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Mobile World Congress 2009: Podcast Remarks

Getting ready for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I shared these podcast remarks about looking beyond radio technology and focusing on the architecture of whole Mobile Internet.

Mobile World Congress 2009: Welcome to Barcelona!

I wanted to take a minute and introduce you to the scenes outside the Fira and highlight how the Cisco presence at Mobile World Congress is virtual.

Presentations from MPLS & Ethernet World Congress 2009

MPLS & Ethernet World Congress 2009, taking place this week in Paris, has attracted more than 1000 industry attendees. Many Cisco MPLS experts will be speaking at this conference on various topics. If economic conditions prevent you from attending the conference in person, here is a great opportunity to listen to some of our speaker’s presentations on VoD & WebEx. I encourage you to send your questions and/or comments to the presenters by using the Comment feature at the end of this post.February 11, 9am Paris Local timeMPLS: How far can it stretch?Presenter: Bruce Davie, Cisco FellowFebruary 11, 3pm Paris Local timeTelmex Peru: The values of IP/MPLS and DWDM Element and Control Plane Presenters: Loukas Paraschis, Sales Business Development Manager; Emerson Moura Consulting System Engineer

Dropped calls anyone?

tin can phoneSadly, we can all likely attest to having an important discussion interrupted by having the mobile call dropped like a hot potato as we are walking through an airport, play golf in the hills, or even just at the local supermarket. So which mobile operator has the best customer satisfaction in terms of call quality and dropped calls? Companies like Changewave measure such things with their findings as closely monitored by the industry just as the Nielsens are by broadcasters. Read More »

Are Smart Phones Generative?

College Humor: Cell Phone ReunionUnder the dramatic headline The battle for the smart-phone’s soul, the Economist describes the “fierce battle” between mobile operating systems, with new software removing “the main impediment to the take-off of the mobile internet.” The Apple iPhone and Google Android are described as the disruptive outsiders, opening up new opportunities in software, services and content.But a somewhat darker view emerges in The End of the Generative Internet, by Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School. By “generative” he means technologies like the PC and the Internet, which can be reprogrammed and repurposed by anyone, without central control. Much exciting creativity and value has flowed from this enviroment, but so have viruses and spam. To avoid such negatives, the Apple iPhone has a much more controlled environment: “Apple can change its mind at any time about a particular piece of software’s inclusion in its store. And even software already obtained from the iPhone App Store can be recalled-¬Ěthat’s just a subset of Apple’s ability to remotely reprogram any aspect of the phone at any time.” Read More »