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Never Seen Before Footage: Cisco Powered & Managed Services Channel Program

Richard Duggan has the latest news on dramatic new changes to the Cisco Powered Program, offering greater value to Service Provider customers.Tom discusses the new Cisco Powered managed services designation and the opportunities it provides for service providers and the end-user experience. Read More »

Service Provider Business Models Drive “The Connected Home”

connected_home.jpgThe connected home is closer than we think. Believe it or not, it’s not a technology issue, in my opinion. I think that the bigger issue in terms of deploying home networking and connected home-type systems is the business model for service providers. You know the story. You can go out and buy a whole bunch of home networking gear from retail stores and install it in your home. Its point-to-point type technology, does some very handy, straightforward things, and it works very well at a good priceWhen you try to connect your home network to a trusted, secure network, like the ones where you find our digital set-tops, who’s going to handle the set-up, connections and management for all these additional devices? If a service provider does it and you can’t print your daughter’s term paper because the printer in the basement doesn’t work, and the service provider has to then send a truck, well there go all the profits for a year. Read More »

India: Service Providers and Rural Village Connectivity

There is no doubt that service providers will play a key role in reaching rural villages in India where approximately 70% of the population is located. Work has been underway for sometime to use broadband-based kiosks for farmers in conveying crop information; or establishing e-education centers to boost literacy and so on. Monique.jpgI was in India in 2004 the day the country launched its broadband policy and I witnessed the corresponding excitement around the hope of the technology to connect a nation and beyond. There are a plethora of projects that target broadband penetration in India’s rural villages, some of which are described on Frost & Sullivan’s web site . Read More »

Drum Roll Please…Connected Life Contest Winners

After a 3 month competition and a month-long rounds of judging, the announcement of the Connected Life Contest has come. We received over 600 entries that were submitted for review by panel of experts including Cisco executives, industry analysts, and Service Provider customers. The submissions were categorized around different aspects of the Connected Life, whether it be At Home, At Work and On the Move, and some common themes from many of the submissions became apparent. At home, consumers wanted to converge and consolidate control of their various home entertainment devices (e.g., TV, set top box, stereo, DVR/PVR, etc.). At work, contestants wanted better real-time communication and sharing of business-critical data. On the move, wireless aficionados expressed the desire to access, share and personalize entertainment and business services and content with their mobile devices. Okay so with further ado, the Grand Prize Winner is… amir.jpgAmir from Chapel Hill, North Carolina for his vision of a Personal Digital Butler. The idea is that everything in your home from computers to appliances to alarm clocks is centrally managed and accessible through your car or phone. I have a bad habit of leaving my stereo on when I leave the house -- it sure would be nice to be able to turn it off from my phone when I’m at work or to be able to preheat my oven from my car as I make the commute home- What do you think? How would you use your Personal Digital Butler? Read More »

IMS or Web Services: is there a Debate? IMS in a World of Web-Based Applications

http.jpgAlthough IMS has been around for the last 7 or so years and may not be the panacea originally proposed, it can’t be discounted in the world of IP. Several of our customers in US SP have announced plans to deploy IMS as it will be an important platform for voice as well as other SIP-based applications. At the same time, we see increasing development of new innovative applications that don’t use SIP, but would benefit from the capabilities of an IMS control infrastructure. We need a framework that enables a feasible coexistence of both types of applications.There are the obvious market drivers driving the”IP Everywhere” mentality. These trends have caught IMS and are raising questions about the longevity of IMS:1. ubiquitous high-speed access2. handset evolution: screens and access3. interesting, relevant content and applications (2.0 applications, MySpace, YouTube)4. the prospect of a Google Phone and other disruptive innovationsJust a few years ago, we were upswept in the mantra”voice is the killer app.” After the telecom downturn and the many failed applications (e-wallet, MMS, etc.), how could we think any differently? Did anyone really want anything more from a mobile phone than voice and the occasional text message? IMS fulfilled the need of SIP-based voice services. It was the savior of an industry searching for ways to quickly and efficiently buildout networks and deploy applications. It allowed horizontal implementation rather than perpetuating dependence on a slow, vertical silo. Wow, IMS was it. Read More »