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Cisco Network Convergence System 500 Series Routers

Intelligently scale access networks

The Cisco NCS 500 Series is a highly secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers. The routers are available in both fixed and modular form factors, facilitating advanced features for automation and programmability throughout your access network for 5G, Remote PHY, Carrier Ethernet, and FTTx.

NCS 500 Series models

Redefine your access network. Converge your network services.

NCS 520

  • 1 RU
  • Up to 60 Gbps
  • 8-port NID or 24-port Carrier Ethernet switch

NCS 540

  • 1 RU
  • Up to 300 Gbps
  • 24 x 1/10 GE; 8 x 1/10/25 GE; 2 x 40/100 GE

NCS 560

  • 4-7 RU
  • Up to 800 Gbps
  • Up to 16 interface modules and 2 RSP slots

New - NCS 540 Fronthaul Routers

The Cisco NCS 540 Fronthaul Routers are built to be 5G ready with advanced timing capabilities, ultra-low latency, ultra-high capacity and now supporting CPRI, eCPRI, and Radio over Ethernet (ROE).

  • 1 RU
  • Up to 900 Gbps
  • 8 x CPRI Option 3-8; 4 x 1 / 10G / CPRI 3-8; 2 x 10 / 25G (802.1Qbu); 2 x 100G
  • 24 x 1G / 10G / 25G (802.1Qbu, CPRI option 3-8); 4 x 100G


5G ready

The NCS 540 and NCS 560 are built to be 5G ready with advanced timing capabilities, ultra-low latency, and ultra-high capacity. They provide the foundation for new 5G applications such as pervasive MBB, massive IoT, tactile Internet, smart cities, and AR/VR with flexibility, automation, and zero-touch provisioning.

Architectural flexibility

Intelligently converge network services onto a single platform with the highly scalable and energy-efficient NCS 500 Series. Get increased capacity with flexible port configuration of 1/10/25/40/100 in compact form factors with lower power and cost per bit.

Programmability and automation

Extend control throughout your network with application-aware networking made possible by segment routing, open and programmable interfaces with Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) and YANG.

Real time network visibility

Complete, real-time and deep view of the network with streaming telemetry enabling big data analytics.

Zero-touch provisioning

Automate the setup process. Securely deploy, provision, and configure the NCS 500 Series throughout your access network.

Cisco Services

Solve problems faster, improve operational efficiency, and reduce your risk of downtime.


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