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Wireless Network Capacity: the Never-Ending Quest

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

For quite a few years, experts within the wireless communications industry have been expressing concern about the potential for running out of wireless network capacity. Moreover, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski noted the ongoing challenges in his 2009 address at CTIA.

In July, the Fortune article, Spectrum Squeeze: The Battle for Bandwidth, envisioned a potential fight for wireless bandwidth frequencies between television networks and telecom service providers. In Canada, earlier in September, Shaw Communications announced it would use Wi-Fi as its next-generation wireless network of choice — in anticipation of future customer demand.

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In Between the Numbers: The value of m-commerce: Is it where we think?

 Thinking today about mobility – cell phones, smartphones, tablets – and where and when it’ll be changing the rules of retail.

 Forrester made a solid case this June that it won’t be as a transaction tool.   They – and eMarketer.com – expect M-commerce to be only 7% of total E-commerce revenue by 2016, which means M-com will total only 1% of retail merchandise purchase market.

 Gartner made the case this May (echoed by Forrester) that it won’t be as an electronic wallet – at least not until 2015 and beyond.  Despite the fact that some 40-50 NFC-enabled smart phones will be shipped this year, the complexities of collaboration between service providers, financial institutions, retailers, and standards bodies is rendering progress slow and tortuous. (To see a preview, rewind to the past decade’s EPC-RFID efforts.)

 And yet: The future of the personal communication and computing is increasingly mobile, and that means retailers are looking at a potential opportunity.

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Essential Tips for Working Remotely: Expert Phil Montero Provides Insight and Advice

Working from home is more prevalent and more widely accepted than ever. With 26.2 million teleworkers in the U.S. in 2010, the virtual workforce is expected to grow in coming years.

In a survey of senior leaders and hiring managers of Fortune 500 companies with at least 5,000 employees, more than half believe the virtual workforce will steadily or greatly increase at their company (see more amazing stats on this Teleworking infographic). If you are part of the teleworkforce, there are things you need to know to succeed. The free webinar is called Three Secrets to Turning Your Office into The Anywhere Office.

Register now for this event.

Business as usual no longer involves working in a centralized office at set times. Whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, telecommuter or remote worker, modern workflow is far more dynamic and individual. There are Read More »

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Bringing Cisco’s Network Virtualization (nV) Technology to Mobile Networks

The Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing system has gone mobile.

Cisco announced that it is bringing its nV (Network Virtualization) technology to mobile networks and unveiled three powerful new platforms for the ASR 9000 family:

  • ASR 901 cell site router, a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites;
  • ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router, a compact Ethernet access device for business, residential, and mobile applications; and
  • ASR 9901 small edge router, a smaller version of the ASR 9000 for low-capacity deployments.

Benefits include:

  • Simplified Network Operations: The ASR 9000 system uses Cisco nV (network virtualization) technology to lower operating costs by up to 69% and capital expense costs by up to 67% (when compared with competing edge platforms). 
  • Simplified IPv6 Migrations: Cisco delivers on its strategy of building IPv6 next-generation networks to simplify the design, deployment and management of services.
  • Simplified Service Management: Plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime, cost-effective configurations and ease of deployment reduce the need for costly on-site setup, support and maintenance, while providing hardware and software savings.

nV technology capabilities (unveiled June 7) now extend all the way to the access layer to help operators further optimize operations and maximize the cost benefits of virtualized infrastructures.  nV technology also provides topology-, place- and capability-agnostic resource consolidation and virtualization for simplified operations, increased network capacity and accelerated IPv6 services. Operators can deploy nV technology with a simple software upgrade.

These innovative solutions deliver on the promise of the Cisco MOVE (Monetization, Optimization, Video Experience) strategic framework, which helps operators better manage, enhance and profit from the rapidly growing volume of Internet traffic and the proliferation of connected devices.

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Today’s Solution for Continuous Mobility

The Cisco vision of the mobile network of the future is one that continuously adapts, enabling people to connect and communicate how, when, and where they need to, without relying on pre-defined fixed infrastructure. This is exemplified by the Cisco Mobile Ready Net solution architecture.

In a split-second world where the stakes can be extremely high, mobile users are working beyond the boundaries of traditional networks. People who perform vital functions like police officers, first responders and firefighters, defense and military personnel managing disaster recovery or running planes, trains or ships must be able to connect, collaborate and share information in any format, from anywhere at anytime with no stopping to set-up a network.

The 5900 Series Embedded Services Routers fit perfectly into this solution by providing highly secure data, voice, and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless links. That is why it is a pleasure to announce updates to the 5940 Embedded Services Router and the launch of the 5915 Embedded Services Router today!

Watch below as Brad Boston, senior vice president, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group discusses the enhancements and launch and be sure to visit http://www.cisco.com/go/5900 for additional information!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQUwDmkF1cE

Press Release: Cisco Extends Mobile Networking Portfolio for Military, Public Services and Transportation Personnel Operating on the Go

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