Cowritten with Usha Andra, Senior Analyst, Visual Networking Index, Service Provider Marketing
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”
Mobile voice was still the dominant voice application in this era, but Read More »
Tags: 3G, 4G, 5G, digitization, mobile data traffic, mobile networks, mobile vni, Service Provider, visual networking index
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
Verizon Partners with Cisco to Launch SD-WAN Managed Service
Verizon outlined plans on Tuesday to offer a Managed WAN service based on Cisco’s software-defined infrastructure. Verizon is the first carrier to do so on Cisco’s platform.
The partnership is a big step in Verizon’s march toward fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology. Cisco’s SVP, Kelly Ahuja, has more on what this means for the future.
As always, let us know what you think of the blog. Feedback from partners, especially around partner programs, is vital for Cisco to keep producing programs that work for all of us.
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Tags: 5G, Apple, Cisco, Kelly Ahuja, partner, Rob Soderbery, SDN, Verizon, Weekly Rewind
While at the NGMN Industry Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, the folks from Telecom TV interviewed Paul Polakos, Cisco Fellow. Paul is our CTO office lead for 5G research. During this interview, Paul talks about Cisco’s active work driving towards 5G technology. Cisco is active in both Research and Development and the various standards organizations that are focusing on 5G development (like 3GPP, NGMN, etc.). Cisco is also working with our customers to align strategies.
Mr. Polakos stresses that 5G is about diversity of uses cases and devices unlike what we have seen in all the previous generations (i.e. 3G, 4G).
Cisco is very interested in Information Centric Networking (ICN) as a possible solution Read More »
Tags: 5G, Cisco, ICN, Information Centric Networking, Service Provider, Telecom TV
Cisco asks the industry to think aggressively and to accept risks when it comes to 5G planning.
I was fortunate to attend the NGMN 5G Industry Conference in Frankfurt Germany March 24-25th. And while Frankfurt in March is a bit chilly for this Florida-boy, the conference was interesting and certainly well worth an investment of time. It was great to get together with over 300 people and to listen to a free exchange of ideas and views from the network operators, technology vendors and academia. Everyone was there for the common purpose to figure out what will 5G really be.
The NGMN is a network operator led organization that includes technology vendors and academia and takes an active role defining the requirements for next generation technology. They released their first of five white papers on 5G at this past MWC 2015. This initial white paper focused on use cases that illustrate requirements needed in 5G.
Why do we need 5G? Read More »
Tags: 5G, Cisco, cto, mobile, mobility, MWC 2015, network operators, NFV/SDN, NGMN, Service Provider, SP Mobility
I have just returned from a very interesting and jammed-packed week at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. A record 93,000 plus people are estimated to have attended this year’s premier technology festival. Much has changed in the industry over the last year since I reported my observations of MWC 2014. However, what is most remarkable is how the boundaries of mobility continue to expand and morph – everything now seems to be mobile? As such, the show offers a fascinating glimpse into the future of technology and the major social and business shifts that we can expect in the next few years.
The following are my personal observations and extrapolations from the show Read More »
Tags: 5G, business models, Cisco, IoT, mobile, mobile data, mobile devices, mobile networks, mobile operators, mobile world congress, mobility, monetization, MWC 2015, NFV, service providers, small cells, wi-fi