These days it seems like practically every networking conversation I have involves mobility. It makes sense because with this “always on” lifestyle, people have a wide variety of motivations and desires to connect to one another near and far in both fixed, nomadic, and truly mobile situations, whenever they want, wherever they want. And in many developing areas of the world which may not necessarily have the need for “constant connectivity,” they are turning to mobility for “connectivity” in general since it is possible to get much more broadband coverage, so quickly. In fact, our Cisco VNI team forecasts that there will soon be more people connected to the Internet, largely through mobile means, than there will be connected to electricity. Pretty amazing.
But with all of this talk of mobility whether it be discussions of NGH or advances in EPC innovations and architectures or competing market claims of this vs. that, it can at times be confusing (editor note: this author most certainly not exempt from that….)
So to break through that noise of all the mobility talk, we looked for truth in numbers – numbers on the market, where it’s been and where it’s going, and what’s Cisco’s role in enabling it all. Here is what we found: