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Why Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Matters for Girls

I am writing this blog as the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Women in Engineering Region 8 Clementina Saduwa Award named after an amazing woman whose life was cut short in 2007. On a personal level, I am extremely passionate about the possibilities that technology presents for young girls and aspiring women. As a CTO for Cisco Services, my own role is concentrated on the use of technologies to develop architectures that will delight our customers. Why is technology interesting to me?  It’s what one can do with the technology as an enabler to solving problems and to creating opportunities.

I became interested in technology because of my curiosity and encouragement from wonderful individuals who helped pave the way for me. My personal career highlights are numerous where risk taking and passion for making a difference in this world are common attributes. Our world needs young girls to create their own career path in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). A career in technology can be fun!

My mother was role model and encouraged me to be the person I want to be. Coming together to solve a problem and to create opportunities – we can rise above gender discrimination -- but it’s about being bold in the process and having the courage to do so -make no doubt about this fact.  I dream of a society where such a topic is no longer an issue but so engrained in our DNA !

What is Cisco doing?

Cisco has been very active in the ITU’s Girls in ICT initiative, where girls from secondary schools or universities are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and government agencies so they better understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future see.

ITU will have a live webcast on April 15 2014 at 12:30 CET.

Cisco wants to encourage girls to consider ICT as a valuable career option. We understand the value of diversity in the workforce and it is our aspiration to build a gender -balanced workforce. At Cisco, two of the top technology positions are held by women: both the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the CIO (Chief Information Officer) of Cisco are female. “If you cannot see it, you cannot be it!”

At Cisco, we take our commitment to making ICT career opportunities open to all seriously. We understand the value of a diverse workforce and believe that many more girls would pursue careers in ICT if they were better informed about the many different types of jobs available within the sector. By 2020 there will be approximately 50 billion things connected to the Internet. At its essence, the Internet of Everything is the networked connection of people, process, data and things…and is set to create an unprecedented level of disruption across industries, globally.

In fact,  Cisco offices around the world are getting ready to host #GirlsInICT Day 2014! Girls to create ICT jobs of tomorrow #STEM #GirlsInIC

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Service Provider Network Monetization and Innovative Service Offers

Shruti's Final Portrait-1 copyBy Shruti Jain, Senior analyst, SP Thought Leadership

The latest Cisco Mobile Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast 2013-2018, highlights the following key trends:

  • The number of mobile users is growing: By 2018, more than 64% of the world’s population (7.6 billion people) will be mobile users.
  • The number of mobile end user devices and connections is increasing: By 2018, there will be more than 10 billion mobile-ready devices/connections--including 8 billion personal mobile devices and 2 billion M2M connections.
  • The mobile networks are becoming faster: Average global mobile network speeds will nearly double from 2013 to 2018.

So what are these ever-increasing number of mobile users doing with more devices on faster connections?  According to our analysis, mobile subscribers are using a variety of services ranging from text-based simple services to interactive multi-media mobile services such as video streaming and communications.

As mobile operators make significant investments to deploy higher performing next-generation technologies, they are coming up with innovative ideas to monetize these networks by creating new business models to offer customer value.  An example of this innovative approach is Bharti Airtel’s One Rupee Mobile Video Service, which addresses the end-user affordability issue while Read More »

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VoLTE – A game changer for Policy

Alfonsov2By Alfonso San Jose, Sales Consulting Systems Engineer

Now that LTE networks have been rolled out by most of the service providers in the world, the next objective for operators is the migration of the voice service to the LTE network. This migration is known as Voice over LTE or VoLTE.

VoLTE brings the two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, VoLTE is bringing multiple benefits for service providers (spectrum efficiency, high quality voice, OPEX & CAPEX reduction, etc) but on the other hand, VoLTE service is also bringing some challenges. Those challenges have an special impact on the Policy Management solutions currently deployed for Data Services as this node becomes a critical node in the network for VoLTE.

Policy Management plays a significant role in VoLTE and becomes a mandatory node in the network. This node is responsible for establishing and releasing, on behalf of the IMS domain, the bearer required to accommodate voice traffic.

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Over-the-Top (OTT) Considerations: Functionalities and Technologies

Tom OhanianBy Tom Ohanian, Cisco Service Provider Sales Business Development Manger

The television viewing experience that since its inception consisted of gathering in the family living room and watching live television has clearly changed. Today, television viewing perhaps should be changed to the more versatile term of content consumption. Regardless of whether that content is consumed on a television in a living room or on a mobile device on a crowded subway, the behavior of content consumption and the delivery of content are rapidly evolving. As these business models and consumer behaviors evolve, so too do the complexity and technology of delivering this content.

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We are currently in the third wave of Internet Protocol (IP) video. The first wave, covering Read More »

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Virtualization Meets Video Processing at NAB 2014

If anything is certain about the video business, it’s this: the volume of change is daunting and every change tends to make life more complicated, not less.

This is certainly true at the sharp end of the business -- digital video processing – where  “multiscreen” video, new video formats and new video technologies are together creating a perfect storm of complexity. Once there was SD over MPEG2 delivered to TVs. Now there is SD, various flavors of HD and, soon, 4K; and MPEG2, AVC and now HEVC; plus a wealth of encapsulation schemes and DRMs; And even more screen sizes and resolutions as the number of device to be supported grows ever larger.

The number of permutations of all these options is truly dizzying. Every permutation is a potential video “workflow” to be implemented – and the number of permutations is expanding rapidly, apparently endlessly and it’s exponential. Today Cisco deals with some media companies that have over 80 video workflows for their content. One more video format – for instance 4K – and this potentially doubles to 160. Another compression scheme – HEVC perhaps -- and now we have 320. And so on.

Keeping track of all these “workflows” is one thing, but Read More »

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