Today’s keynote speakers reinforced key themes from Cisco’s service provider and IPNGN strategy. Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman of Verizon, discussed how 21st century communication technology is the disruptive force for the millennium and how the network is the platform delivering new forms of content: interactive television, mobile entertainment and communication at work, home or on the move. Verizon’s FIOS network will offer massive bandwidth to the home to support a plethora of new personalized entertainment experiences for customers and embedded devices with wireless technology will unify the communication experience. Video is a Driving Force in the Telecommunications IndustryDuration: 1 min. 15 sec. Read More »
In the last several days, there have been several erroneous reports in the press, both in North America and internationally, regarding Cisco’s employment and hiring activities in India and the United States, suggesting that we have laid off workers in the U.S. and moved those jobs to India. This is not true. As an industry leader, our moves into a market or geographic area are watched very closely. We thank people for their interest in our innovative technology and who and where we hire, however, we must state for the record that we have not laid off workers in the United States to move jobs anywhere. In 2001, as a result of the economic downtown, we had a reduction in force, but nothing since. Read More »
Shocker!!! Traffic is bad in the Bay Area. It is a good news, bad news thing. Back during the “boom” of the Internet in the late 90′s/early 2000, traffic was a sign that the region’s economic motor was humming. During the bust, the traffic was much better, but the economy was much worse. Traffic is a sign of economic activity, to be sure, but also a sign of a decreased quality of life and a bit too much time listening to NPR in the car or your other favorite radio station.So, what is the remedy for Bay Area traffic? As was reported in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, bond measures will spend over $1 billion to widen choke spots or add HOV lanes. That’s one thing.What is the remedy for all bad commutes, however? Simple: stay off the road. That’s right. Work at home. With broadband reaching nearly every corner of the world, you can work virtually from anywhere. As our CEO challenged Cisco employees last week, we are all to cut one trip a quarter. Read More »
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BusinessWeek had it right, Cisco CEO John Chambers said today, about its feature article last week on the service provider industry. The Telecommunications industry was indeed very much recovering -and in some cases, thriving, after near-death experiences earlier this decade. The reasons as to why are quite extensive, but in many ways, the resurgence is due to a rethinking of the industry itself.As John highlighted, providers are no longer defined by their access technology and no longer looking at only traditional services. Instead, they are looking at a much wider swath of the market, which they can now address with their new IP-based next generation networks. What they deliver is becoming not a one-size-fits-all service, but rather they are offering much more integrated or blended services. The battle for the customer will be determined not just by price, but much more by the value that providers offer customers. It’s also a signal that customers are very much leading the way for the industry.At NXTcomm: Hear various comments on the Connected LifeDuration: 1 min. 36 sec. Read More »