By Lisa Garza, Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manger
The annual Small Cells event for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) took place this week. It featured regional innovators like Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Zain and du, in addition to the global small cell pioneers like AT&T and SoftBank. Here’s what we took from the event
1. Mobile data growth and reducing cost-per-bit is a global challenge
The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) shows that mobile IP traffic in MENA region is set to grow 10x over the next four years. Revenues are not set to grow at anything like this pace. Service providers are responding to the capacity challenge by augmenting macro networks, by adding new spectrum and by introducing more efficient cellular technologies like LTE. But these steps alone will not povide all of the capacity required, and some, like LTE introduction, will accelerate data usage by encouraging video consumption. The big capacity gains come from reusing cellular spectrum and by offloading to Wi-Fi – that’s what small cells are all about, and they’re a hot topic because the capacity they add comes at a fraction of the cost-per-bit of traditional radio technologies.
2. Small cells are becoming central to network transformation strategies
These small cells conferences are a barometer of service provider, analyst and vendor thinking. This year, Read More »
Tags: MENA, mobility, Service Provider, small cell, wi-fi, wifi
Are you passionate about Data Center and Cloud Technology? Do you love sharing your knowledge? Do you want access to Cisco experts? Today is your lucky day.
Share your passion as a Cisco Data Center Champion!
I’m happy to announce the call for nominations for the all-new Cisco Champions for Data Center. From now until October 31, 2013, nominate yourself, a friend, a mentor, a luminary in the community for inclusion in this program.
Here’s what’s in it for you (aside from Internet fame, of course): http://www.cisco.com/go/ciscochampions
Here are the rules.
Submit your nomination today to firstname.lastname@example.org! Be sure to mention “Data Center” in your nomination, so it will be routed correctly. All Cisco Champions for Data Center will be selected and alerted no later than November 15, 2013.
Tags: advocates, Bloggers, Cisco Champions, cloud, data center, influencers, social media, tech evangelists
Survey results from an IDC study recently revealed that people are relying more and more on their smart mobile device as their primary tool for communication and connecting.
The study, sponsored by Facebook, highlights some compelling insights about mobility including:
- Half of the total US population uses smartphones
- A “sense of being connected” is the strongest sentiment for driving mobile social usage
- The most popular activities on smartphones are email (78%), Web browsing (73%) and Facebook (70%)
Everyday we are seamlessly integrating mobility features into our daily lives. We use mobile devices for tasks such as email, mobile shopping and making social connections. According to the IDC study, nearly 80 percent of us reach for our phone within 15 minutes of waking up for the day – I am part of this statistic!
It’s clear that mobility and the increasing use of social media creates new ways for us to interact and connect, but it’s also creating new security concerns. With the influx of personal data on our social media news feeds and our purchasing habits sitting in our smartphone’s browsing history, how can we make sure our personal information is secure? In addition, as the lines between personal and work devices blur, how can enterprises make sure employee-owned social networks aren’t opening the door for the latest network threat? An essential part of our mobile future will depend on enterprises and individuals developing a comprehensive approach to protecting sensitive data and privacy. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, enterprise mobility, mobile, mobile device, mobility, network, security, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wireless network
By Maywun Wong, Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manager
Cisco was thrilled to part of one of the most historic comebacks in sports history, the 34th America’s Cup. The Oracle Team USA team, trailing by 1-8 to Team New Zealand at one point, came back with eight consecutive races to win 9-8 in the series. With this unbelievable comeback, attendees and fans of the race relied on the Wi-Fi Network at the Americas Cup to follow the latest race results and information.
The America’s Cup Event Authority chose Cisco as the official networking technology supplier of the event. They installed hundreds of access points as part of the Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi solution for attendees and the media in San Francisco.
The Cisco Wi-Fi network supported Read More »
Tags: America's Cup, Service Provider, wi-fi, wifi
It’s amazing to think about the way a traditional classroom operated only a few years ago. As Renee Patton recently pointed out in her blog post, there were rules, there were barriers, and they were all kept within the confines of an educational institution. As technology has advanced, those rules have been challenged, barriers overcome, and an entirely new era of learning has emerged.
The collaborative nature of education, educators and learners has allowed new technologies to thrive and innovation to accelerate. We’re flipping classrooms, implementing mobile learning programs and developing entirely new ways for students to connect and engage. And we’re looking with excitement toward a future that will continually change the way we teach and learn. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Unified Access, connected learning, edtech, edu13, education, educause, higher education, ICT, IT, learning, lecture capture, UCS, virtual desktop