Hello from Geneva! I just wanted to take a moment and wrap up Cisco’s 1st day at ITU 2009.
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, discusses the role of the Public Sector & Economic Recovery at the Opening Plenary – ITU Geneva. ITU 2009 is bringing together hundreds of exhibitors from more than 40 countries with more 20,000 attendees from more than 140 countries worldwide. Cisco’s three focus areas this year are bridging the Digital Divide, Climate Change and Disaster Relief.
Broadband Gear Report – an online publication that highlights new and innovative products in the cable industry has awarded Cisco with two diamond awards. Unlike many publications where magazine editors choose the winners, Broadband Gear Report assembles a judging panel made of cable engineers – those who actually use the products.
In a recent report, Infonetics Research – Carrier Ethernet market defying downturn, Principal Analyst Michael Howard stated that the “carrier Ethernet equipment market is forecast by Infonetics to top $32 billion in 2013, driven by the need to handle fast-growing traffic from consumer, business, and mobile backhaul networks, including skyrocketing video traffic.”
It all makes sense. As service providers transition from their existing TDM to Packet-based infrastructure, handle a tidal wave of new IP video-based services, and consolidate service specific networks, they are making a shift in their edge, aggregation, and access infrastructure investments. They are doing this because they need new equipment that can concurrently provide high capacity and performance as well as service flexibility and velocity without compromising operational efficiency and reliability.
As we heard over and over again at the 2009 Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC), Carrier Ethernet infrastructure is composed of Ethernet/MPLS/DWDM and is an efficient way to carry both IP and legacy traffic. MPLS has transformed “metro” Ethernet into “carrier” Ethernet by adding increased scalability, better QoS, higher security, protocol flexibility and improved resiliency.