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Make Room in the Family Car for the Family Mobile Data Plan

In another twist on monetizing the “Connected Car”, AT&T recently announced that its “Mobile Share Value” data plan – which lets customers purchase a monthly allotment of 4G/LTE mobile data that can be shared among smartphones and tablets used by family members – now allows cars to be added to the list of “devices” that can tap into the same data quota. So far, AT&T has announced 2 auto manufacturers, GM and Audi, will support the Mobile Share Value plan in this way.

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From a consumer standpoint, this makes a lot of sense. Auto manufacturers have sought to bring the consumer app and content experience into the car in some way or another – e.g., by trying to seamlessly connect a user’s smartphone to the car’s entertainment and telematics systems, and/or by creating user-friendly, non-distracting Head-Up Display (HUD) interfaces to these systems. Furthermore, Read More »

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Global Internet Routing Table Reaches 512k Milestone

omar-santosWritten by Omar Santos, Incident Manager, Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) Security Research and Operations

Since the early 1990s, we’ve watched as the number of entries on the Internet routing table has steadily grown. In 2008 the table reached 256,000 routes, triggering action by network administrators to ensure the continued growth of the Internet. Today we know that another significant milestone has been reached, as we officially passed the 512,000 or 512k route mark!

Our industry has known this milestone was approaching for some time. In fact it was as recently as May 2014 that we provided our customers with a reminder of the milestone, the implications for some Cisco products, and advice on appropriate workarounds.

If you would like to revisit that information, you can find the customer support article here: The Size of the Internet Global Routing Table and Its Potential Side Effects (12 May 2014)

Full text of the customer support article below: Read More »

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SCTE IP Challenge: Perspective From Last Year’s Winner, Kenneth Corbett

kenneth-corbettThis is a guest blog contributed by Kenneth Corbett, DOCSIS Engineer, Charter Communications.           

The Cisco IP Challenge in partnership with the SCTE is an exciting, tiring, and beneficial event for any engineer. The IP Challenge format is pretty simple. You have two online qualifier rounds where the top 9 scores receive an invite for a live competition at the SCTE Expo. There are three jeopardy styled heats at the live event. The three winners of those heats participate in a live configuration event to crown the overall champion.

I have participated in the IP challenge online qualifier for two years. Anyone who has ever done this knows the feeling of clearing the board then waiting for bonuses and tokens. It involves a 24/7 watching and waiting for things to pop up. Let’s just say you’re low on sleep by the end of each round. You have two qualifier events spread out over a month or so. You have to watch and try to score as highly as possible in each round to ensure a spot in the final nine participants. You pass the time chatting with your peers from all areas in the chat and share your experience. The first year I participated I was one of the final 9 but I was unable to attend due to logistics. Last year I was finally able to go to the live event.

The SCTE Expo is exciting for a number of reasons and that is one of the perks of participating in the live event for the Cisco IP Challenge is the free pass. You’re Read More »

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123Net Expands Connectivity in Michigan

August 6, 2014 at 11:10 am PST

AR13993Written by Dan Crawford, Marketing Manager

Customers demand their Internet to always be on, and service providers -- especially those serving businesses -- strive to meet this with “five nines” of availability. That is to say they aim for a service level that only allows for about 5 minutes per year of downtime. Achieving such  performance is no simple task, but is a key differentiator for 123Net, a Michigan based company offering premium voice, data, and colocation infrastructure services.

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As 123Net has built out a 2400+ mile fiber network powered by Cisco optical technology. Most Read More »

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VoLTE Policy Management to Improve Subscriber Experience and Lower Cost of Growth

Written By Alfonso San Jose, Sales Consulting Systems Engineer

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We have been hearing from our Service Provider customers like you about their interest in Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE), and for good reason.  Offering VoLTE affects profitability in two ways. One is by creating a great voice experience that helps to attract and retain subscribers. VoLTE provides guaranteed quality of service and fast call-setup time. At the same time, VoLTE can lower network costs. However, VoLTE creates new demands on the network that requires a policy management solution to address. VoLTE changes the game for policy management because it imposes much heavier demands than 4G data services. The policy management solution needs to meet the following four requirements: Read More »

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