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KRBO: Delivering One Gigabit per Second Connectivity with the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, Service Provider Product and Solutions Marketing

KBRO, the largest cable television provider in Taiwan, has announced that it will use the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router to deliver one gigabit per second high speed internet connections to its customer base. Already known for its innovations and forward-thinking network architectures, KBRO is using the cBR-8 converged broadband router to modernize its infrastructure and improve its offering to its more than 400,000 subscribers

KBRO is not alone in recognizing the need to provide high-speed bandwidth to support the worldwide explosion of video traffic. To respond to this tremendous growth, cable operators must adopt new technologies and new ways of thinking. The Cisco cBR-8 is designed from the ground up to support high-speed Internet delivery as well as DOCSIS 3.1 and its associated levels of services over the current cable infrastructure.

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Major Mobile Milestones – The Last 15 Years, and the Next Five

Cowritten with Usha Andra, Senior Analyst, Visual Networking Index, Service Provider Marketing

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the VNI Mobile Forecast. For a decade, we have analyzed, reviewed, and made projections about mobile networking and how consumers and business users’ behaviors and expectations have changed based on device innovations, network enhancements, and a seemingly never-ending variety of mobile applications and content options. Our work and focus on forecasting the growth of global mobile network traffic and wireless service trends has given us an opportunity to cover one of the fastest growing (in terms of user adoption) and constantly interesting global industries ever developed. Over the past 10 years, mobile data traffic has increased 6,000-fold, and over the past 15 years, it has increased an incredible 600-million-fold. The average smartphone owner today is carrying a computing device more powerful than 10 PCs from 2000. And mobile devices have evolved from devices for calling and texting to devices for calling, texting, tweeting, posting, watching, gaming, banking, navigating, shopping, and reading.

Here’s a very brief summary of some of the major mobile milestones that many of us have experienced over the last 15 years, in five-year increments. What did we miss or would you add to these timelines? We’ve also provided a quick snapshot of our projections for the next five years. Let us know what you think…

Pre-2000: The wireless wilderness shows early signs of development

In 1973, the first mobile phone call was placed with the words “guess where I’m calling from?”, the motto of the early days of cellular voice. Mobile phones became commercially available in 1979, but the early phones were expensive and heavy, with large nickel cadmium batteries weighing them down. In the 1990s, lithium ion batteries were introduced, reducing the weight and size of the phones by more than half, and the phones began to be offered at more affordable prices. Also in the early 1990s, 2G phones deploying GSM technology were introduced, marking the shift from analog to digital communications. With GSM, limited data services such as text messaging and paging began to be available. The GPRS standard was introduced in the late 1990s, delivering packet-switched data capabilities to existing GSM networks and allowing users to send graphics-rich data as packets.

2000 – 2005: “Call me”

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Mobile voice was still the dominant voice application in this era, but Read More »

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Cisco Service Provider is Bringing Cloud Scale Networking to Cisco Live Berlin

Cisco Live Berlin 2016 is almost here and we would like to highlight a few key points that this event can bring your way. As you know networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Every company in every vertical industry is facing unprecedented competitive pressure from new players making innovative usage of software and data analytics. It forces companies to embark on a digitization journey, which ends up having profound consequences on network infrastructure. You may also already know that the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast predicts significant traffic growth in such networks and Global Cloud Index (GCI) forecasts data center and cloud growth showing that total DC traffic will be 3X going from 2014 to 2019. So we worked out a Cisco service provider strategy to help you to stay ahead of the curve and we are delivering SP solutions to help you transform your business. Such strategy will not only increase the speeds and feeds, but will also provide comprehensive ways of growing your business through the virtualization and programmability of services based on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) innovations. We want Cisco SP technologies and solutions to help increase your profitability and reduce your operational costs while reducing time to market. Cisco’s Open Network Strategy is our vision that fosters new solutions positioned to help you transform the way you handle your day-to-day operations and let you become an empowered provider.

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Come visit the Service Provider booth to see how Cisco’s Service Provider Cloud Scale Networking Solutions for the Software Defined Operator are driving transformation through innovation at Cisco Live Berlin, February 15-19, 2016. We will feature demonstrations, product strategy overviews, and much more!

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The Top 3 Ways Service Providers Can Profit from Simpler Operations

I get to talk with a lot of service providers around the world. And no matter where they are, they have a common set of issues—whether they’re a telco, mobile operator, cloud provider, cable company, web service provider, or all of the above.

Big ones include: How can we reduce network complexity? How can we bring new services to market faster and adapt to changing market conditions without a big up-front investment? What are the opportunities for emerging technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV)?

The stats are telling: By 2020, it’s forecasted that 50 billion interconnected devices will collect and transmit data about our homes, our health, and our businesses. The enormity and complexity of expanding applications, expanding devices and types, and massive data that must be processed, analyzed, and fed back to users in real time are staggering.

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Technology becomes both the challenge and the opportunity. Networks have become complex and rigid, costly to operate, and a burden on skilled people. New technologies can help deal with these issues—technologies such as SDN, NFV, and open-source projects.

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Cisco highlights Multi-Vendor, Broadcast IP-Production Video Proof of Concept As Part of New “Media Blueprint”

Guest Blog by: Roger Sherwood, Cisco Manager of Sales Business Development for Service Provider

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The idea was born in Paris late 2015. 42 Mediatvcom and the R&D Department of public broadcaster France Televisions wanted to build a proof‐of-concept demonstration for broadcasters interested in interconnecting their television studios over IP.

The design parameters: it had to be end-to-end, interoperate across multiple vendors and showcase how studios can migrate to IP using open source components.

Next-generation IP Video routing is part of Cisco’s new “Media Blueprint,” to help broadcasters, content providers and media and entertainment companies make the move to all-IP infrastructure. Cisco’s part in the project involved our Nexus series of IP switches, which make it easier to connect and manage disparate data center resources using software-defined networking (SDN).   In the demo, Read More »

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