I am excited that Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Starent Networks! This important addition, occurring at a time when mobile internet is undergoing massive transformation, would help enable Cisco to better meet the unprecedented needs of our mobile operator and service provider customers as they deliver the next wave of multimedia applications and data services.
To our mobile operators and service providers, this intended acquisition is very much in line with our “4G=IP” vision we’ve stated in the past would, if completed, extend Cisco’s world-class offerings in three key areas.
Scaling mobile operator networks towards 4G LTE solutions, while protecting investment in 3G technologies, to meet the exponential growth in data services
Offering personalized applications to deliver integrated user experiences, create differentiation, and increase ARPU.
Developing innovative business models that deliver incremental revenue streams to address the shrinking voice revenues.
For more details on this announcement, our formal corporate forward looking statement disclaimer, and more insight on the trends causing the need the 4G mobile internet, please see the post by Simon Aspinall, another of our regular SP360 contributors, that is highlighted on our corporate sister blog, The Platform: Cisco to Aquire Mobile Internet Leader Starent Networks
Since my last post talking about the launch of the SP Mobility Community, there have been thousands of visitors and many great discussions. The community is starting to have a life of it’s own and it has been exciting to watch the growth and participate in the conversations. If you are not already a member, please check it out…here are some hot topics in the past month:
Better returns on investments -- through high margin multi-tenancy services
Ability to create new competitive offerings, and
Potential to open market opportunities with both, the small business and enterprise segments
Enterprise-class or small and medium business customers, now have access to IT/networking resources at service provider scale without the need to invest in or take on the complexity of managing large scale IT infrastructures. This allows customers to increase their agility and productivity -- to better anticipate and respond to business needs.