By Jim O’Leary, Cisco Service Provider Mobility Solutions Marketing Manager
The leaves have turned color and are falling quickly here in New England, the days are getting shorter, and the end of 2011 is fast approaching. But one shining light that occurred last week at LTE North America in Dallas, Texas was Cisco Systems’ Consulting Engineer Aeneas Dodd-Noble receiving the LTE North America Award for Individual Contribution to LTE Development. This industry recognition was a great acknowledgment of Aeneas’ dedication to working with Verizon Wireless on their LTE network development and deployment. Aeneas noted that it is really recognition of his team and Cisco’s investment in our people, ingenuity, and leadership on intelligent LTE solutions.
Aeneas talks about LTE deployment at Verizon Wireless in the following video:
Or, perhaps more accurately, Canadian mobile operators have been going for Cisco. To wit:
In one example, Shaw Communicationswill deploy an extensive, advanced Wi-Fi network in Western Canada to provide broadband wireless access. The next-generation network will enable Shaw customers to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices like tablets, mobile phones and computers at thousands of Wi-Fi access points.
Shaw Communications also announced that it will conduct a technical trial of HotSpot 2.0 in conjunction with Cisco, Shaw’s Wi-Fi technology partner. HotSpot 2.0 will represent a significant improvement in Wi-Fi accessibility and security.
In addition, Bell Mobilityhas selected the Cisco ASR 5000 platform for delivering 4G and LTE mobile services in its next-generation wireless network. The ASR 5000 will form the foundation of the packet core for Bell Mobility’s LTE network, delivering higher bandwidth and greater intelligence for faster mobile Internet services and improved user experiences.
Designated as a 4G mobile specification, LTE is designed to provide multi-megabit bandwidth, more efficient use of radio networks, latency reduction and improved mobility. LTE aims to enhance user interaction with the network and further drive demand for mobile multimedia services.
This past week, I attended the grand opening celebration of Verizon Wireless’ Innovation Center in Waltham, MA. The center, which brings together companies and entrepreneurs alike, is designed to provide a collaborative, hands-on workspace to rapidly develop innovative products and services that leverage 4G LTE technology.
The grand opening was an exciting event and the center was filled with innovative demos and technology tours featuring all types of LTE connected innovations -- from the connected home, connected car, gaming, digital juke box, video and even future innovations such as a connected bike and an LTE-connected robot.
Cisco is a Premier Participant and we have been involved since day one. We are pleased to have provided many man-hours of expert resources to deploy Cisco Mobile Internet solutions to help Verizon Wireless establish this unique center of excellence for all things LTE.
At the center, we have many demonstrations and technologies on display including Cisco Mobile Videoscape, the Cisco Cius enterprise tablet supporting 3G and 4G LTE, Cisco TelePresense, LTE-Connected Enterprise Branch, LTE-enabled Digital Media Signage and Cisco RAN Backhaul and LTE Evolved Packet Core solutions. We’re pleased to also provide the Evolved Packet Core for the 4G LTE Innovation Center lab network - identical to the commercial network - for use by the ecosystem of technology developers accessing the center’s technical and business development resources.
Howard’s recent post on the potential for broadband to reshape rural areas raised some interesting issues, and generated a lot of discussion. For me though, the biggest question it raised was how service providers will actually make it work. How can they deliver broadband services to vast, sparsely populated regions in a way that makes sense economically?
As we contemplate the arrival of 4th-Generation mobile wireless capabilities in the form of the LTE standard, I’m going to take us back in time to reflect on an unlikely and intriguing true story from the archives of radio communication history.
Most of us in the telecom industry know that there has been something of a spirited competition that’s been going on for some time between two very capable wireless technologies — CDMA and GSM.
GSM is far more widely deployed than CDMA – the former is widely considered to be a de facto global standard. Whereas CDMA is mostly limited to the U.S. and Canada, along with a few deployments in Asia. Both mobile radio standards are used to establish and manage the wireless connection between a mobile device and the nearest cell tower.