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Onward from Mobile World Congress 2011

As mobility becomes a characteristic of an increasing number of networking services, Cisco is not just driving advancements with its mobile internet architecture, but as the MOVE announcements highlight, it is about interconnecting the mobility technology brought in last year with the acquisition of Starent with the routing and switching and video technology to create cross architectural differentiation.

For closing thoughts on Cisco at MWC 2011, I caught up with Kit Beall, VP of World Wide SP Mobility Sales, to discuss where Cisco mobility has been, how it is perceived by the customers today, and where it’s going next year:

Earlier, I also had a quick exhange with Nick Adamo, SVP of World Wide SP Sales where we talked about some of the feedback we heard during our customer meetings this week on Cisco’s vision for mobility and the network architecture:

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Capturing the Mobile Cloud Opportunity and Mobile World Congress 2011

In case you weren’t able to join us at Mobile World Congress show this week, I wanted to share what we are highlighting at our booth and during my presentation. Thanks to a Cloud delivery model paired with an intelligent end-to-end network, we believe that our SP customers are positioned well to Monetize and Optimize their services over the network from the data center more flexibly while offering richer experiences for their customers versus their OTT competition.

Cisco has the ability to enable a Mobile SP service via the Cloud from multiple angles:

  • Tested and deployed Cloud-enablement solutions (Hosted Collaboration Solution and Infrastructure as a Service)
  • Professional design and implementation support from the first-class Cisco Advanced Services group
  • The industry’s best-of-breed ecosystem partners for orchestration, virtualization, and storage

What follows is the presentation I gave earlier today at Mobile World Cogress during the App Planet Forum Series:

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Mobile Service Provider Growth Priorities

As the Mobility industry converges upon Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, I wanted to talk to you about subjects we will all be talking about at MWC – monetization, optimization, and the video experience.

There’s been considerable speculation about the demands that are placed on today’s mobile infrastructure and how rocketing traffic volumes will impact the network operator’s business model.

We decided to explore service provider’s expectations for the ongoing development of the mobile Internet. More specifically, their thoughts on monetization and network optimization, especially around bandwidth-intensive applications, like mobile video.

So we commissioned a market research study that was recently performed by Heavy Reading.  Based on interviews with over 50  mobile operators from around the world (the interview subjects did not know that this was a Cisco-sponsored survey), here is a summary of what they told us (full report embedded at the end of this post):

Charting a Profitable Growth Strategy

  • Growing an active, paying, mass market mobile broadband subscriber base is seen as a pre-condition for more sophisticated monetization strategies.
  • Operators view “Tiered Services” as the most attractive monetization use case. This is especially the case in HSPA+ and LTE networks which now have enough capacity that operators can start segmenting their service offerings.
  • Other use cases that operators can use to drive data penetration and usage were also favorable viewed, e.g., group data plans and session/day pass or other time-based charging services.
  • Models that can help meet the dual goals of subscriber growth and generate better yield from existing and higher-end subscribers are most attractive. Maintaining a balance between those two objectives is, of course, preferred.

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Cisco MOVEs the Mobile Internet

As we gather in Barcelona for this year’s Mobile World Congress, I am excited about the announcement of our new strategic framework for Cisco’s Service Provider mobility solutions.

We’re calling this framework “MOVE,” which stands for Monetization, Optimization, and Videoscape Experience, and it expresses our plan to design and deliver network solutions that will help mobile operators succeed and profit in this rapidly changing environment.

As we heard in the recent Cisco Mobile VNI Forecast, mobile users are driving huge increases in mobile Internet traffic, with the majority of that traffic being mobile video, with its high bandwidth and QoS demands.

To manage this tidal wave of video traffic, mobile operators face a three-fold challenge: they must monetize their networks by developing new services and business models; they must optimize their networks to ensure reliable service delivery at low cost; and they must differentiate and personalize their video services to satisfy every-growing consumer expectations.

With MOVE, we introduce three new solutions to help mobile operators meet these challenges:
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Cisco at Mobile World Congress 2011 – Bigger and Better

Cisco at Mobile World Congress 2011

It’s that time of year again, and though this will be my 5th Mobile World Congress, I’m very excited to be returning to Barcelona.  I think this show will be the biggest in the GSMA’s history, and I know, from Cisco’s perspective, this will not only be our biggest, but also our best MWC.

For those of you who will also be attending MWC, I want to take a few moments to let you know what you’ll find at the Cisco booth.  And for those of you not attending, I want to give you some information and links to help you feel like you’re right there with us.

First, we have a full line-up of impressive speakers, including our Chairman and CEO, John Chambers.

And in the booth, we’ll showcase our comprehensive next-generation mobile network and demonstrate how our solutions can help operators capitalize on today’s opportunities while more effectively addressing network challenges.

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