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Cisco – Aspider-NGI, Cisco and Telindus Win 2015 Coveted Global Telecom Business Innovations Award

So we were back in London this week to attend the annual Global Telecoms Business Summit and Innovations Awards, and what a great industry event it was. Lots of customer interactions, industry networking, exchange of best practices, and of course the Innovation Awards.

Global Telecom Business

The Global Telecom Business Summit and Innovation Awards is an annual event that celebrates innovative solutions created by Read More »

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Cisco – XL Axiata Win 2015 Coveted Global Telecom Business Innovations Award

What a great time to be in London this week, the weather was great with blue skies and warm weather. But 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 of course the Innovation Awards.

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The 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 XL Axiata won the award for Network Infrastructure Innovation for “Transforming Mobile Service Delivery in Indonesia” where XL Axiata leveraged Cisco’s Industry Leading Virtualized Packet Core Solution to dynamically scale to support the dynamic Indonesia Mobile Data Growth. Read More »

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ACG Research says “Cisco Continues to grow Market Share Leadership in Mobility” – #1 in Mobile IP Infrastructure, Packet Core, Mobile Backhaul, and Mobile IP Core

Coming back from a world wind Mobile World Congress with a record breaking number of customer meetings, Cisco received some great news from ACG Research, Cisco continues to be the #1 provider of the Mobile IP Infrastructure Market Share with over 39%.

In 2014 the average smartphone data usage grew 45 percent. The average amount of traffic generated per smartphone in 2014 was 819 MB per month, up from 563 MB per month in 2013. With the worldwide smartphone market growing 28.2% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2014 (2014 Q4), with shipments of 377.5 million units, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. For the full year, the worldwide smartphone market shipped a total of Read More »

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Making sense of Service Provider Virtualization

nehib-1Guest blog by Greg Nehib, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

I like to think of virtualization as an expanded networking toolkit, providing us with additional options to get the job done. It’s almost like when cordless tools entered the consumer tool market. You could take the cordless tools anywhere and use them in new and exciting applications. But there was a key drawback that I’m sure you remember. The early cordless tools had a limited effective power range. Over the next decade or two, battery technology improved and there were fewer power related drawbacks to going cordless.

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A few similarities exist in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. I Read More »

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How Important are Physical Routers in the move toward Virtualization?

nehib-1Guest blog by Greg Nehib, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

How important are physical routers in the move toward virtualization?

My one word response would be “very”. But the longer version would start with “it depends”.

Here’s the longer version:

It depends on your perspective. I remember when the Cisco 12000 Series GSR was introduced in the late 90’s. It started an arms race that would last for over a decade. The popular comparison at the time was all about who had the biggest router, or “speeds and feeds” as we used to describe them. 2015 offers us a very different networking discussion. People that design and operate networks are more interested in programmability and virtualization (a.k.a. SDN (Software Defined Networks) and NFV(Network Functions Virtualization). From Frederic Trate’s blog on Application Engineered Routing, you can see why this level of control is such an interesting and important place to start the discussion.

I would argue that in terms of talking points, “speeds and feeds” have taken a back seat in network design. After all, a bunch of static ports and traffic-engineered tunnels don’t lead us to the flexibility and scale that we all seek – or can they? Here are some instances where physical routers are still Read More »

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