The event itself attracted 17,000 visitors and 1,700 participated in the Congress, listening to over 100 speakers – both areas attracting more people than last year – this is indeed a growing show!
Cisco was well represented in panels and speaking sessions throughout the event, with Alon Bernstein´s talk on virtual CMTS’, Yves Padrines’ panel on Connected & Smart Homes - which was very well attended in spite of taking place on the last afternoon – we counted over 300 people! And of course my own involvement on a panel to discuss how Cloud is key to keeping service provider’s competitive against new players such as the Over-The-Top (OTT) providers.
Since its founding in 2007, Fibrenoire, based in Montreal, Quebec, has grown from a startup to one of Canada’s largest metro-fiber-to-the-business service providers. As further testament to their success Fibernoire was the first Canadian service provider to earn MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services certification leveraging Cisco’s Carrier Ethernet Systems.
We recently had an opportunity to interview Jean-François Lévesque, Fibrenoire’s Chief Technology Officer, to hear how the company has stayed on the cutting edge while remaining lean and efficient.
Cisco: What makes you stand out in the service provider business?
One of the things that differentiate us is focus that we specialize exclusively in fiber optic Internet connections and fiber optic private network services for companies. We also offer a consultative engineering approach that accompanies solution engineering, from project delivery to 24/7 technical support and access monitoring from our Network Operations Centre (NOC).
In addition, we are midsized—lean but savvy—so we are essentially in the middle of the market. We contend with both smaller network service providers and Canada’s largest carriers. On one hand, small service providers often win out based on price, while the well-known brands may deliver “vanilla” solutions or put junior staff in charge of projects. On the other hand, we use both technology and know-how to create custom solutions for customers to stay ahead of the competition.
These efforts have paid off. We’ve gone from three to 50 employees in seven years and continue to expand.
Written By Dan Kurschner, Senior Manager SP Mobility Marketing
Over the past decades, Mobility has advanced from a mere curiosity (remember those “brick” phones?), to a convenience and today being an indispensable part of our everyday lives. Businesses are leveraging the internet and the cloud to deliver new services and capabilities – via the mobile network. While we can access the internet and cloud-based services from almost anywhere, most people do so with barely a thought of the complexities it takes to deliver this ubiquitously connected experience.
Mobile service providers have long been building and upgrading their networks to meet growing demand for capacity and capabilities to stay competitive. Recently, a new type of competitor has emerged to threaten Read More »
By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions
Once again, network operators converged on the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose last week (May 13-15) to collaborate with their colleagues and Cisco around the packet and optical convergence evolution. On behalf of Cisco’s engineering groups, marketing and events planning teams, we extend our sincere gratitude to all those who invested their valuable time and expertise to make the Spring ’14 PONC an exceptional event.
In this post-event blog, I will focus on what makes day one of a PONC event so compelling – shared, candid insight from those leading the Packet and Optical evolution, delivered in presentation, panel discussion and Q&A opportunities. In a follow-up posting, I will focus on the workshops and deep dives featured on day 2.
I also invite you to invest 90-seconds on the following video report recorded on day two of the Spring ’14 PONC featuring Bill Gartner (Cisco VP/GM, High End Routing and Optical (HERO) Business Unit), Mark Garey (tw telecom, Director Central Engineering) and Ron Johnson (Cisco, Director Product Management, HERO Business Unit):