It’s a new world out there for all the service providers I get to talk with globally. Advances in technology are not only changing their customers’ behaviors, but they’re also disrupting established industries and business models. The result is a wealth of new opportunities—in existing markets and in new ones, within their footprint and beyond.
To compete in these markets, speed is everything. Whether you want to roll out new content, expand geographically, introduce new applications, or develop a business model for a new customer segment, you need to act fast. Success will be measured by how fast you can enter a market, establish a leadership position, and capture improved profitability early on.
You can’t afford to stand still.
You need to continue to innovate, dream up new things, and get them to your customers quickly. It’s OK if every effort isn’t successful. Quickly move on and repurpose any technology investments you may have made.
What if you get a little behind? You could find that much of what you hoped to gain is no longer available, attractive, or what you thought it would be. But don’t stop your innovation engine. Speed it up. If you’re not sure how, get a trusted partner.
What stands in your way?
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Tags: deutsche telekom, NFV, SDN, Service Provider
As I reflected on a very memorable Mobile World Congress 2015 during the plane ride home from Barcelona a few days ago, it became clear that the transformation Cisco has been seeing in the telecommunications service provider industry is now a global movement.
It’s not just happening in Europe, or Latin America, or Asia. It’s quite literally everywhere.
“Transformation through Innovation” was Cisco’s theme for this year’s Mobile World Congress, and at heart of our service provider strategy. It’s quite clear we’re onto something.
In countless conversations last week with leaders of forward-thinking global service providers in Barcelona, I heard two familiar themes over and over again –“Transformation and Innovation.” They’re all seeking to transform their architectures and businesses – and ultimately their customers’ experiences – to capture new opportunities in the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. In fact, the IoE – the networked connection of people, processes, data and things – is expected to create a $1.7 trillion market opportunity for service providers over the next decade.
With large networks that deliver mobile, video, collaboration, and other offerings to individual subscribers and businesses of all sizes, service providers are in an enviable position, sitting at the center of the IoE. They alone have the unique opportunity to take advantage of all kinds of new IoE connection types, and integrating them to deliver rich new applications, services and experiences.
What a truly exciting time to be in this industry!
That said, existing operational complexity can stifle service providers’ abilities to reduce costs and become more agile in bringing new capabilities to market. The reality is, today most new applications and services take months to roll out. If this pace does not rapidly accelerate, the entire industry will be left behind.
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Tags: AT&T, Cisco, deutsche telekom, DT, EE of the UK, IoE, Kelly Ahuja, mobile world congress, mobility iq, mwc, telecom italia, telefonica, telstra, vodafone
Thirty years ago, two engineers – Cisco’s founders – solved a connectivity problem between two network islands on the Stanford University campus, and paved the way for three dramatic decades of Internet-driven innovation.
Today, there’s hardly an aspect of our lives that isn’t touched by the Internet. For large and mid-size enterprises, government and education, the Internet has forced major transitions and none has been more transformative than cloud.
Organizations are adopting cloud in all its forms – infrastructure-as-a-service to solve their workload requirements, software-as-a-service for new application needs – and they are leveraging the cloud to create new product and service innovations with mobile, collaboration and analytics solutions. According to industry analysts, the cloud market will top $144 billion in 2016 and has more than doubled since 2012. (Source: Cisco Market Estimates, July 2014)
The impact of cloud is unquestionable. Our customers and partners know they can leverage the cloud to fuel top-line growth by improving their business agility and reach, and by enabling new product service innovation for their customers and citizens. They also recognize that cloud can improve their bottom-line economics, foster innovation and drive economic growth and productivity.
But cloud is presenting as many challenges for IT departments and cloud service providers as it is opportunities.
Today, the lack of ability to connect public clouds, and to move workloads and associated policies between clouds, coupled with an inability to manage public and private clouds together as a single capability, prevents IT organizations from buying cloud services from any vendor they choose and managing these services as if they were part of their extended private cloud.
IT departments also need to enable business globally while operating within the constraints of national and regional regulations governing data privacy, security and data sovereignty. Today’s largely global (but not local) cloud solutions don’t provide this either.
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Tags: BT, Cisco, Cisco cloud, cloud, deutsche telekom, Equinix, InterCloud, rob lloyd
In Sao Paulo, GVT TV needed a way to protect its satellite-delivered video content.
In New Delhi, direct broadcast satellite provider Tata Sky needed a way to outfit its customers to stream video to IP-connected screens.
In Mexico, Megacable — the first in the country to launch broadband Internet over cable, needed to build the back-end video acquisition and distribution for an IP-based on-demand service to tablets and connected devices.
And in Germany, Deutsche Telekom needed a better view into its CDN (content delivery network), and a way to bridge into its “Entertain To Go” package of TV Everywhere content.
In all four cases, core components of Cisco’s Videoscape portfolio rose to the challenge: GTV TV selected our Videoscape VideoGuard® Smart Cards. GVT’s service footprint spans 146 cities in Brazil, and expanding.
Tata Sky deployed our Videoscape Video Everywhere technology — a Read More »
Tags: cable, cdn, deutsche telekom, GVT TV, megacable, Service Provider, Tata Sky, videoscape
Yesterday, Bayer 04 Leverkeusen announced that they will work with Deutsche Telekom and Cisco to install Cisco Connected Sports solutions – StadiumVision, Connected Stadium Wi-Fi and StadiumVision Mobile, to make BayArena the most technologically advanced football stadium in Germany.
In BayArena, video and mobility offerings will be core to delivering one the most connected and interactive fan experiences in international football, and all of sports. StadiumVision will centrally manage high definition video and digital content delivery to approximately 500 high-definition video displays, Connected Stadium Wi-Fi will give thousands of fans reliable and fast access to the Internet, and StadiumVision Mobile will deliver live video to those connected fans’ mobile devices, through the planned Bayer 04 app.
Wolfgang Holzhaeuser, Bayer 04’s managing director, stated, “The project heralds a new dimension in communication between the club and its fans – one that will boost fan loyalty and offer more information and entertainment. We’re blazing a trail for the Bundesliga.”
Bayer 04 is leading the way for sports venues in Germany, and embody what Rob Lloyd, Cisco President, Development and Sales, said recently; “leaders recognize the new fan experience must be a connected one, capable of delivering new experiences and enabling fans to use their personal mobile devices to interact at all times.”
This next generation fan experience is coming to BayArena, and fans attending Bayer 04 Leverkeusen games. It is immersive, exciting, and just the beginning. As Cisco CEO John Chambers wrote, we are looking ahead to the possibilities for sports and entertainment as part of the Internet of Everything – the convergence of data, people, and things.
StadiumVision Mobile is the perfect example of what the new fan experience will look like. This video from Fast Company showcases how the solution allows fans to connect to the action through their personal mobile device at Barclays Center during Brooklyn Nets games.
At Cisco we are committed to delivering for leagues, venues, teams, and ultimately the fans. Because we are fans; and we want this experience at the games we attend. Bayer Leverkusen and Deutsche Telekom are helping make this a reality in Germany.
Left to Right: Dirk Backofen, Deutsche Telekom; Wolfgang Holzhaeuser, Bayer 04 Leverkusen; and Michael Ganser, Cisco; at the press conference announcing the installation of Cisco Connected Sports Solutions at BayArena.
Tags: Bayer Leverkeusen, Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi, Cisco Sports & Entertaiment, Cisco stadiumvision, Cisco StadiumVision Mobile, deutsche telekom, john chambers, rob lloyd