A few weeks back, I signed off from my old role and spoke of my transition into the big bet of mobility for Cisco. I’m happy to say that I’m squarely in my new seat and thankfully, it’s one that my predecessors have done a tremendous job at. The accelerated pace of investment and focus for Cisco in mobility is a major reason for my transition. This is a role that is to spearhead a company wide marketing effort around a slew of compelling new technologies that will come to market over the next few months. We have much to crow about at Cisco heading into MWC and I hope we’re able to credibly show our customers why Cisco is a transformational partner for their mobility needs.
The next few months will no doubt be filled with excitement but more importantly, the focus of my attention is to accelerate Cisco’s SP mobility offer to address customers’ monetization and optimization challenges. Starting this month our drum-beat begins.
Tags: mobility, murali nemani, Service Provider
By Steven Shepard, Contributing Columnist
A couple of weeks ago I was in the bustling metropolis of Stanton, Iowa (population: 714), one of the most charming towns I have ever had the pleasure to visit. It is the home town of Mrs. Olson, the iconic figure in Folger’s Coffee commercials — which is why their water towers look so unique (see the photo insert below).
I was working with an independent telephone company client, one of about 1,300 in the U.S. — 250 of which are in Iowa. These independents are typically smaller phone companies, often family-owned, and almost always technologically-advanced.
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Tags: agriculture, corn, food, GPS, Iowa, Service Provider, telecommunications, wireless
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:
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Tags: Long term evolution, LTE, LTE Development, LTE NA, LTE North America Award, Service Provider
To the 10,000 or so of you who joined us in Atlanta this week for the annual Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers Expo – thanks for participating in what was one of the more high-energy, momentous Expos we’ve seen in decades. Wow! What a great one this year.
Starting with the ending, really: On the last afternoon of the show, Steve Callahan, Senior Network Engineer for Time Warner Carolinas, earned the grand prize at the first annual “IP Challenge.” (It wasn’t explicitly because he had fans with handheld signs in the audience [see photo to the left] – Steve really did perform the series of router configurations with alacrity and grace – but it didn’t hurt.
Our overall Cable-Tec Expo 2011 observations: While in years past, engineering to-do lists and intentions were overshadowed by doom-and-gloom predictions of cord-cutters, over-the-top video interlopers, and similar perceived calamity, this year’s Expo attendees were in full-tilt “let’s build it” mode. The over-arching sentiment was that it’s time to auger in and get fully immersed in this overall transition to IP video. To that we say: Bring it!
In our booth, the two main areas of interest were the nuts-and-bolts details of how to get to “TV Anywhere,” as well as the key architectural elements that will enable the all-IP transition. Watch an unofficial “coffee clutch” video interview between our Mark Palazzo, VP/GM, Cable Access Business Unit, and industry technology columnist Leslie Ellis, about SCTE Expo trends. Read More »
Tags: cable-tec expo, ip challenge, scte, Service Provider, videoscape
In 1858, the USS Niagara departed from the town of Heart’s Content on Newfoundland’s Trinity Bay, to meet up with HMS Agamemnon somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The plan was to connect a cable that would enable telegraph communication between the continents.
I was puzzled when I first heard this story, thinking that in the days before GPS and satellite phones, wouldn’t it have been easier to just use one ship and avoid a mid-sea rendezvous? Steve Shepard explains the logic in episode 2.
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Tags: history, innovators, pioneers, Service Provider, telegraph, Transatlantic cable