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Probing Deeper into Minority Broadband Usage

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By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

John Horrigan spends a lot of time worrying about the digital divide – the chasm that divides certain demographic sectors when it comes to accessing information, transacting business, and interacting with government.

I wrote about this last year in Broadband: Exploring The Demographic Patterns, but Horrigan has dug a little deeper, both in his former position with Pew Internet Research and his current position as vice-president and director of the Media and Technology Institute at Washington, D.C.’s Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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Mobile World Congress 2013: Coping with Exploding Data Demand

A dominant theme for the mobile networking industry at this year’s Mobile World Congress was how to cope with exploding demand for mobile data. Part of the answer is new technology but part is better spectrum policy.

Network operators today are facing a stiff challenge to expand infrastructure to keep pace with data traffic growth as more consumers stream HD video on their mobile devices and businesses employ collaboration tools to increase productivity.  As a result, service providers are working harder than ever to manage their networks and scarce spectrum by deploying high quality small cell Wi-Fi in combination with traditional macro cell base stations. This is the “heterogenous network” or Het Net.

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Cisco Connected Industries at Hannover Messe! Hannover, Germany, 8-12 April, 2013

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Internet of Things is a hot topic this year, and the HANNOVER MESSE 2013 show is no exception.  This year’s theme, “Integrated Industry” focuses on the growing integration of all areas of industry:  “Machines, industrial equipment, work pieces and system components will soon be capable of exchanging data in real-time.”Hannover Picture

Join Cisco at Hannover Messe 2013 !!  Our booth is located in Hall 8, Stand D14.  At last year’s Hannover Show Cisco launched The Connected Industry Group (CIG)  and this year we will showcase how our Cisco Industrial Smart Solution’s end-to end architecture, and ruggedized product portfolio enables the “Integrated Industry” by delivering value throughout the entire manufacturing value chain.

Our  industrial hardware will be on static display allowing customers to “touch and feel” all models of the Industrial Ethernet portfolio:  IE3000IE2000IE3010, C819AIR1552, ESR5915ESR5940819 M2M router. We will showcase how Power over Ethernet (PoE) for our IE 2k/3k switches and Network Address Translation for our IE2K switch will help drive the Internet of Things (IoT) in industrial applications.

Learn how the Cisco Industrial Smart Solution can provide the following operational network benefits:
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Move Over SDN – NFV Taking the Spotlight

Energetic debates of what SDN is and the expanding scope of what it can do for our customers continue to race along in a chaotic frenzy. In addition, the overall SDN market is somewhat fragmented in terms of both vendor positioning and marketing.  Collectively, the conversation really comes down to improving business agility and the efficiencies gained in bringing new services to market. Essentially, the goal is to enable operators to make their networks and services go much faster.

While software defined networking (SDN) technologies continue to drive significant entropy in our industry, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) recently rose up and became a key focus of many discussions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Read More »

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Wi-Fi: From ‘Poor Cousin’ to Preferred Partner

For much of Wi-Fi’s history, technologists and mobile industry executives viewed it as the “poor cousin” to licensed mobile communications. Today, all that is changing with the explosive demand for mobile data, the proliferation of new and powerful devices, and shifts in customer behavior and usage.  Increasingly, Wi-Fi is seen by technologists and consumers alike as a partner to licensed mobile, enabling expanded wireless access.

Based on research and engagements with leading operators throughout the globe, the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group has identified six important trends that we believe are redefining this new world of Wi-Fi:

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