Cisco asks the industry to think aggressively and to accept risks when it comes to 5G planning.
I was fortunate to attend the NGMN 5G Industry Conference in Frankfurt Germany March 24-25th. And while Frankfurt in March is a bit chilly for this Florida-boy, the conference was interesting and certainly well worth an investment of time. It was great to get together with over 300 people and to listen to a free exchange of ideas and views from the network operators, technology vendors and academia. Everyone was there for the common purpose to figure out what will 5G really be.
The NGMN is a network operator led organization that includes technology vendors and academia and takes an active role defining the requirements for next generation technology. They released their first of five white papers on 5G at this past MWC 2015. This initial white paper focused on use cases that illustrate requirements needed in 5G.
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Tags: 5G, Cisco, cto, mobile, mobility, MWC 2015, network operators, NFV/SDN, NGMN, Service Provider, SP Mobility
Recently, I have been reading about organizational evolution. There are some great articles and insights out there, but the common theme running through all of them is that we face an unpredictable future and we need to be agile.
The pace of change is accelerating, and the modern agile organization will need answers for three key questions:
- What type of technology is going to be required?
- How will IT be delivered, and by whom?
- Where do we fit in? Us, people.
The Internet of Everything will enable the next great wave of growth. The technology within this wave will connect people, process, data and things. So much value will be realized and this transition will rely on key underlying technology development around cloud, security, mobility and networking. Of course, there will be great products and services, but Read More »
Tags: cloud, collaboration, innovation, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, mobility, technology, unified communications, video
One of the well-received demonstrations that Cisco showed at MWC 2015 was: Cisco Internet of Everything: Solutions for SP Business Opportunity, aka the “Connected Bus Stop”. This demo prompted a lot of good discussion about what role Service Providers can play in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE). We summarized 4 areas for Service Providers to add value:
- Deliver Intelligent Connectivity over lower-cost, dynamically scalable virtualized networks
- Offer complete solutions and managed services in focused vertical segments
- Monetize new sources of analytics from aggregated and contextualized IoT data
- Provide provisioning, end-to-end device management, and added-value aligned to the business process productivity gains that customers seek from IoT.
Cisco’s approach to IoT encompasses an understanding of key business care-abouts and pain points, derived from our longstanding position as Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Meraki, Cisco’s IoT solutions, connected bus stop, intelligent connectivity, Internet of Everything, IoE, mobility, service providers, smart parking, virtualization, wi-fi
Have you ever walked into the office or perhaps an area in your home with your mobile phone and tried to make a call, only to have poor LTE/4G/3G signal strength keep your call from connecting? What did you do? Well if you’re like me, you probably wanted to throw your phone and revert back to the reliable, old land line. What if, instead of relying on the signal strength of your mobile service provider, you were to make voice calls over your home or office Wi-Fi network?
Mobile network traffic is growing exponentially, and service providers must manage their networks efficiently to meet Read More »
Tags: mobile network operator, mobile subscribers, mobility, Service Provider, VoWifi, wifi
South Island School in Hong Kong is made up of students from around the world, with 1,400 students from over 35 countries. One value that sets the school apart is its commitment to using technology in the classroom. For instance, every student has a laptop that they use to access e-books, watch educational videos, and complete homework assignments. Some exams are even taken digitally.
With wireless devices used daily by every student and faculty member, a stable network connection is almost as important as pencil and paper in classrooms. South Island School’s existing Cisco network had reached end of life, and the school needed to refresh the infrastructure with a network that could meet bandwidth needs for years to come.
“We looked at other vendors, but we were extremely impressed with how the existing Cisco equipment performed over the years,” says Victor Alamo, ICT manager at South Island Schools. “By upgrading to the latest Cisco access points and switches, we’d have an infrastructure that would keep up with our needs.” Read More »
Tags: Aironet 3702 Access Points, Catalyst 3850, Catalyst 4507E, Cisco Prime Infrastructure, mobility, Supervisor Engine 8-E, wireless