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Business Benefits of Universal Intelligent Access Demonstrated at Cisco’s UK Showcase

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 4.52.42 AMGuest Blog written by Scott Morrison, Vice President SCTG – Small Cell Eng

Enterprises have long recognised the benefits of wireless – to enable faster, more productive working processes and a more empowered, more flexible workforce. After all, it is the enterprise sector that pioneered Wi-Fi deployments, often working with service providers, and it represents a significant business for Cisco worldwide. But the feedback from our enterprise partners is that businesses are hungry to build on this wireless foundation. Specifically, they want to extend the reach and power of their applications by combining the power of their Wi-Fi networks with the universal service of cellular networks.

Business BenefitsBusinesses want a simpler approach to mobile and they want it everywhere. For example, many workforce and process automation systems are isolated in individual locations today. Blending indoor Wi-Fi with cellular networks will help these systems to make faster, better and in time more predictive decisions.

This presents a both a challenge and a huge opportunity for service providers. Read More »

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Transforming Through Innovation: Marking Cisco’s CPE Milestones

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 4.41.41 PMBy Joe Chow, Vice President, Connected Devices BU, Cisco

Our theme this year at ANGA COM 2015 in Germany is “transformation through innovation.” That’s why we thought it timely to showcase the elements we build, that get installed into consumer homes.

Almost a quarter of the world’s television households — more than 300 million, in fact — are connected, in some way, shape or form, with the Videoscape components we make. We celebrate 25 years of partnerships with over 150 service providers Read More »

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The Gateway to the Future

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 4.41.41 PMBy Joe Chow, vice president, Connected Devices Business Unit, Cisco

Every couple of years, dating way, way, way back, someone boldly questions the future of customer premise equipment (CPE), and in particular, the set-top box. (To test this logic, do a search on “the death of the set-top box.”)

This week is all about shaking off old perceptions, and building anew. So I’ll say it – set-tops are not what they used to be. They will continue to transform dramatically. The Connected Home is evolving to gateways. Allow me to explain. Read More »

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Securing Explosive Growth in Video… Service Providers need all the Firepower.

It sounds a bit of an oxymoron – Securing and Explosive. Indeed, security is what enables growth, actually, explosive growth in video delivered to multiscreen devices. Video viewing will make up 80% of global IP traffic by 2019, according to Cisco’s latest VNI report, and that traffic is expected to cross over 24 billion connected devices. This explosive growth of multi-screen IP video is Read More »

Network Programmability Collapses Traditional OSS Silos

Blog written by Stefan Vallin, Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems

Consider the three key steps related to provisioning and maintaining a customer network service. First, configuration of network devices according to the service intent, followed by activation tests. Finally, ongoing service level assurance monitoring to verify that the service delivered is what was committed.

Up until now, these activities have lived completely isolated from each other, in separate silos. Not surprising, it’s just human nature to break down complex systems and processes into separate entities since it makes things easier to manage, but the time is now to collapse these silos.

It’s been the OSS’s role to Read More »

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