Earlier this week I came across a great bit of history, thanks to All Things Digital. It was a look back at an AT&T campaign from 1993, featuring a remarkable voiceover by Tom Selleck. What made it so remarkable was that Selleck was positing about futuristic capabilities that in the past 18 years have all come to be—thanks to the power of innovation.
If you haven’t seen the spots, here’s a list of the rundowns of “Have you ever?…” that were included in the campaign.
- …Borrowed a book from a thousand miles away
- …Crossed the country without stopping for directions
- …Sent someone a fax from the beach
- …Paid a toll, without slowing down
- …Bought a concert ticket from a cash machine
- …Tucked your baby in from a phone booth
- …Opened doors with the sound of your voice
- …Carried your medical history in your wallet
- …Attended a meeting in your bare feet
- …Watched the movie you wanted to, the minute you wanted to
- …Learned special things from faraway places
What struck me about these predictions is that Cisco has really been at the forefront of delivering this stuff. And with AT&T as a valued partner, we’ve nailed what began as pure imagination—not a bad track record from 1993 to 2011.
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Tags: AT&T, future, innovation, tom selleck
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
Municipalities around the world have been targeting broadband deployment, with varying degrees of success, as noted in our recent editorial, Intelligent Communities: A Smart Choice? The biggest U.S. city of all, New York, has committed extensive resources to make its broadband deployment a huge economic success, focusing on some traditional areas — government information, business support — and also some non-traditional areas.
Much of the program, dubbed NYC Digital, mirrors what many municipalities have already done. It includes deploying broadband access throughout the five boroughs to improve digital capabilities for industry, citizens, educational institutions, and city government itself. It also includes the traditional feature of giving citizens electronic access to government services — for example, permits, public records, and street cleaning schedules.
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Tags: AT&T, broadband, government, ICT, New York City, Smart+Connected Communities, wi-fi
2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet. As seen by overwhelming consumer demand, the trend that started in 2010 continues to rapidly gain momentum. More and more people see value in the advanced video and collaboration capabilities combined with the mobility that tablets offer.
Within the enterprise, mobile tablets are positioned to be a critical part of a company’s suite of collaboration and communications tools. Organizations can leverage the unified communications and collaboration capabilities of the tablet to enhance productivity for an increasingly mobile workforce. Cisco saw the power of this tool and responded with the release of the first mobile tablet made specifically for businesses, the Cisco Cius™.
Today, May 11, AT&T announced plans to offer the Cisco Cius to its business customers, and Cisco expects the Cius to be available for AT&T’s HSPA+ network in the fall of 2011. The purpose-built Cius delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications, including full interoperability with Cisco TelePresence®. The Cius will move easily between wired connectivity to Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks, including AT&T’s HSPA+ network.
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Tags: 4G, 4G network, AT&T, Cius, collaboration, enterprise mobility, HSPA+, mobile tablet, network infrastructure, Service Provider, tablet, unified communications, video
This Wednesday, April 13, at 2:00pm PDT, singer and songwriter Jewel will be performing a solo, acoustic set, live, to attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters convention, in Las Vegas. And to viewers in Chicago, and Dallas, and New York. And in Atlanta, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Live simulcast? Not really. More, the show is another example of how Cisco TelePresence technology and intelligent networking are bringing people together – audiences and artists, in this case – through video. It’s a collaboration between us (for the TelePresence components), AT&T (for intelligent TelePresence connectivity) and Marriott (which operates TelePresence viewing rooms throughout the world.)
Here’s how it works: Jewel sings, in our San Jose TV studio. Video capture moves through two TelePresence codecs, then through AT&T TelePresence Bridges, to link to the multiple receive sites. Simultaneously, the video moves through a Ustream encoder, for live streaming on the Web and any type of display screen.
Those of you who know Jewel know that she doesn’t believe in a set list of songs, performed in sequential order. Rather, and from her childhood experiences performing on the road with her father, she prefers to read her audiences – to feel them out for the right song mix.
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Tags: AT&T, concert, Jewel, marriott, nab, national association of broadcasters, Service Provider, TelePresence, ustream
Can you believe it? It’s been one year since we launched the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System! I’m very pleased that the CRS-3 adoption rate is four times faster than the original CRS-1 series. In just a year, 80 service provider customers in more than 30 countries are deploying the platform – a true testament to the scalability and sustainability of the architecture.
Further, service provider customers across the world like AT&T, Comcast, Turkcell in the Middle East, Main One in West Africa, and Hong Kong Broadband in East Asia, among others, are unanimous about the CRS platform increasing the relevance of the network by enabling fixed-mobile convergence, value-added services and consumer broadband. We appreciate the vision and innovation demonstrated by our customers as they incorporate the CRS-3 platform into their next-generation networks.
The strong market response to the CRS-3 validates our belief that this platform is the foundation for the next-generation Internet. Unlike competitive offerings that require refreshers, upgrades or even full replacements within just a few years, the Cisco CRS platform is designed to seamlessly accommodate the extraordinary growth of video traffic, mobile devices and new online services through this decade and beyond, delivering unprecedented investment protection.
While others in the industry make promises of 100G, we are shipping more capacity than all of our competition combined. The CRS-3 and IOS XR engineering teams are bringing to market truly world class innovations in all aspects of design, development and delivery. I am very proud of the CRS development team.
See our press release on CRS-3 global expansion and new capabilities.
Tags: 100G, AT&T, comcast, CRS-3, hong kong broadband, main one, turkcell, video