By David Alsobrook , Director of Business Development, Connected Home Solutions, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group
It’s a big day here at Cisco (and it’s not just because it’s Halloween and there are bowls of candy everywhere…!)
Today, we go to market with AT&T with an industry first: IPTV set-tops equipped with video-optimized Wi-Fi. AT&T calls it the “AT&T U-verse TV Wireless Receiver” — a first-ever way to arrange your TV to go with your life, furniture, and living environment.
Guests for the weekend? Move the TV to the guest room. Wish you could have three TVs to follow this weekend’s games? Go for it. With this no new wires solution, the “plumbing” is no longer an issue.
We Cisco people call it our ISB7005 wireless set-top box and our VEN401 wireless access point. One is a set-top that can be located anywhere in the house; the other is a video-optimized wireless access point. Read More »
Tags: AT&T, dvr, isb7005, Service Provider, stb, tv, u-verse tv wireless receiver, ven401, videoscape, wireless receiver
Hockey, bacon, and Neil Young – some of the best things in life do indeed come from Canada. (Actually I think those of the swine persuasion may disagree on the bacon.) Once again our neighbors to the north are leading the way with next-generation mobile broadband.
As announced yesterday, Shaw Communications will conduct a technical trial of HotSpot 2.0 using Cisco’s Service Provider Wi-Fi solution. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Hotspot, mobile broadband, mobile internet, mobility, Service Provider, Shaw, wi-fi
To clarify, it’s actually the interest in sharks that drives mobile device traffic – not the beasts themselves. Although sharks are some of the planet’s most mobile creatures, they lag in spending on tech gadgets due to a lack in household income and thumbs.
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Tags: Cisco, Connecticut, facebook, fish, four square, iPad, iphone, jelly fish, maritime aquarium, mobile, Norwalk, Service Provider, sharks, Smart phone, social media, turtles, twitter
Judging from the buzz at this year’s CDN World Summit, CDN federations are a hot topic—and not just because they were the focus of my keynote. In short, the industry has moved beyond “if” and is now talking about “when” and “how.” This is good news because I believe CDN federations will play an important role in creating new opportunities for service providers to monetize their services.
As consumers demand greater amounts of high-quality content for their in-home and mobile devices, service providers (SPs) are finding it difficult to increase revenues while containing costs. In response, many SPs have implemented their own CDNs to reduce content-transport costs and improve the quality of content delivery to customers. While this approach has helped, results have been limited. Read More »
Tags: CDN federations, cdn world summit, Cisco, Cisco IBSG, Content delivery networks, ietf, internet engineering task force, Service Provider, SP
This is my last blog. Well, last blog as a guy focused on the video service provider segment. A few weeks ago, I accepted a role within Cisco to lead our Service Provider Mobility marketing efforts for our rapidly growing mobility business.
Almost immediately upon telling people of my move, the ribbing began: “Challenge junkie!” “You just can’t get enough, can you?” And so on.
I suppose it’s true. I spent the last four years helping to craft a vision and product portfolio for IP video. First, we called it “3rd wave of Video”, knowing we were onto something big.
When we finally got our arms and our engineering resources around it, we gave birth to something magical that we call “Videoscape.” It’s an umbrella term for everything that’s required to successfully transition to IP video – from Media Data Centers, to CDNs, to gateways, and everything in between.
Last week, in fact, we strengthened that portfolio even more with our acquisition of BNI Video – a group of entrenched cable veterans who will significantly augment our ability to provide CDN analytics, as well as session and process management for end points seeking IP video.
So, it’s an exciting time to be transitioning, and I remain fully and enthusiastically committed to those budding realities.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about my colleague Scott Puopolo, who will present at the CDN World Summit in London. In his keynote, Scott will give a detailed look at a first-ever pilot of an open CDN federation trial that British Telecom, KDDI, Orange, SFR and Telecom Italia participated; we anticipate more service providers to join the effort within the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, and along the same lines, our own François Le Faucheur took the initiative to volunteer his time and efforts as co-chair of a new IETF working group, the CDN Interconnect (CDNI), to flesh out the critical technology components and direction for federated CDNs. (Well done, Francois!). You can find a recent post by Francois on his IETF standards work here.
Federated CDNs optimized for video are important because of the explosion in IP devices capable of displaying video, and the corresponding tsunami of video traffic flowing into those devices. Service provider CDNs fulfill a unique role in enabling a high QoE for rich media services on a global footprint , but they’ll not go far enough if they’re not interconnected.
This is all about creating a market, and it’s happening. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the critical enabler in all of this – our Cisco CDS, as part of the Videoscape portfolio, which is comprised of both a business and technology architecture for IP video to flourish. In other words, it’s not just a product play.
This is why you won’t want to miss that keynote. It’s an exciting (understatement) and important milestone in the migration to all-IP, in general, and IP video, in specific. For me, it’s a validation of the work we’ve done for so long to advance the B2B2C promise of Videoscape. Happy trails!
Tags: cdn, cdn federation, cdn interconnect, cdn world summit, cdni, Cisco IBSG, content delivery network, scott puopolo, Service Provider, videoscape