orchestration capabilities through a variety of embedded Transport Controllers, SDN Controllers and Network Services Orchestration Solutions.

Product specifications

Tables 2 through 4 list the product, power, and environmental specifications for the Cisco ASR 900 Series routers. Tables 5 and 6 provide safety, compliance, and certification information.

Table 1.        Cisco NCS 560-7 Router System specifications


Cisco NCS 560-7 Router

Physical specifications1

Height: 12.22 in. (310.38 mm) - 7RU

Width: 17.44 in. (443 mm)

Depth: 9.22 in. (234.2 mm)


  69.32 lb (31.4 kg) with two RSPs, two DC power supplies, and loaded with a typical combination of interface module cards
  34.9 lb (15.9 kg) for an empty chassis
  58 lb shipment weight

Rack mounts

ETSI rack mount kit

19 in. rack mount kit

23 in. rack mount kit

Power supplies

3 power supply slots

Interface modules

16 interface module slots

Route switch processors

2 RSP slots

Fan tray

1 fan tray with fan redundancy

4 dry contact input alarms on the fan tray

Air flow

Side-to-side airflow; inlet on the right side, outlet on the left side when looking from the front

Power supplies

Up to 3 power supplies (AC or DC)

Modules operate in load share mode

System can operate on a single power supply and supports mixing of AC and DC power supplies in a single chassis.

Chassis MTBF at 40°C (104°F) operating temperature (25°C / 77°F ambient temperature)

6,620,000 hours

Fan Tray MTBF at 40°C (104°F) operating temperature (25°C / 77°F ambient temperature)

193,000 hours

Table 2.        Power specifications


Cisco NCS 560-7 Router


Power consumption

Maximum input power 1680W (fully loaded, @ 55 degrees operation temperature, including loss). This is equivalent to 5800 BTU per hr.

Typical input power depends on the actual configuration and can be checked using the Cisco power calculator tool at

AC input voltage and frequency

Voltage range: 85 to 264 VAC, nominal 115 to 230 VAC

Frequency Range: 47 to 63 Hz, nominal 50 to 60 Hz


AC Power Supply MTBF at 40°C (104°F) operating temperature (25°C / 77°F ambient temperature)

1,300,000 hours


DC input voltage

For 1200W DC power supply, voltage range: –40.8V to –72V DC, nominal –48V/–60V DC


DC Power Supply MTBF at 40°C (104°F) operating temperature (25°C / 77°F ambient temperature)

1,460,000 hours


Power Supply shipment packaging size (LxWxH)

15.44 in. x 9.44 in. x 4.31 in.


Power Supply shipment weight

3.6 lbs.


Table 3.        Environmental specifications


Cisco NCS 560-7 Router

Operating environment and altitude1

–40 to 65°C operating temperature (DC operation, with 1200W power supplies)

–40 to 65°C operating temperature (AC operation, with 1200W power supply)

–60 to 1800m operating altitude (for full operating temperature range)

Up to 4000m operating altitude (at up to 40°C temperature)

Outside plant

For an outside plant installation, it is required that the router be protected against airborne contaminants, dust, moisture, insects, pests, corrosive gases, polluted air, or other reactive elements present in the outside air. To achieve this level of protection, it is recommended that the unit be installed in a fully sealed enclosure. Examples of such cabinets include IP65 cabinets with heat exchanger complying with Telcordia GR487.

Relative humidity

5 to 95%, noncondensing

Acoustic noise3

Acoustic noise peak operation complies with Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS) GR-63-Core Issue 3 sound power level of 78 dB at 27°C operation as measured by the ANSI S12.10/ISO 7779 NAIS noise measurement test standard.

Storage environment

Temperature: –40 to 70°C altitude: 15,000 ft (4570m)


Zone 4

Hazardous substances

Reduction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) 6

1Minimum temperature range of chassis, fan tray, RSP engine, power supply, optics, and interface modules will dictate the supported operating temperature range. Maximum cooling fan tray module is assumed.

Table 4.        Safety and Compliance




  UL 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 2 nd edition
  IEC 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  EN 60950-1, 2 nd edition
  AS/NZS 60950.1:2003


  FCC CFR47 Part 15 Class A

Emissions compliance

  EN55022, class A
  CISPR22, class A
  ICES-003, class A
  EN 300 386, class A
  VCCI, class A
  KN22, class A
  EN61000-3-2 to EN61000-3-3

Immunity compliance

  EN 300 386
  EN 61000-6-1
  EN 50082-1
  EN 55024
  KN 24
  EN 50121-4
  EN/KN 61000-4-2 to EN/KN 61000-4-6
  EN/KN 61000-4-8
  EN/KN 61000-4-11


  GR-63-CORE Issue 3
  GR-1089-CORE Issue 5
  SR-3580 NEBS Level 3


  ETS/EN 300 119 Part 4
  ETS/EN 300 019 - Storage: Class 1.2, Transportation: Class 2.3, In-Use/Operational: Class 3.2
  ETS/EN 300 753

Network synchronization

  ANSI T1.101
  ITU-T G.703 clause 5
  ITU-T G.703 clause 9
  ITU-T G.781
  ITU-T G.813
  ITU-T G.823
  ITU-T G.824
  ITU-T G.8261/Y.1361
  ITU-T G.8265.1
  ITU-T G.8273.2 – Class B
  ITU-T G.8275.1
  ITU-T G.8275.2
1Notable exception: All cabling is provided through the front panel.

Table 5.        Certifications


Cisco NCS 560-7 Router

Common Criteria

Cisco NCS 560-7 Router running Cisco IOS XR 6.6.1 Software


Carrier Ethernet (CE) 1.0 and CE 2.0. MEF 9 and MEF 14

Carrier Ethernet (CE) 3.0 with XR 6.6.25 Software

IEEE 1588-2008


  IEEE 1588 TM Conformity Test Suite for Frequency Synchronization in Telecommunications Networks - Packet Slave Clock
  IEEE Std 1588 TM-2008 and Recommendation ITU-T G.8265.1 (10/2010) with Amendments 1 (04/2011) and 2 (10/2012)

Ordering information

Table 6.        Ordering information for NCS 560 7 RU Hardware

Part Number



NCS 560 7RU System ATO, 800G, XL scale, Flexible Consumption


NCS 560 7RU System ATO, 800G, LL scale, Flexible Consumption


NCS 560 Route Switch Processor, 800G, XL scale


NCS 560 Route Switch Processor, 800G, XL scale, Spare


NCS 560 Route Switch Processor, 800G, L scale


NCS 560 Route Switch Processor, 800G, L scale, Spare


NCS 560 High Speed Fan Tray


NCS 560 High Speed Fan Tray, Spare


NCS 560 Fan Tray Filter


NCS 560 Fan Tray Filter Spare


ASR 907 Router Chassis


ASR 907 Router Chassis, Spare


ETSI Rack Mount Option for the Cisco ASR 907, Spare


EIA 19in Rack Mount Option for the Cisco ASR 907, Spare


ASR 907 Cable Guide Bracket, Spare


ASR 900 1200W AC Power Supply


ASR 900 1200W AC Power Supply, Spare


ASR 900 1200W DC Power Supply


ASR 900 1200W DC Power Supply, Spare


NCS 560 1200W DC Power Supply Enhanced, Dying Gasp


NCS 560 1200W DC Power Supply Enhanced, Dying Gasp, Spare


ASR 900 Power Supply Blank Cover, Spare


ASR 900 Route Switch Processor Type-B Blank Cover, Spare


ASR 900 Interface Module Type-A Blank Cover, Spare

Table 7.        Ordering information for software licenses available on NCS 560 portfolio.

Product ID (PID)



Access Essentials SW Right-to-Use v1.0 per 100G


Access Advantage w/o Essentials SW RTU v1.0 100G


Access Advantage w/ Essentials SW RTU v1.0 100G


Access Essentials to Advantage Upgrade RTU per 100G


Access Essentials SIA 100G 3-5 year term


Access Essentials SIA 100G 5-10 year term


Access Advantage w/o Essentials SIA 100G 3-5 year term


Access Advantage w/o Essentials SIA 100G 5-10 year term


Access Advantage w/ Essentials SIA 100G 3-5 year term


Access Advantage w/ Essentials SIA 100G 5-10 year term


Access Essentials to Advantage Upgrade SIA 100G 3-5 yrs


Access Essentials to Advantage Upgrade SIA 100G 5-10 yrs


NCS 560 Series additional Software Licenses (RTU, SIA)

Warranty information

Warranty information is available on at the Product Warranties page.

Service and Support

Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to help accelerate customer success. These innovative services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, promoting high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Services help you protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco Services, refer to Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.

Cisco is committed to reducing your total cost of ownership. Cisco offers a portfolio of technical support services to help ensure that Cisco products operate efficiently, remain highly available, and benefit from the most up-to-date system software. The services and support programs described in Table 7 are available as part of the Cisco Carrier Ethernet Switching Service and Support solution and are available directly from Cisco and through resellers.

Table 8.        Service and Support

Advanced Services



Cisco Total Implementation Solutions (TIS), available directly from Cisco

Cisco Packaged TIS, available through resellers

  Project management
  Site survey, configuration, and deployment
  Installation, text, and cutover
  Major moves, adds, and changes
  Design review and product staging
  Supplement existing staff
  Help ensure functions meet needs
  Mitigate risk

Cisco SP Base Support and Service Provider-Based Onsite Support, available directly from Cisco

Cisco Packaged Service Provider- Based Support, available through resellers

  24-hour access to software updates
  Web access to technical repositories
  Telephone support through the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
  Advance replacement of hardware parts
  Facilitate proactive or expedited problem resolution
  Lower total cost of ownership by taking advantage of Cisco expertise and knowledge
  Reduce network downtime

Product sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives and performance is provided in Cisco’s CSR and sustainability reporting.

Table 9.        Product sustainability

Sustainability Topic



Information on product-material-content laws and regulations


Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including our products, batteries and packaging

WEEE Compliance

Information on product takeback and resuse program

Cisco Takeback and Reuse Program

Sustainability Inquiries



Product packaging weight and materials


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