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Intelligent Communities: a Smart Choice?

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

We talk a lot about how broadband could boost a nation's economic competitiveness, but it's equally true that broadband can raise the future prospects of cities and towns as well.

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York City-based group "dedicated to economic growth in the broadband community for communities large and small," has been designating seven "intelligent communities of the year" since 2002. Winners since that year have been on every settled continent except Africa, and include names you might expect (Seoul, South Korea) and names you wouldn't (Tallinn, Estonia).

Earlier in June, it named this year's award winners. On the list were two previous winners -- Eindhoven and Issy-les-Moulineux, France -- and some surprises, including Chattanooga, Tennessee and Dublin, Ohio.

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Danish Network Operator Nianet Adds Video Conferencing via Cloud

With NAB in full swing this week, everyone is talking about delivering video services. Makes it a good time to discuss how Denmark - Nianet fiber networkCopenhagen (Denmark) based service provider Nianet has combined an extensive fiber deployment (100K+ km ) with a new investment in their IP network to offer video conferencing as a cloud service to business customers. For the small and medium sized business owner, you get big business productivity. Lease video conferencing on demand!

Nianet, which offers high-speed fiber communications throughout Denmark also distributes content from its sister company Waoo. They are now seeing the impact of companies increasingly producing their own video content, and therefore demanding faster and more symmetrical high speed data connections. The combination of fiber and high performance routers results in much faster speeds on both up and downstream.

"Businesses have really taken video communication as an alternative to physical meetings, and the technology is now spreading also from dedicated telepresence rooms for desktops and mobile devices. This places greater demands on both up and downstream, and Nianet has chosen to expand its backbone with twelve Cisco ASR 9000 routers to meet the increasing traffic and quality needs.

We also offer video conferencing as a cloud service to companies that want to begin with HD video communications. It therefore becomes easier to implement a full videoconferencing setup since we provide the server space, management software and plenty of bandwidth," says Rasmus Helmich, CEO of Nianet.

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