Today, Cisco announced its acquisition of ThinkSmart Technologies, a software company that delivers location data analysis using a Wi-Fi infrastructure. Together, Cisco and ThinkSmart will enhance the wireless network infrastructure by providing location analytics to service provider and enterprise customers to more effectively reach end users.
ThinkSmart – headquartered in Cork, Ireland – provides insight into Wi-Fi location analytics alongside historical trends, enabling customers to have greater visibility into movements and patterns of trending data. By integrating ThinkSmart’s technology into Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE), customers will be able to aggregate, analyze, predict and react to consumer behavior. Read More »
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, mobile network traffic is expected to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015. Global mobile traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic over this period. Because of this, mobile operators are trying to align this phenomenal network demand with revenue growth.
WiFi represents a significant business opportunity for service providers. Many fixed, mobile or integrated SPs around the globe are either planning on or are already investing in WiFi services. Although commercial Wi-Fi hotspot services operated by specialized providers have existed for more than 15 years, WiFi is a relatively new business for the majority of SPs and has not reached the level of maturity of other well-established, “carrier-grade” communications services. In particular, unlicensed frequencies and less-developed service management capabilities impose operational challenges.
By any measure, consumers are watching more video with more screens than ever before. Mobile devices both in the home and on the go that make consuming video simple are creating a tidal wave of data. For network owners, the trend of traffic growing faster than revenue is accelerating and putting enormous pressure on existing content delivery networks (CDNs).
At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, Cisco unveiled its expanded and enhanced CDN portfolio, branded as the Cisco Videoscape™ Distribution Suite (VDS). Cisco VDS, which encompasses eight different products serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture and is a complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality.
Cisco Product Manager Eli Fuchs discusses VDS and the resulting features and functionality it brings to providers across the video ecosystem.
Cisco has received recognition as a Leader in Gartner’s newly-released 2012 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (UC)! Find out more at Lynn Lucas’, Senior Director of Collaboration Marketing, blog below.
Cisco today announced it has completed the acquisition of NDS Group Ltd., a leading provider of video software and content security solutions that enable service providers and media companies to securely deliver and monetize new video experiences. NDS, which has approximately 5,000 employees, will become part of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group (SPVTG), led by Senior Vice President and General Manager Jesper Andersen.
While much has been written about this acquisition since it was announced, there’s plenty of exciting news yet to come. Over the next several months, we will begin to discuss with the industry analyst community the full impact of what it means to put together two market leaders. By combining the strengths of both companies, we have a unique opportunity to serve stakeholder across the video entertainment industry. Stay tuned for more information.
To read the full release, click here. To read Jesper Andersen’s take on the transaction, click here.