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More 4G Momentum for Cisco!

Think world-class routing technology, optical platforms, service control engine capability, SAMI home agent, new mobile WiMAX devices, and more. Then think Cisco and Clearwire.Cisco and Clearwire announced today that Clearwire -- provider of the CLEAR 4G™ mobile WiMAX service — has selected Cisco as its national IP NGN core infrastructure provider. Additionally, Cisco plans to build new mobile WiMAX devices supporting the CLEAR 4G service for the consumer, SOHO and SMB markets. Clearwire provides CLEAR 4G mobile WiMAX service in Baltimore and Portland, Ore., and plans to expand to more than 80 markets by the end of 2010 as part of the multiyear network build-out plan with Cisco that helps consumers and businesses enjoy a Connected Life at home, at work and on the move.

Please see the video below of Clearwire President Barry West discussing the Cisco/Clearwire alliance.

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Cisco on the Edge

The ASR 9000, Cisco’s new flagship edge router, has been in global trials, and the feedback has been very positive. Top-tier service providers such as Deutsche Telekom and Softbank have endorsed the new platform, while others — including Verizon Wireless — are actively deploying the ASR 9000 as the foundation of their edge networks. Following is a video in which Deutsche Telekom Senior Vice President Wolfgang Schmitz discusses the benefits of the ASR 9000. Deutsche Telekom works with Cisco to offer high-bandwidth services on the ASR 9000. The ASR 9000 will enable DT to deploy advanced services — such as video and IPTV — in less time, at lower cost and with less energy usage. The ASR 9000 is an example of medianet technologies that are network and end point aware and designed to support growing surge of video and other rich media content. In addition, here is an earlier video in which Junichi Miyakawa — Executive Vice President, Director and CTO of SoftBank — discusses the ASR 9000.

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Tidal Software

Interesting news from Cisco’s Services team today as the company announced its intent to acquire privately held Tidal Software, Inc.Tidal Software is the creator of intelligent application management and automation solutions that will advance Cisco’s data center strategy by enhancing product and service delivery offerings. The acquisition will also create significant opportunities for Cisco and its partners through the delivery of partner-led services, leveraging Cisco’s application management capabilities. Check out Cisco’s newsroom for the full story on Tidal Software

Enabling the Connected Life

As the Visual Networking era continues to unfold, Cisco is committed to providing Service Providers with networks that are both media and end-point aware -- a term we call Medianet. The execution of this strategy was front and center this week at both the Cable Show/NCTA in Washington D.C. and at CTIA in Las Vegas, where Cisco displayed a number of examples of how we are helping our Service Provider customers/partners respond to consumer demand for a “Connected Life.”A description of the announcements made this week, can be found here:

Emerging Markets on the Rise – Are You Ready?

The top ten ranked countries on the Network Readiness Index in this years’ World Economic Forum, The Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009 will not come as a surprise with Denmark assuming the number one position. It is however the dramatic year over year improvement of the emerging countries that point to the turning point that will shape the ICT industry in years to come. China moved up 11 positions to take the lead over all the BRIC countries whilst the Middle East was the region that showed fastest growth out of all other regions. The question that remains however is, where are the industry analysts? Read More »