New bundling strategies are not the only way Service Providers are re-inventing their business models. For mobile operators, a number of recent events and trends are conspiring to change forever the landscape of their “œwalled gardens” and causing them to dramatically expand their horizons in search of new sources of revenue.The 700Mhz spectrum auction earlier this year and the imminent release of the T-Mobile G1 Android-enabled phone signal a dramatic shift toward more open platforms and more choice for consumers. The trend is towards uncoupling the device from the provider’s network, which on one hand reduces costs for the provider in terms of handset subsidies and device support costs, but also has the potential to increase subscriber churn as users chase the latest”coolest” gadget and no longer have to lock themselves into a long contract with a specific carrier to do so. Read More »
The Beijing Games were perhaps the largest Olympic event in history!With over 201 countries, hosting 301 events and having 3.9 billion spectators watching from track side, from TV and via the Internet, the Beijing Olympic Games was indeed a multimedia showcase. The world experienced China’s 5000-year history, Chinese cultural splendor, contemporary spirits and mass participation.Let’s not forget the technology and networking required to deliver such images. The IOC’s network requirements was to:”Deliver a stable data network that would provide high resiliency and redundancy to eliminate the possibility of failure.” Further, the network was to carry all Olympic data, including event results, from multiple event venues to the Olympics primary data center, as well as to the international broadcasting center headquarters for all media outlets and commentators.Though not an official Olympic sponsor, Cisco was involved in the design and delivery of the core information network structure for the Beijing Olympic Games, the”Digital Olympics.” The core information network comprised fundamentally of the Administration Network, the Ticketing Network, and the Game Network. The entire media architecture involved numerous organizations.The excitement continues in Beijing! The city is now preparing for the 2008 Paralympic Games.“Cisco is not an Olympic sponsor nor a partner of an Olympic organization, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOCOG).”
Join Tony Bates, SVP and General Manager, Cisco Service Provider Group and Bob McIntyre, Chief Technical Officer, Service Provider Group, as they examine new business models for service providers, including the success of bundles around the world and the potential to take advantage of viewers’ DVR-enabled time-shifted viewing.
Whatever you think of his politics, Barack Obama has certainly made good use of mobile technology. He announced his choice of vice-presidential running mate via text message, although the media scooped the news by a few hours. Imagine the nervous excitement at Distributive Networks as they pressed the “send” button for that message, which reached about 2.9 million people.At the Democratic convention this week, attendees will be asked to send text messages to family and friends, and also invited to make calls from provided phones. The campaign will capture those dialed numbers for later use. With all those text messages and phone calls from Invesco Field, the mobile networks will face an extraordinary load. Many communications companies, including Cisco, are helping connect the convention.Meanwhile, if politics just aggravates you, how will you react to receiving such text messages? You could hurl your mobile phone in frustration. You could even enter the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Estonia. But you’ll need technique as well as vexation: the winning throw was 85 meters (279 feet)!
I’m sleepy. My snooze button has taken my”man’s best friend” place normally reserved for my dog. I smell like a walking coffee pot, and frankly the dark rings under my eyes are not too flattering.But man, are those Olympics ever good! I have been watching so much of them that I feel like I’m on a first name basis with Michael, Nastia, Aaron (Hook’em!), Jason, Misty, Kerri, and Usain (though, seriously, please run through the tape next time!) Now granted, this interest is not necessarily second nature for me. I always thought that trampoline was a noun and not a verb. That Beach Volleyball was something you did for fun in the sun. That badminton was more of a summer picnic activity. That judging art was more in the eye of the individual than trying to be objective. And this interest isn’t necessarily the best thing for my work life as my productivity is suffering. I can’t help my mind from wondering off on teleconferences when I’m, say, discussing broadband penetration rates in Central Europe at the same time I’m online watching two guys smack a ping pong ball so hard my eyes can hardly keep up with it.But even so I can’t help but stay up late -- way, too late — especially considering the long pause I implement on my PVR while I begin the nightly bedtime negotiations with the kids (they want to keep watching, too). Much like how some look at an all-you-can-eat buffet as a challenge versus an offer, I look at these Olympics. 3600 hours of coverage, both on the TV and online? Bring it, NBC. I’m ready. And when all of this is said and done, I will be among the many jockeying for position for a place on your viewer medal podium -- albeit still drowsy, I’m sure.