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MSE 10 at Mobile World Congress 2015

Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) solution employs data from the Wi-Fi network to generate information about devices visiting a venue, which in turn can be used by businesses to gain greater insight into the behavior of their customers and improve customer experience.  At the center of the CMX product is the Mobility Service Engine (MSE), version 10 of which was announced at Cisco Live! Milan.

Mobile World Congress 2015 was another great opportunity to demonstrate the scale at which MSE 10 can now operate. The MSE 10 installation for MWC 2015 was entirely cloud-based and the week’s visitor data was captured using only a single box setup.

In the this blog, we’ll show how MSE 10 was used to generate custom reports during the event to give some interesting insights into how the conference unfolded.

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Day 1 of MWC begins at 9:00am, when the main doors open for the first time. People begin arriving well before then and waited patiently to be allowed into the halls.  We were able to witness this using a custom report focused on the registration area showing a graph of the number of visitors increasing as opening time approached (Figure 1)

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This was also reflected in the heat map report, where a bright red spot can be observed representing the increasing number of visitors waiting to gain entrance (Figure 2) Read More »

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Reflections on Mobile World Congress 2015: Transformation Through Innovation

As I reflected on a very memorable Mobile World Congress 2015 during the plane ride home from Barcelona a few days ago, it became clear that the transformation Cisco has been seeing in the telecommunications service provider industry is now a global movement.

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It’s not just happening in Europe, or Latin America, or Asia. It’s quite literally everywhere.

“Transformation through Innovation” was Cisco’s theme for this year’s Mobile World Congress, and at heart of our service provider strategy. It’s quite clear we’re onto something.

In countless conversations last week with leaders of forward-thinking global service providers in Barcelona, I heard two familiar themes over and over again –“Transformation and Innovation.” They’re all seeking to transform their architectures and businesses – and ultimately their customers’ experiences – to capture new opportunities in the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. In fact, the IoE – the networked connection of people, processes, data and things – is expected to create a $1.7 trillion market opportunity for service providers over the next decade.

With large networks that deliver mobile, video, collaboration, and other offerings to individual subscribers and businesses of all sizes, service providers are in an enviable position, sitting at the center of the IoE. They alone have the unique opportunity to take advantage of all kinds of new IoE connection types, and integrating them to deliver rich new applications, services and experiences.

What a truly exciting time to be in this industry!

That said, existing operational complexity can stifle service providers’ abilities to reduce costs and become more agile in bringing new capabilities to market. The reality is, today most new applications and services take months to roll out. If this pace does not rapidly accelerate, the entire industry will be left behind.

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Managed Services Take Center Stage at MWC: DT, Telecom Italia and Telstra Announce New Services with Cisco

Mobile World Congress isn’t just about mobility anymore.

In fact, this year’s convention, which features everything under the sun that connects to a network and the underlying networking technology itself, is a clear indicator that Cisco’s vision for an Internet of Everything (IoE) world is not far off.

One area of focus this year is the fast-growing managed network and communication services market, which is expected to grow to $62 billion dollars by 2018. Savvy service providers like Telecom Italia, Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Telstra are leveraging virtualization technology to efficiently launch new revenue-generating services to their small- and medium-sized business customers.

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Telecom Italia and Cisco announced that Telecom Italia intends to deliver new Cisco-enabled managed business services, including Cisco Meraki, throughout Italy as part of its innovative LAN management offering.


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Telefónica and Cisco Personalize the Consumer Experience at Mobile World Congress

On March 2 at Mobile World Congress, Robert Franks, Managing Director, Digital Commerce at Telefónica UK and Cisco’s Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Service Provider Business, Products & Solutions, had a standing-room only crowd as part of the “Personalizing the Consumer Experience” keynote.

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During their session, they emphasized how they could understand the consumer as a digital stream of information, not simply isolated pieces of information.  That stream of information, combined with in-person location details, can help both service providers and enterprises improve the experience for their consumer customers.  Both Kelly and Robert recognized that the data has always been available, but it wasn’t easily accessible.  Now Telefónica and Cisco are working together to find ways to use that information to provide a better experience for consumers.

Kelly summarized it well by stating that “personalization is going to be the key to determine the consumer experience.”  Audience members agreed with what was said in real-time tweets.

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Get the Big Picture with Cisco Mobility IQ

We’re here in Barcelona for the opening of Mobile World Congress 2015, and the energy is palpable. I have to say I’m pretty excited myself as Cisco unveils a new way of doing business with our service provider customers: Cisco Mobility IQ. Mobility IQ changes the conversation from what the network does, to what value it can create. It provides real-time intelligence for network operations, marketing and business development across Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE networks. By giving providers visual network knowledge for driving new business, you can monetize your network in new ways.

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When I say it changes the conversation, this is not marketing hype. Over the past few months I’ve been involved in these conversations with ten pilot customers. In one example we worked with an operator to estimate the ROI on running Mobility IQ on their existing network. We looked at results over a five year period and found Read More »

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