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CITEL Seminar on Spectrum Requirements for Broadband Deployment

I had an opportunity to participate this week at CITEL’s seminar on Spectrum Requirements for Broadband Deployment. I titled my presentation “Spectrum Requirements for the Information Economy,” which I believe, this is what it is at stake.

There was overwhelming consensus in that one of the best policy determinations Governments could do to foster the development of wireless mobile broadband networks is putting spectrum to work.

The presentation is available in the following url:

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Lisbon “Yes” could help Ireland’s “Smart Economy”

Lisbon “Yes” could help Ireland’s “Smart Economy”: October 3, 2009: Mike Conroy, General Manager, Cisco Galway Development Centre; Kim Majerus, Managing Director, Cisco Ireland and Monique Meche, Director, Government Affairs, Ireland

This afternoon, it became clear that Irish voters have accepted the Lisbon Treaty by a decisive majority and are satisfied that by retaining their EU Commissioner and local control over matters such as taxation, Ireland is ready to continue as a strong participant in the European Union.

This is great news for the citizens of Ireland and for companies like Cisco.  Ireland has played an important part in the development of some of our most innovative technologies. The future of Cisco’s unified communication portfolio is being researched and developed in Galway. 

Technology will play a central role in Ireland’s stated ambition to become a “Smart Economy”.  Being a strong and participative member at the heart of the European Union, combined with an open business environment for global technology companies, will undoubtedly help Ireland realise this ambition. 

Ireland has always prided itself on being a gateway to Europe for many global technology companies, including Cisco. Today’s result will ensure that important role continues for decades to come.

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“Unemployable, f***ing headbangers”

The colourful Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, Ireland and Europe’s largest low-cost air carrier, has a certain way with words which must be a dream for journalists looking for a soundbite on the Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty.  O’Leary cut out the niceties in using the title quote of this blog to describe the ‘No’ supporters.  Often portrayed as dull and too complex to understand, the Lisbon Treaty has nonetheless created plenty of fireworks between the opposing sides – with each accusing the other of misinformation and dirty tricks.

The Irish referendum this week is seen as the key hurdle to adopting Lisbon, which will reform the current institutional set-up of the EU.  With the likes of Ryanair, Intel and Microsoft lining up behind the ‘Yes’ campaign, the question I’m interested in is why so many in business, and the high tech sector in particular, are supporting the Treaty?

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Cisco Ireland says YES to Lisbon and YES to Europe

29 September 2009, Dublin, Ireland: Mike Conroy, General Manager, Cisco Development Centre; Kim Majerus, Managing Director, Cisco Ireland and Monique Meche, Director, Government Affairs, Ireland

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This Friday, Irish voters will vote in a referendum to approve or reject the EU Lisbon treaty which would create a permanent EU presidency, more unified EU-wide laws and improve the overall efficiency of the EU’s operations. Ireland must approve the Treaty in order for it to take effect across the 27-EU member bloc. Irish voters rejected the Treaty in a referendum last year after widespread debate and some confusion. After rejection, Ireland received important concessions from Brussels, including the right to retain an Irish EU Commissioner.

Cisco employs approximately 200 people in Ireland across its Dublin and Galway R&D Centre locations…

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Smart Grids: Dept of Energy Report & Cisco Thoughts, Part 2

The Dept of Energy last month (July 2009) released its Smart Grid System Report. In my first posting on this report, I noted which areas were rated as Moderate in penetration or forecasted market trending. Of note were the key areas of Pricing and Regulatory Process, and why both were only marked as Moderate for future trending, given their core role in paying for utilities’ massive investments in SmartGrid through more modern billing models and tariff policies. In Part 2 of this blog series, I’ll focus on a couple of the more IT-related areas of the 20 Smart Grid components noted in this report. (Caveat: I am from Cisco, and our role in Smart Grids is to leverage our experience in IT and communications to better enable both utilities and energy customers by bringing end-to-end communications + security to Smart Grids) Read More »