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Video Everywhere

highways for videoOver the last year, we have continued to see mass adoption of video in every aspect of our lives and it is changing the way we live, work play and learn. Just this weekend, I was with a friend showing off his new ‘toy’ a SlingCatcher, watching videos coming into his laptop on his TV screen. As if this was not enough, he also had his DVR accessible from his new Blackberry Storm watching the sports highlights. Just look anywhere online or offline, at work or at home, video is become pervasive across multiple screens and across multiple access technologies for not just entertainment but also for communications. Clearly this will validate the growth in traffic in IP networks and impact networks worldwide. Most Service Providers have been anticipating this growth and considering all types of options to prepare themselves to stay ahead of the traffic growth curve cost effectively. But what we need to ask is -- will we ever get ahead of the curve? If we take the analogy of roads and traffic, given enough time, every highway/freeway/road is challenged with the volume of traffic requiring continual expansion. So, whether it’s your favorite access technology (3G, 4G, FTTX, xDSL, etc.) or the most exotic technology in the transmission network, just remember….the only constant is ‘change’. We will continue to see new ways of filling up the pipes…and for someone that builds routers, that’s music to my ears. :)

3000 CRS-1′s and counting”¦.!

Cisco Carrier Routing System  (CRS-1)Our flagship router, the Cisco Carrier Routing System or CRS-1, just hit the 3000 units shipped milestone, which not only speaks to the trend of the IP transformation happening worldwide but marks yet another great accomplishment for this platform. When we launched the CRS-1 in May 2004, industry cynicism was high because the capabilities were so far ahead of what competitors offered (which is still the case), and people didn’t see demand evolving as aggressively as would be needed to predicate demand. Some said no more than 50 units would ever be needed and no more than 5 providers worldwide would ever be customers. Read More »


Barack Obama holds his BlackBerryPresident Obama wants to hang onto his Blackberry. The IT department worries about information security, the government lawyers worry about record-keeping regulations, and the Secret Service worries about potentially dangerous location information. It’s amusing to see the President struggle with familiar resistance to bringing personal technology into the workplace. Instead, they offer him the rather unattractive Sectera Edge. Apparently, he has more clout than me, because he’ll be allowed to use his Blackberry”to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends,” while I’m still waiting for Cisco to support the iPhone internally.The article explains “an e-mail from a lunatic can easily become a legal headache - and, potentially, a public-relations nightmare.” I’d definitely advise the President not to click on any of the links for male enhancement.

Mobile at the Inauguration

With millions of people expected in Washington D.C. tomorrow, the mobile companies are concerned about the potential peak load. Considering how much Obama’s campaign emphasized mobile technology, heavy usage by the crowd would not come as a surprise. My family visited Washington D.C. during the holidays, and we saw the inauguration platform under construction on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, and grandstands going up along Pennsylvania Avenue. I noticed cells-on-wheels already in place, ready for the extraordinary traffic from the upcoming event.This evening, the Disney Channel was showing its Kid’s Inaugural. They decided to celebrate with Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers…what a surprise! Anyway, Michelle Obama attended with her two daughters, Malia and Sasha. One shot showed Sasha using a mobile phone to take a picture of the concert. Glad to see the First Family using mobile technology in such a visible way!

Mobile Epiphanies

New Yorker Cartoon by Arnie Levin:“œWe’re becoming an internet service provider!” observed a mobile operator during a recent visit to the Cisco briefing center. The comment stemmed from a discussion about how the mobile internet keeps growing more pervasive in their technical designs, business decisions, and even cultural approach. And as with any sweeping change, the epiphany comes with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.Wireless flirted with the internet since its beginning. In 1970, as the ARPANET (internet ancestor) first connected across the U.S., ALOHA packet radio emerged in Hawaii. But the ALOHA access techniques soon left the airwaves to form the foundation of Ethernet, and for the next two decades the internet grew as a fixed network. (For a fascinating review, check out Leonard Kleinrock’s recent IEEE Wireless Communications article,”History of the Internet and Its Flexible Future“.) Wireless and the internet reconnected in the 1990s, as WiFi and 3G started delivering IP packets at useful speeds. Faster radios, lower charges, and attractive devices have thrust the mobile internet onto center stage. Read More »