Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 5500 Series

Mass Scale Metro and WAN Aggregation

The NCS 5500 Series offers industry-leading 100 GbE and 400 GbE port density to handle massive traffic growth. It is designed for operational simplicity and to efficiently meet the scaling needs of large enterprises, web, and service providers.

Features and benefits

Mass scale

Handle traffic growth with fixed or modular systems delivering unprecedented 100G and 400G density.

Service agility

Build unique network experiences with Segment Routing and EVPN powered by cloud-enhanced IOS XR.

Investment protection

Upgrade your systems with Flexible Consumption Models to evolve your network with peace of mind.


Reduce environmental impacts with systems delivering lower power consumption (down to 0.3 Watts/Gb) and by integrating automation tools to reduce manual and onsite operations.

NCS 5500 platforms

Fixed platforms

Designed for pre-aggregation and aggregation networks with a wide range of systems to accommodate your needs.

Modular platforms

Industry leading port densities to handle exponential demand growth on mass scale networks.

Evolve to 400G with new line cards

Gain integrated support for 100/200/400G and maintain backwards compatibility while benefiting from increased capacity with a simple upgrade.

Modernized IOS XR network operating system

The NCS 5500 Series routers utilize the IOS XR Operating System platform to simplify operations and help reduce complexity.

  • Reduce OpEx with customization based on the features you need without forcing a one-size-fits-all approach.
  • Ease the delivery and deployment thanks to new, powerful install procedures.
  • Facilitate integration to orchestration and management tools thanks to a wide variety of open APIs.

Cisco DDoS Edge Protection

Keep attack traffic off your network by using your access, aggregation, and peering edge routers as the first line of defense against DDoS attacks.

Flexible deployment and services

Cisco Smart Licensing

A flexible and secure licensing model that provides an easier and more consistent way to purchase and manage software.

Cisco Capital

Access the Cisco technology you need right now with innovative, flexible payment options.


Solve problems faster, improve operational efficiency, and reduce your risk of downtime with Cisco customer experience (CX) services.

Invest in green initiatives

Network and the environment

Transform your network and join Cisco on the journey to a sustainable and inclusive future.

Cisco Refresh

Get certified Cisco remanufactured equipment at significant savings. Warrantied same as new.

Cisco Takeback and Reuse Program

Ready to return your end-of-use Cisco hardware? We’re ready to pick it up. Safe, secure, sustainable.