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One Economy: Helping Deliver Broadband

I attended a dinner last night hosted by Alec Ross and One Economy to discuss what this innovative group is doing “to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, giving them valuable tools for building better lives.” My former boss in Global Policy and Government Affairs at Cisco, Laura Ipsen, is on the board of One Economy along with some other heavy hitters such as former FCC Commissioner William Kennard; former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse; and, former Cisco colleague and Bush Administration Commerce Department official Bruce Mehlman.They are based in Washington, DC, have projects worldwide, and were out in Silicon Valley to help raise awareness about their work and look for additional support in three ways: 1) connecting them to other people who might be interested in their work (I am attempting to do this with this blog…and this is something Laura Ipsen has done with her board membership); 2) Helping them financially (they are a 501(c)3 and your donation if fully tax deductible; and, 3) Participating through volunteering in some of their many activities from mentoring to contributing content to their media sites. Read More »

Internet Traffic: What Is A Zettabyte?

As any average user of the internet knows, a zettabyte is equal to 1 trillion gigabytes or 1,000 exabytes or about 250 billion DVDs. Driven by the use of video on the web, Cisco today released a study that estimates that “IP traffic will increase at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46 percent from 2007 to 2012, nearly doubling every two years. This will result in an annual bandwidth demand on the world’s IP networks of approximately 522 exabytes, or more than half a zettabyte.”You can read the full white paper here. We have tables of our data and we make several projections on future growth of video and Internet traffic, including:- Video is now approximately one-quarter of all consumer Internet traffic- Internet video will account for 50 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2012- Mobile data traffic will double each year from now through 2012- Internet traffic is growing fastest in Latin America, followed by Western Europe and Asia-PacificThe Wall Street Journal’s Bobby White has a story on the study here (subscription only).Now, I can attest to utilizing more and more video on the web…(no, I’m not planning on streaming video of the U.S. Open playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate, but I could if I wanted*.) In the past year, we have been using more and more TelePresence sessions as well as created a Cisco PR YouTube channel as another way of communicating our points of view among other things…both of these activities were around last year, but we are increasing their utilization because video is a GREAT medium for communicating. As two-way video communications becomes more mainstream and moves slowly but surely into the household, I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about.*Okay, maybe I’ll take a peek at the Open as I eat lunch at my desk.

Cisco @ WEF Africa

Earlier this week, the 18th edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa took place in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 700 leaders from the region gathered to discuss the future of Africa. At the opening plenary session five African government leaders welcomed the progress that their countries have made in recent years but also highlighted the challenges faced by the continent, notably food security, the management of resources, political development and sustainable growth. “Africa is evolving very well in the correct direction,” said Thabo Mbeki, the President of South Africa. “There really has been progress in addressing the issue of peace and stability and democratization. This process is irreversible.” For John Agyekum Kufuor, the President of Ghana, “The opportunities for Africa are immense.”Cisco participated in the event as one of the strategic sponsors. Please watch what some of our Cisco executives said about WEF/Africa.Yvon Le Roux, Cisco Vice President, Emerging Markets, comments on WEF and Cisco’s opportunity in Africa. CNBC Interview with Yvon Le Roux on WEF Africa 2008 Read More »

No Frills and Route if You Must

I was reading about the latest airline cutbacks due to the skyrocketing price of oil. Fewer routes, fewer perks. Charges for checked baggage, for pre-assigned seats-even for pretzels. There’s even some speculation about coin-operated toilets. And this was in the Washington Post, no less. Here on the ground, the price of oil is also running roughshod with our daily lives. People are wondering if they can afford to drive to work. Something has to give. And interestingly, according to Associated Press writer Michael Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives just approved legislation requiring the head of each federal agency to set policies allowing qualified workers to work from home or another convenient location. High gas prices was one factor cited. All this reminds me of the decade-old debate on routing versus switching. Read More »

Have you been shopping on your cell phone yet?

If you have…then you’ve found one of a small minority of retailers in the US and Europe that offers customers mobile shopping today. According to the third annual retail e-commerce study, published by Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, only 15% of leading retailers are ready to allow the world’s three billion cell phone owners to experience “mobile commerce”. The Cisco study also revealed some surprising information about the uptake of SMS by retailers and some eye-brow-raising information about which demographic is most commonly using social networking sites to help them with their online shopping.I asked Director of Cisco Retail Internet Business Solutions, Lindsay Parker, (who co-authored the study), to share some of the highlights of her research. I also asked her to address concerns retailers might have about investing in Web 2.0 and mobile commerce technology during a period of depressed consumer confidence. You can learn more about the study from this white paper.