The next big wave of IP traffic growth is upon us, which will be having dramatic impacts on the providers and their networks. At the “Core” of it all (please forgive the pun and foreshadowing…) is the empowered consumer, who is using video and Web 2.0 networked-based applications in ways unforeseen just a few years ago and, in turn, is helping to inspire major changes at the business customers as well. Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of ATT, recently made a comment that the bandwidth glut of the past is gone and, ironically, was exhausted by “primitive” applications (Click here for a Light Reading story of Mr. Stephenson’s comments) -- as more sophisticated applications come about into the mainstream, such as telepresence and more high-definition video, the need for bandwidth will sky-rocket. Read More »
Co-authored with Shyam Kota, Product Manager at Cisco working towards a secure Internet infrastructureWith the advent of Web 2.0 applications, enterprises and their respective service providers are viewing the network as a service enabler that transports critical business applications. Doing so over the public internet is considered risky from an infosec perspective, prone to loss of data confidentiality to hackers and fraud. To ensure secure transport of data, various proprietary protocols were developed -- however the scope of these were limited to the application they were designed to serve. To overcome such limitations and ensure a uniform end-to-end security framework, IPSec for IP was developed by IETF. Read More »
Finally back on California time, after a busy week in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. The GSM Association, which owns the event, changed the name from the 3GSM World Congress, dropping the reference to 3G. In part, this represents the desire to attract participants from the information technology, financial services and entertainment industries (including Robert Redford). But dropping references to radio technology (2G GSM or 3G W-CDMA) also suggests the “end of Gs” for the mobile industry. Not that new radio technology was ignored at the Congress. Many heralded the arrival of 3GPP Long-Term Evolution radios (although the impression of imminence is undermined by the LT in LTE), others exhibited WiMax (including Cisco), and femtocells generated much interest (including partner ip.access). But the notion of 4G replacing 3G, which replaced 2G, which replaced 1G, makes decreasing sense as a framework to describe the future. Read More »
Anticipation was building… show organizers even changed the event’s name to”Mobile World Congress” (MWC) to acknowledge the evolution of the industry. The stage was set for a technology debate around HSPA, LTE and WiMAX. Many were prepared to engage in the rhetoric and race for mobile access technology supremacy. There was plenty of hype as Intel, Ericsson, NSN, and other corporate titans attempted to increase mindshare for their particular solution or approach. In the end, it was the small guys who captured the attention and headlines-the companies who focused on the delivery of a rich mobile user experience. “It’s the application stupid” was the theme that stole the show (see “Green Porno-a series of short films designed for cell phones and computers; provocatively named for search recognition). As Softbank CEO, Masayoshi Son and Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin pointed out in their keynotes, the Internet, entertainment and mobility are where the world is heading. Mr. Son even went so far as to say, “Voice will be offered for free” Wow… how times have changed. Read More »
Ok, so I know I’ve already mentioned the uber-users campaign we have going on and the Web 2.0 aspects it brings to us, but considering the day and the challenges that so many of us have had with finding love -past, present or future -I figured it would only be appropriate to get a better idea of the challenges that Cupid goes through as well- Happy Valentines’ Day!