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Are Small Cells and Wi-Fi Networks Complimentary or Competitive?

As an industry, we are starting to see a convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi to help solve coverage, capacity, and spectrum issues in our increasingly connected, mobile-dominated world. Today more than ever, mobile operators are increasingly realizing that Wi-Fi and small cells must be part of their traditional licensed network in order to realize the future of mobility.

This topic was especially evident during last month’s Small Cell Americas conference in Dallas, Texas. During the conference, I had the opportunity to discuss how small cells and Wi-Fi can work together, which proved especially timely as the Dallas conference also marked the launch by the Small Cell Forum of their Enterprise Release, comprising  of 25 documents to help overcome barriers to small cell deployment in the enterprise. Release Two: Enterprise is the result of over nine months of hard work by the Forum and its members!

As small cells and Wi-Fi bring corporate networks and mobile networks closer to each other, IT leaders and service providers are increasingly asking questions about how the convergence of small cells and Wi-Fi coexist, from a product, architecture and business model perspective. Some common questions include: Read More »

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Israeli Pay TV Innovator Yes Launches Mobile TV Service with Cisco Videoscape

Israeli subscribers to satellite TV provider yes can now view 60+ channels of live/linear video, and thousands of on-demand titles, on devices well beyond the television set — and they can do so inside and outside of their homes.

It kicked off on December 23, when yes announced its “yesGO” service to PCs and Macs, as well as iOS and Android devices. (Tablets are particularly popular in Israel — nearly 40% of yes’ subscribers own them.)

With the new yesGO service, customers can stream (but not download) content at 720P, with full trick play support (rewind/fast forward) as well as preservation of state (resume on one screen where you left off on another.)

Yes is an Read More »

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Agile Networks Deliver More Revenue for Mobile Providers

kerriganWe have big plans for our presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Look for new mobility products and services, demonstrations, and ample opportunities to discuss your business needs with Cisco executives, engineers and mobility experts.

Innovation for virtualization, orchestration, automation and agility will be a consistent theme this year at Mobile World Congress. Only Cisco has the breadth and depth of solutions that can help Mobility providers quickly turn up services that help monetize their investments.

As we head to Barcelona, I wanted to introduce you to John Kerrigan as our new leader for Cisco SP Mobility Architectures.

John is a Read More »

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Unmanaged Networks: Disruption or Complement to Pay TV?

For a long time, the Pay TV world had a reliable division of labor. It used to look something like this:

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Film and TV studios generated content. Aggregators purchased this content and packaged it in the form of linear TV channels. TV operators acquired channels and offered it to viewers by means of a set-top box. But gradually, this model changed. Aggregators began to create and distribute their own content. STB manufacturers became distributors. But the biggest change, the one that has blown the doors off the old model, is the introduction of unmanaged networks, also known as OTT (Over the Top), into the viewing space.

What is OTT? It’s any content delivered over the internet, but outside a managed network such as the ones your local cable or satellite operator provide. It’s YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and countless other video providers. They’re wildly popular, and they provide content on any device. You probably don’t need statistics to see how widespread these video sites have become – you can see it with your own eyes – but here’s some anyway:

--Between Q1 2011 and Q1 2013, online viewing has increased 50-100% Read More »

Observations from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

I am just back from attending the 2014 Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas where I was meeting with customers and visiting the massive show floor. CES is an intriguing blend of extremes and contrasts: biggest and the smallest; connected and unconnected; wired and wireless; high tech – low tech.  As personal and business technologies converge through the “consumerization of technology”, CES provides an exciting window into the current and future world of technology.

As with every show, there are things which are the same, more advanced or completely new from the previous year.   The following are my personal observations and extrapolations from the show based on my conversations with customers, colleagues and walking the floor.

1. Internet of Everything – Not only are all things (machines, sensors, devices) being connected to the Internet but so are people and data, creating the Internet of Everything.  IoE is a fitting overall theme for CES – everything at the show is connected to everything else.  As Cisco CEO John Chambers stated in his keynote speech “IoE is bigger than anything that’s ever been done in high tech.”

2. New Next Generation TV… Again – You could be mistaken for thinking that CES is really the TV show.  Televisions are everywhere and every company seems to produce one.  Manufacturers are still promoting 3D television, but it has taken a back seat to the next big thing – spectacular ultra high-definition or 4K TVs – four times the resolution of typical HD TVs.

3. The World is Curved Read More »

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