Just returning from the MPLS-Ethernet World Congress held last week in Paris, France, where I along with a few other Cisco colleagues had an opportunity to speak with customers and with peers in the industry and to present.
There were over 1000 registered participants of whom Service Providers were strongly represented internationally. The anticipated raging debate about MPLS in the Transport or MPLS-TP was simply not to be; in fact presenters started to apologize about mentioning MPLS-TP because it is no longer a debate. Customers have a choice of how they wish to use MPLS; and I see the interlock occurring not only in the industry but also across the various standards organizations and forums whether the ITU-T, the IETF, Metro Ethernet Forum and so on.
Whilst we have been witnessing the convergence of organizations and architectures (e.g. fixed-line and wireless-mobile), I am also observing a convergence between IT and networking when developing SP Cloud Architectures and services.
Sometimes being a visionary is easy. Dreaming about ‘what if’ can be a piece of cake when you’re not limited by pragmatism or practicality. It’s when you start trying to figure out the ‘how’ that it gets tricky. The devil, as they say, is in the details.
We all know mobile data traffic is growing, and that it is a challenge service providers worldwide are trying to figure out how to address. Just this week, we saw compelling and concrete evidence that tells us just how big the challenge really is. As we all head out the door to Mobile World Congress next week, we expect that this topic, and how to profitably address it, will be top-of-mind in just about every conversation we have.
Gartner forecasts worldwide downloads in mobile application stores to surpass 21.6 billion by 2013. Free downloads will account for 82 percent of all downloads in 2010, and will account for 87 percent of downloads in 2013. Just imagine that groundswell.
Michael Brito, VP of Edelman Digital, talks with Cisco’s Zoya Fallah about how companies use social media to create memorable brand experiences and the importance of active listening in the Web 2.0 space.
In searching for Valentine’s gifts this year, I am shocked at both the extent that stores go to market the holiday and at the shallowness of the gifts themselves. Seriously, is giving a heart shaped box of cheap chocolates really going to help showcase the full extent of my appreciation to my Sweetheart? Is a teddy bear that has a red ribbon around it that says “Love me” going to do anything other than question why she is with someone like me? And is anything that says “Will you be mine?” not speak in some way as viewing her as an object to own instead of the wonderful partner that she is?
Look, maybe these gifts work for some, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just that I was spoiled, I suppose, by being able to get her the perfect gift last year. It was truly a Valentine’s gift to remember and, once again, will be the way that I show the true depth of my love for her this year as well.
A year ago at Mobile World Congress we boldly declared our commitment to Mobility when we stated that 4G=IP=Cisco. And this year has truly been pivotal with the mobile Internet taking off and Cisco’s acquisition of Starent further demonstrating our commitment to this market.
Though challenged by the combination of increased demand (hear from our friends at Vodafone Spain in the video below) and increased competition from over-the-top providers, I believe now is the time for mobile operators to capitalize on this mobile Internet transformation.
Mobile operators have a great deal of power in their IP-based networks. The mobile operator knows the mobile customer -- their device, their service package, their usage patterns, and even their location. And of course the mobile operator knows their own network -- their available bandwidth, service capabilities, and content and security.
With this intelligence, mobile operators have the unique ability to create and provide rich multimedia services to their customers in a high-quality, secure and reliable manner. Further, operators can enable their subscribers to customize and personalize their own service packages to meet their ever-changing needs.
With this intelligence mobile operators can win a share of these new Internet service revenues, reduce network expenses, and increase customer satisfaction.
As I mentioned in this post, on the introduction of the Cisco ASR 5000, the combination of intelligence and performance in the context of an all-IP mobile network is more important now than ever before.