Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 500 Series

Intelligently scale access networks

The NCS 500 Series offers a secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers. Both fixed and modular form factors support advanced automation and programmability to provide 5G, Remote PHY, Carrier Ethernet, and FTTx.

Features and benefits

5G ready

The NCS 540 and NCS 560 are built for 5G with advanced timing, ultra-low latency, and ultra-high capacity. They provide the foundation for pervasive Mobile Broadband (MBB), massive IoT, tactile Internet, smart cities, and AR/VR.

Architectural flexibility

Intelligently converge network services onto a single platform with the highly scalable and energy efficient NCS 500 Series. Flexibly scale capacity with ports that support 1/10/25/40/100 GbE.

Programmability, automation, and visibility

Build application-aware networks with segment routing, open and programmable interfaces using NETCONF and YANG data models and APIs, and real-time visibility with streaming telemetry.


Power efficiency and scalability with a carrier-grade network operating system to rightsize the access network footprint and lower your carbon impact.

NCS 500 Series models

Redefine your access network. Converge your network services.

NCS 520

Secure Layer 2/Layer 3 DMARC device providing support for ELINE and ELAN deployments.

NCS 540

Advanced timing and ultra-low latency geared for 5G, Carrier Ethernet, and WAN MPLS.

NCS 560

Full-featured, modular, and programmable aggregation platform for cost-efficient access networks.

Flexible deployment and services

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