The third wave of video is off-the-hook at this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans. Brief refresher: Wave 1 was linear TV, both analog and digital. Wave 2 was a shift of video onto switched IP networks. Wave 3 is the chapter unfolding right before our other IP-connectible screens – tablets, laptops, PCs, smartphones – that are ready to receive and display video. It brings with it a way to launch new services much quicker than in the past.
We’ve been focused on this third wave of video for what seems like forever, but let’s call it four or five years. Ever since we contributed to the third chapter of the DOCSIS cable modem specification. We’re big believers, given our blended heritage as analog and television pioneers, from our Scientific-Atlanta roots, and as Internet pioneers, from our Cisco roots.
We’re also big believers in giving our people credit where credit is due, which is why it is such a honor to be a part of SCTE icon Ron Hranac’s rise to the Hall of Fame this year. Go Ron go! We’re with you all the way, and very grateful that you’re on our team!
Here’s what we’re eager to show you in our booth at the Expo (#553):
- Our plans and technologies to support Video over DOCSIS, which we call “VDOC”
- 3DTV set-tops that will ease the hiccups associated with early-model (pre-HDMI 1.4) 3DTVs
- Our work on “TV Everywhere,” helping your subscribers get all the TV they want, on any of their screens, no matter where they are
- Mobility services, commercial services for small and medium businesses, and the Cisco Interactive Showcase
- Our ongoing and expanding efforts to reduce carbon footprint, in the SCTE Green Pavilion – set-tops, access/transport products, and our Cisco TelePresence videoconferencing efforts
Outside of the booth, you’ll also be able to catch up with our technologists and researchers during the conference. Read More »
Tags: cable, ip video, scte, Service Provider, third wave of video, video over docsis
The rapid proliferation of smartphones and the growing popularity of advanced mobile applications is well documented and often discussed and debated. Central to this is how mobile service providers are responding to this change in service types and addressing the rising expectations of mobile users.
Our daily interaction with the internet and its ability to inform and entertain has colored our expectations. Now as we “go mobile” with the internet, we bring along our fixed line expectations. We expect high throughput, high reliability, and high quality, no matter the application, no matter the access, no matter the location. Considering we’re now talking about high-bandwidth applications like music streaming, video, and web conferencing, as opposed to voice calls and text messaging, this is no small challenge for a mobile operator.
In order to provide these types of services quickly and reliably across a widely dispersed geography, operators like Telenor Norway are evolving their networks to 4G IP infrastructures. Cisco, as the recognized leader in IP, provides a comprehensive IP next-generation mobile network architecture that enables operators to build a high performance, highly intelligent 4G network with end-to-end security, reliability and tremendous flexibility.
Such a network enables today’s smartphones and advanced applications and allows operators to personalize the customer experience, deliver high-quality multimedia applications, explore new business models and develop innovative new mobile services.
At the heart of this network is the Cisco ASR 5000 mobile multimedia core. The ASR 5000 is a purpose-built platform featuring a distributed architecture, high-performance, high capacity, and high availability, combined with subscriber and network intelligence. Read More »
Tags: ASR 5000, EPC, IP NGN, LTE, mobile applications, mobile internet, mobile packet core, Service Provider
Chris Osika, U.S. Service Provider Lead for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, just returned from CTO Telecom Summit where he gave the keynote speech and I want to share with you some of his inside observations from the event. In his keynote, Chris addressed “Platforms for Growth in the SP Industry,” in which he highlighted that now is the time for SPs to seize the opportunities arising from market transitions, launching a new phase of growth that will position and differentiate their organizations in the rising market to come.
Chris captures the mood of the conference from last year’s laser-like focus on cutting costs to this year’s renewed focus on reinvesting in platforms for profitable growth. In workshops and one-on-ones, attendees were talking about revitalizing and growing topline revenues. Chris explores trends from the show in the areas of virtualization and cloud, mobility, and consumer video. Attendees were focused on cloud services from the enterprise to SMB to the consumer, but the area that really stood out was the SMB segment. Another area of conversation was how can we fuse virtualization and mobility – especially in collaboration solutions – and use that to drive new levels of productivity within businesses? Discussion around video was also front and center. With networks being loaded and taxed with a lot of heavyweight, content-rich video traffic, attendees considered how SPs can monetize this.
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Tags: Chris Osika, CTO Telecom Summit, IBSG, Service Provider
Last week, Cisco introduced Cisco ūmi™ TelePresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together in HD video, whether they are around the corner or across the country. Cisco ūmi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband internet connection to create a video communications experience that is so clear, natural and lifelike, that users will see and hear their loved ones, right down to the twinkle in their eyes and the tone of their voices, as if they were in the same room.
Cisco is working with Verizon to bring the ūmi experience to Verizon FiOS customers early next year. The two companies have been conducting successful trials of Cisco ūmi over Verizon’s 100 percent fiber-optic network, which delivers what a 2010 PCMAG.COM reader’s survey rated the fastest Internet speeds in the United States.
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Tags: Eric Bruno, FiOS, HD video, Service Provider, TelePresence, ūmi, Verizon, video calling
Nothing says father-son bonding as much as spending part of your weekend afternoon installing a cell tower in your home. And that’s what I did last weekend with my 8 year-old. But instead of needing a crane, support crew, and OSHA certification, we managed to clear some Legos off of the table top and install it in our game room, courtesy of the AT&T 3G MicroCell solution.
It’s a cell tower in our house, easy enough for a marketing guy like me to install, and delivers a signal strength higher than we’ve ever seen in our hillside home.
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Tags: 3G, AT&T, AT&T 3G MicroCell, femtocell, mini cellular tower, Service Provider