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RDK in Action: ANGA COM and Beyond

The RDK -- the Reference Design Kit -- already catapulting into the cable landscape, by way of cloud-capable set-tops and gateways – is a hefty source of industry discussion as we head into ANGA COM, in Cologne.

As an active RDK Community member, we are already deeply involved with RDK launches, worldwide. We’re also poised to contribute an open source framework for broadband-oriented RDK equipment. So with that as a baseline, we’ll start the volley of “RDK at ANGA COM” with a quick update on some of our observations about the RDK marketplace, so far.

1) It really does make the launching of cool video services and rich, web-like navigation (much) faster. Allow me to tell you the tale of our colleagues at Hrvatski Telekom, in Croatia. Last year, the customer threw down the gauntlet with a request to flex its brand-new IPv6 network with IP video services, based on RDK — with a start-to-completion timeframe of 50 days.

Other design parameters: The user interface needed to be bi-lingual, and we needed Read More »

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The Beauty of Remote PHY (And Other Infrastructure Trends at ANGA 2014)

detmanWritten By Daniel Etman, Director, Product Management, Cable Access at Cisco

One of the taller trends protruding from the cable infrastructure side of life these days, along with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), is the fiber optimization and convergence strategy known as “Remote PHY.

And if you’re into infrastructure trends, know that we expect the matter of Remote PHY to qualify as a genuine hot ticket at the upcoming ANGA show, in Cologne.

Why: Because as service providers with cable access assets roadmap the infrastructure portions of their strategies to provide Gigabit services (residential and enterprise), mobile backhaul, and headend virtualization, they’re finding it increasingly important to be able to use the same fiber(s) for multiple purposes.

Such desires lead directly to Remote PHY, which isn’t Read More »

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Cisco – Thales Win 2014 Coveted Global Telecom Business Innovations Award

Jim O'Leary Written By Jim O’ Leary, Senior Mobile Solutions Marketing Manager

What a great week to be in London last week, the weather was great with blue skies and warm weather. The main reason this week to be in London was to attend the annual Global Telecoms Business Summit and Innovations Awards, and what a great industry event it was. During the event there were lots of customer interactions, industry discussions & best practices, and the Innovation Awards.

thalesThe Global Telecom Business Summit and Innovation Awards is an annual event that celebrates innovative solutions created by telecom vendors together with operators to make a difference to the world. Cisco and Thales won the award for Business Service Innovation for “LTE Enhancing the Safety and Security Industry Market” where we leveraged Cisco’s Industry Leading LTE Solution and Thales’ industry leadership in Security Systems Integration.

What is the problem that we identified? The Safety & Security Industry leverages the Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) which is currently in the process of transitioning towards Broadband over the next few years.

The Solution: Read More »

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Hitchhiker’s Guide for Service Providers at Cisco Live, San Francisco

May 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm PST

Amrit Hanspal Formal photoWritten By Amrit Hanspal, Senior Manager, Service Provider Lead, Network OS Tech Group

Cisco Live in San Francisco (next week!) offers a host of learning opportunities if you are part of a Service Provider, or a large Enterprise that offers services to internal groups. Let my blog be your guide to help you chart out all the different sessions that Cisco has to offer during the week, with a specific focus on the software capabilities of the routing and switching platforms in 4 key areas – IPv6, SDN, MPLS Transport & Ethernet Services, and IP Routing.

First up, IPv6! The exhaustion of IPv4 is not the only driving force for IPv6 adoption. Service Provider IPv6 deployments are rapidly ramping up with a majority of SPs looking towards IPv6. Join us for a recap on ‘IPv6 – From Intro to Intermediate’ (Session ID: BRKRST-2116) or join us to hear about our experiences in ‘Service Provider IPv6 Deployment’ (Session ID: BRKSPG-3300) where our IPv6 gurus highlight deployment best practices and real-world challenges. Security is key in IPv6 – and that’s the focus of ‘IPv6 Security Threats & Mitigations’ (Session ID: BRKSEC-2003). And since we are dealing with the networking, don’t worry, we got you covered with a Troubleshooting IPv6 session (Session ID: BRKRST-2304). See the full list of learning opportunities at here.

Next up, is SDN – Software Defined Networking. The industry’s latest Read More »

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What’s New With Cisco’s Evolved Services Platform (ESP)? A Peek Inside the Service Provider’s Software-Defined WAN

In February we announced the Evolved Services Platform (ESP) as part of our Service Provider Cisco Open Networking Environment.  The ESP consists of a service broker (a storefront for SP applications), a catalog of virtual functions (components of the offerings) and an orchestration engine, which is essentially the factory the produces the applications themselves.

One of the key functions of ESP’s orchestration engine is to automate, in real time,  the operations of today’s complex multivendor physical and virtual infrastructure. This week we announced the WAN Automation Engine (WAE), which helps deliver this function for the wide area networks of our carrier operators, and enables them to deliver positive business outcomes for their end customers. Using WAE’s sophisticated predictive analytics and path computation, operators can now rapidly create new revenue generating services such as bandwidth calendaring for their end customers; this is not possible in many of their present modes of operation.

Those responsible for the “bottom line” in service providers will Read More »

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