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Travels through time and space with Cisco TelePresence

“I came to the room and it took me some 10 minutes to realize that the person talking on the stage is not there actually – what I see is his holographic image” an amazed visitor to Cisco Expo Budapest commented.

It was shortly after 9:00 am local time on November 23rd, when Inder Sidhu, senior vice president for Cisco’s Worldwide Strategy and Planning, walked out to the stage in Budapest to talk about the ideas described in his bestselling book Doing Both.

His voice and life-size image were delivered by Cisco TelePresence technology from Cisco’s headquarters in San Jose, over a distance of almost 10,000 kilometers, or 6,124 miles, across 9 timezones and projected via holography on stage.

Holographic TelePresence was an emotional moment for the audience, as the inventor of holography, Denes Gabor, was born and raised in the Hungary’s capital city, Budapest.

In essence, this session was not different from the face-to-face virtual meetings which hundreds of organizations around the globe have with Cisco TelePresence on a daily basis. What keeps amazing audiences is how versatile this technology is: no matter whether the image appears on a high-definition display or via holography – the network platform is delivering the “in-person” experience.

Inder Sidhu at the opening session of Cisco Expo Business Class, talking with Laszlo Gyorgy, general manager of Cisco Hungary:

Kaan Terzioglu on day 2 of Cisco Expo, sharing the stage with Jozsef Tazlo, systems engineer manager of Cisco Hungary:

More on “Cisco TelePresence Magic”:

Surging Demand for Rich-Media Services? No Problem

Growth in enterprise and consumer services, including cloud computing, video and collaboration services, are some of the key customer trends that underpin many service providers’ decision to further invest in Carrier Ethernet technology. And Tata Communications is no exception.

On Tuesday, Tata Communications, a global service provider and a leader in the Ethernet market, announced that it has selected the Cisco® ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to support its new global Next Generation Ethernet Network; and is using the Cisco ASR 9000 to deploy the first global 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) network.

In plain English, this means that Tata Communications’ customers will benefit by having a larger variety of services delivered with greater scalability, reliability, efficiency.

All existing and new services will be delivered with geographic specificity to minimize latency over a highly efficient network. Migrating to 802.1ah PBB will give Tata Communications a network that can deliver multipoint services more efficiently, while at the same time being able to handle a higher volume of services.

This should be exciting news for Tata’s customers specifically as well as the industry in general. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2009-2014, projects that global Internet traffic will increase more than fourfold to 767 exabytes, or more than three quarters of a Zettabyte, by 2014. This amount is 100 exabytes higher than the projected level in 2013, or in other words an increase equivalent to 10 times all the traffic that traversed Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) in 2008.

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Web 2.0 Summit: Wim Elfrink on social virtualisation

Cisco EVP and chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink presented at the Web 2.0 Summit in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco today to discuss four of the major demographic and economic shifts that are underway on a global basis and to outline how Cisco’s vision of a new framework for urban sustainability will entail the creation of a whole new industry. You can watch the 15 minute replay of Wim’s presentation here (introduced by John Battelle of Federated Media).

Watch live streaming video from web20tv at livestream.com

Iain Thomson of V3.co.uk also met with Wim earlier and discussed the work we are engaged in with the London Olympic Park Legacy Company to create a liveable community that can be sustained beyond the Games themselves, and highly-connected new Smart+Connected Community projects in locations such as Songdo, Korea amongst others.

We’d love to hear your views of how you think the next 30 years of the Internet could develop with these shifts in mind and as the introduction of IPv6 underpins the transition to the ‘Internet of Things’.

You can also watch Iain’s video interview with Wim here.

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WEF MENA 2010: Education, Healthcare and the Role of Technology for the Region’s Future

Over 1,000 leaders from business, government, civil society and media from 62 countries participated in the WEF Summit for Middle East and North Africa that took place in the beautiful and mystical city of Marrakech, Morocco at the end of October this year.

Delegates from Cisco participated actively in this year’s Forum that carried the theme “Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity”. And participants discussed ideas, thoughts and experiences on how to improve integration and collaboration across the region and how to address the improvement of education and infrastructure to boost and drive economic prosperity.

With  360 million people in the Middle East, most of them youth, majority of delegates agreed that there is an urgent need to revisit current education, infrastructure and heath care services and explore how and where technology can play a key role in improving them.  Cisco’s delegation, lead by Yvon Le Roux, was perfectly aligned around these same topics and the critical role that the network and communications technology play to transform the future of the region.

During the event we participated in key discussions in both public and private sessions. Cisco’s delegation participated in the “Technology and Competitiveness” session that discussed broadband penetration, market regulation, business opportunities and how to make connectivity widely available in the region. Cisco delegates also took part in the Driving Healthcare Through Technology” session and on the Education Summit.

Executives from Cisco’s delegation give their perspective on the major themes raised at WEF MENA 2010:

Yvon Le Roux, vice president Cisco Africa and Levant

Fadi Moubarak, Cisco manager for Lebanon, Iraq and Syria

Wayne Hill, Cisco’s general manager for United Arab Emirates, UAE

Anthony Vonsee, General Manager Cisco in North Africa and Levant

Cisco Networking Academy Opens at Namal College in Pakistan’s Punjab Region

Ever since its inauguration in the spring of 2008, Namal College has been looked at as an institution which brings high quality education for youth living in Punjab.

Imran Khan and Aamir Matin at the recent Cisco Networking Academy inauguration

Referred to as the brainchild of Imran Khan, the famous Pakistani philantrophist and politican, it is the first higher education institute which is offering diploma courses and bachelors degrees – including a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering -- in rural Pakistan.

Located some 30 kilometers from the city of Mianwali and 3 hours drive from Islamabad, Namal College is affiliated with the University of Bradford in the UK, which also granted it Associate College status.

The senior management of Namal College intends to link academic programs with professional training and reached out to Cisco to join the Cisco Networking Academy program.

Attended by Imran Khan and Cisco Pakistan general manager Aamir Matin, Cisco Networking Academy at Namal College was officially launched around end of  September this year. The first group of 20 students are joining the Cisco Networking Academy community in Pakistan, with current  count of close to 5,000 students and 52 academies across the country.