Hello, from Geneva where I’ve been attending the ITU Telecom World Conference for the last few days. It’s been three years since the last show, and it’s energizing to see the ever increasing recognition as to the increased role that the network can play in improving business and change lives. While different sections of the show tend to focus on different topics, much of the discussion at the “Internet Pavilion” (hosted by ICANN, ISOC and NRO) by global leaders and attendees has been on the future of telecommunications.
One of the key concerns that surfaces when discussing the future of IT is the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses and the need to accelerate deployment of IPv6 in the wake of massive growth of IP-enabled devices. I know, I know…IPv6 discussions have been around for awhile. But here are some real eye-openers gained this week that really show that this is a topic that must be addressed much sooner than later:
P.K. Peruvemba and I talk about the Cisco/Bharti Airtel Alliance for Services. Bharti Airtel and Cisco today announced a strategic business alliance to create products and services for the small, medium and large enterprises.
A suite of jointly created unique products, including managed data services, hosted unified communications, connected branch services and Cisco TelePresence, will be launched in a phased manner
The combination of wide network reach and extensive scope of managed services of Bharti Airtel and Cisco make this alliance one of the broadest in the industry
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, discusses the role of the Public Sector & Economic Recovery at the Opening Plenary -- ITU Geneva. ITU 2009 is bringing together hundreds of exhibitors from more than 40 countries with more 20,000 attendees from more than 140 countries worldwide. Cisco’s three focus areas this year are bridging the Digital Divide, Climate Change and Disaster Relief.