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Starent Networks is Now a Part of Cisco: Introducing Cisco’s Mobile Internet Technology Group

The holiday season is always a time of excitement, anticipation, and good will. Clearly, mobile is at the heart of all three! I just spent $300 on new smartphones for my family and upgraded our plans to 1200+ minutes, 500+ text messages, and tens of mega bytes per month. That does not even include everything I do with my business phone! If this is any indication, the mobile data traffic will far exceed the projections from the Cisco Visual Networking Index in many markets!

With this backdrop, the Cisco Mobility team is doubly excited because today, as part of our ongoing efforts to enable the mobile Internet transformation, Starent Networks is now a part of Cisco.

As the new Cisco Mobile Internet Technology Group, under the leadership of Ashraf Dahod, former Starent CEO, Starent’s employees will continue their innovative work to develop and support industry-leading mobile broadband solutions.

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Kazakhstan Goes Green

This holiday season, Kazakhstan will be seeing green in many ways. Savings from using integrated IP and optical technologies in the core mean valuable dollars are conserved. Reducing equipment in the network means less power, cooling and rack space leading to lower carbon emissions.

KazakhtelecomThe technology underlying all these benefits is the one Cisco pioneered in December 2005: IP over DWDM (or IPoDWDM). Simply put, by integrating IP and Optical layers in the network with IPoDWDM, providers can kill two birds with one stone: save expenses and cut carbon footprint. Kazakhtelecom joins the chorus of providers who have selected IPoDWDM for their networks – six of top twenty global SPs, over twenty SPs globally. Several of them like Free (France), Netia (Poland), CESNET (Czech), Sprint (US), T-Com (Europe), Comcast (US) have been expanding their infrastructure on IPoDWDM for some time now. Additionally the world’s largest gaming festival (Dreamhack in Sweden) used IPoDWDM on the CRS-1 two years back.

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Celebrate Cisco’s 25th Anniversary by Playing Cisco myPlanNet 1.0

A quarter of a century is a colossal milestone for any company. For Cisco, it marks an historic journey that began with simple curiosities that helped create the Internet and ultimately position Cisco as a global leader in the technology industry. The road has had challenges, certainly, but our commitment to changing the way people live, work and play remains steadfast. To commemorate this anniversary, we’ve created a fun and interactive time travel experience, Cisco myPlanNet 1.0, which allows you to follow the Internet over the past 25 years – parallel to the Cisco journey.

In this interview with Forrester analyst Tom Grant, Cisco’s Stephen Liu and Petra Neiger explain how myPlanNet illustrates Cisco’s 25 years in the networking business. [download the podcast]

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Jewel Attends The Nature Conservancy’s COP 15 Update via Cisco TelePresence Technology with AT&T

Yesterday, I had a chance to take part in a seven city Global TelePresence session that Cisco and AT&T conducted in association with The Nature Conservancy. The intent was to enable a live dialogue between the leaders of the TNC who were in the whirlwind of activity at the COP15 conference from Copenhagen Denmark with influential environmentalists in the United States. The behind-the-scenes viewpoints shared were fascinating, as was the passion and deep understanding of the complexities of the key issues at hand by so many of the participants, including Jewel (who joined the conversation from my great home state of Texas). The poet/singer/songwriter spoke of her love and respect of the environment formed from necessity when she was growing up and how it continues to shape her view today. Like so many of the other environmentalists in the forum who had achieved great things and could very easily turn inward and become self-centered, it was quite inspirational to see them lend their voices and efforts in support of efforts that are greater than us all.

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Social Media Marketing for Service Providers – Podcasting with Gabriel Garcia, CEO of PodCookie

Gabriel Garcia of gives an overview of podcasting and how companies can leverage this tool to extend their marketing brand. In this interview with Cisco’s Zoya Fallah, he also discusses the business benefits of podcasting in a business to business space and business to consumer space.

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