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ITU 2009: Insights from Customer Meetings on Day 3 in Geneva

Cisco VP of Service Provider Marketing, Suraj Shetty, shares insights from customer meetings at ITU in Geneva highlighting optimism in technology adoption and acceleration.

After the jump, hear more from Cisco SVP Kelly Ahuja…

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ITU 2009: Monique Morrow Highlights the Women’s Networking Breakfast

Monique Morrow talks with me about the Women’s Networking Breakfast on Day 3 and focuses on a successful young woman from Afghanistan who was inspired by Cisco’s Networking Academy.

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ITU 2009: Cisco and Afghani Woman’s Journey to Entrepreneurship

Lima Ahmed, entrepreneur from Afghanistan shares her journey from ITU 2006 in Hong Kong to her own internet shopping company focused on crafts made by Afghani’s. Ahmed shares how her inspiration came from hearing Tae Yoo, SVP Corporate Affairs at Cisco speak at the Women’s Breakfast in Hong Kong.

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ITU 2009: John Chambers Wraps Up on Final Day from Geneva

John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, summarizes his experience at ITU highlighting how the network will become the platform for innovation, how broadband is enabling job creation and entertainment, and how service providers are looking to partner with Cisco in new innovative ways moving forward.

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A Wake-Up Call for the Internet

Hello, from Geneva where I’ve been attending the ITU Telecom World Conference for the last few days. It’s been three years since the last show, and it’s energizing to see the ever increasing recognition as to the increased role that the network can play in improving business and change lives. While different sections of the show tend to focus on different topics, much of the discussion at the “Internet Pavilion” (hosted by ICANN, ISOC and NRO) by global leaders and attendees has been on the future of telecommunications.

One of the key concerns that surfaces when discussing the future of IT is the imminent depletion of IPv4 addresses and the need to accelerate deployment of IPv6 in the wake of massive growth of IP-enabled devices. I know, I know…IPv6 discussions have been around for awhile. But here are some real eye-openers gained this week that really show that this is a topic that must be addressed much sooner than later:

  • ITU forecasts the number of mobile subscriptions to top 4.6 billion by the end of this calendar year.
  • Wireless broadband subscriptions (600 million) exceeded fixed broadband subscribers in 2008.
  • A quarter of the word’s people – approximately 1.9 billion – have access to a computer at home (not to mention the proliferation of so many other mobile and IP-based devices)

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