In the past five years, consumer monthly Internet usage has grown nearly three-fold, but users spend little more than in 2006. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Forecast 2011, consumption per U.S. user grew 278 percent. In that same time frame, according to published research, the monthly U.S. cable broadband ARPU remained virtually flat.
As consumers increasingly rely on their broadband access for more of the basic everyday needs, broadband has become the most important core service provider service when compared to pay TV, mobile voice, landline phone and mobile data. But these broadband service providers are struggling to get consumers to equate the value of their online experiences with the value of their broadband service. To that end, SPs are actively considering usage-based billing strategies as a tool to align consumer value perceptions with their underlying networks. Anecdotal evidence from non-U.S. SPs that have introduced usage-based billing indicates that it can drive new value creation.
To help explore consumers’ perspectives, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) conducted a survey of broadband users in the United States, Canada, France, and Italy to determine current views on usage-based billing policies and approaches.
This particular document is titled “Usage-Based Billing Strategies Can Enable SPs to Align Customer Value Perception with Network Investments”. It can be found on the Service Provider Thought Leadership section of the website of Cisco IBSG. At this site, you will find many interesting, provocative papers on various subjects relating to the service provider segment.
Check this and others out . . .
Tags: broadband, Cisco, IBSG, service_provider, Visual_Networking_Index, vni
Cisco and Gartner Research recently partnered on a newsletter on how to transform your IT to reap the full benefits of network convergence. It includes the Gartner report on “Recommendations for SAN Fabric Dashboards” by analysts Valdis Filks and Bob Passmore. Also there are additional resources, blog & recent news links, and make sure to check out the TCO calculator!
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Tags: data center, DCNM, FCoE, network convergence, Unified Data Center
Since announcing Cisco’s CloudVerse architecture in December, we’re excited to see that this set of solutions is indeed helping our partners and customers in their journey to offer cloud services. On January 30, Light Reading published the Cisco CloudVerse test results found by EANTC, an internationally-recognized, vendor-neutral test center. Among many findings, EANTC revealed that over 70 percent of leading cloud providers are using Cisco CloudVerse on their journey to the cloud
The tests were created by Light Reading and EANTC around real-world customer care abouts including Security, Agility, Economics, and Experience. They completed 25 test segments across the 3 Cisco CloudVerse themes: Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services.
The full test results can be found here, and for the full Cisco perspective on this test, please see Pat Adamiak’s blog.
Tags: Cloud Intelligent Network, cloud services, cloudverse, EANTC, Unified Data Center
We continue to see our service provider partners leverage the economics and agility of cloud services
Today, AT&T announced the availability of its Unified Communications Service, a new way for its business subscribers to offer a complete collaboration suite of features to employees in a secure and cost effective way. AT&T’s enterprise collaboration solution features Cisco’s own Hosted Collaboration Solution, which gives partners, including service providers and integrators, the ability to deploy multiple collaboration applications on one server in a virtualized environment and then host those applications for multiple client organizations.
Cisco’s cloud services ultimately enable our service provider partners to offer a seamless experience for both their enterprise and end-user customers. For further details, check out the full announcement.
Tags: AT&T, Cloud Computing, cloud services, data center, Service Provider, unified communications
This week Cisco announced additional solutions and services to its Connected Grid portfolio that will help utilities modernize the electric grid with built-in flexibility, security and interoperability enabled by the power of the network. Cisco’s new technology architecture, solutions and related services address key utility concerns around cost, reliability and scalability in their communications infrastructures.
For Cisco’s press release on its latest offerings, please click here.
Cisco hosted a webcast on 1/17/12 about Cisco’s efforts to help optimize the connected grid with its new solutions, products and services. For a replay of this webcast, please click here.
For customer perspective on the current state of the smart grid transition and the new set of offerings in Cisco’s Connected Grid portfolio, please click here.