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Evaluating Fixed and Mobile Networks for Cloud Readiness

Access networks are fundamental to superior cloud experiences As a complement to the fourth annual update of the Global Cloud Index, or GCI (see media release), we’ve once again included the Cloud Readiness Supplement. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (or NIST), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, one of the five essential characteristics of cloud computing is broadband access. Broad network acc…

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How Much Traffic Will Your Cable / Telco Network Generate?

Cisco VNI Forecast Projects 1.6 Zettabytes of Global IP Traffic by 2018 Last June, Cisco released an update to its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI), 2013 – 2018. The forecast projects a global annual run rate of 1.6 zettabytes IP traffic by 2018 (up from 614 exabytes of global IP traffic in 2013).  A zettabyte certainly sounds like a big number (equivalent to 1 billion terabytes, external storage drives generally come in a terabyte denomina…

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Apple’s Vote of Confidence for Voice and Text over Wi-Fi

I recently had the pleasure to read an excellent article by one of our industry’s leading analysts, Mr. Gabriel Brown of Heavy Reading titled “Analyzing Apple & VoLTE”. In this article, he makes the observation, that Apple – which is well known for keeping a strong focus towards their customer’s enjoying a high quality of experience – has included Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in their newest iPhones.  Mr. Brown goes on to quite rightly note that b…

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We Won! LTE Asia Awards Update

So great news! A couple hours ago, the LTE Asia Organizers tweeted: Congrats to our ‪#LTEAsia award winners: Best LTE Core Network Product ‪@Cisco Our Cisco ASR 5000 Series has been chosen the winner of the LTE Asia Best Core Product in the 1st Annual LTE Asia Event. Our ASR5000 Series is the market’s most comprehensive Mobile Packet Core solution. At the heart of our Packet Core Solution is our StarOS Software which can run on our purpose bui…

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The Shift to Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) Supports More and Better Customer Video Experiences

The Internet has emerged as one of the most powerful ways for businesses and consumers to communicate and learn. Its global reach, accessibility and speed have opened doors to areas of knowledge that in the past were available only to a privileged few. With the emergence of popular video-streaming services that deliver Internet video to the TV and other devices, content delivery networks (CDNs) have prevailed as a dominant method to deliver such…

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