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Good Things Come in Threes: At Least in Mobile Packet Core

Gartner Research Magic Quadrant shines it’s Magic on Cisco

So there is an old adage “bad news always comes in threes”. Well we just received our third very positive analyst report for the Cisco Mobile Packet Core for Q4 2014 and if this is bad luck then we are looking for more of it. Over the past several weeks we have written about Cisco and our Mobile Packet Core shining analyst reviews.

Recently Gartner, Inc., one of the world’s most reputable analyst firms, highlighted Cisco Systems Read More »

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#CiscoChat: Powering the Internet Transformation: Getting Broadband where it needs to be

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While consumers often clamor for faster broadband to address streaming or web surfing needs, service providers around the globe are racing to provide faster broadband to fuel economic growth, increase global competitiveness and bolster pioneering development. We invite you to join our #CiscoChat on Wednesday, May 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. PST to discuss this and much more.

In 2013, former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a “Gigabit City Challenge” calling on cable operators, telcos and ISPs to lead the world into the “Gigabit Era.” As a part of this challenge, Genachowski appealed to civic leaders to assist broadband providers in accelerating the development of gigabit communities, where innovation hubs Read More »

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TechWiseTV SP: Cloud VPN

TechWiseTV SP 168 covers Cloud VPN

TechWiseTV SP 168 covers Cloud VPN

I first saw this demo’d at Cisco Live Milan and although it was interesting, I don’t think I fully appreciated the problem being solved.

The base technology enabling this became our first show in the SP series (NSO enabled by Tail-f).  It was then that I began to really appreciate how some of the most mature technologies, like VPN, did not have the agility providers need to truly offer all their potential customers.

We ARE going to show you a specific service, using YOUR network, where the technology can be ready to go faster than your marketing or sales department can be ready to sell it.

Watch the 20 minute show right now

The numbers are pretty clear:  By 2019, there will over $800 billion worth of incremental revenue and value for service providers to seize across cloud, mobile, and video technologies. (MOI Tool)

But when it came to rolling out new services…SP’s have only been able to service the largest of clients.  The complexity of configuration on a new service is so manual and complex that only the biggest opportunities made sense. 

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Cisco Fellow talks to Telecom TV about 5G and Information Centric Networking

While at the NGMN Industry Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, the folks from Telecom TV interviewed Paul Polakos, Cisco Fellow. Paul is our CTO office lead for 5G research. During this interview, Paul talks about Cisco’s active work driving towards 5G technology. Cisco is active in both Research and Development and the various standards organizations that are focusing on 5G development (like 3GPP, NGMN, etc.). Cisco is also working with our customers to align strategies.

Mr. Polakos stresses that 5G is about diversity of uses cases and devices unlike what we have seen in all the previous generations (i.e. 3G, 4G).

Cisco is very interested in Information Centric Networking (ICN) as a possible solution Read More »

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Building the Cable Access Network for the Next Decade

When I talk with service provider customers these days about their goals, it’s a very different conversation than in the past. It’s no longer just technology and procurement people in the room; more and more, the people launching the actual services are steering the discussion. And they don’t want to hear about all the complexity of what happens in the network, or focus on cable modem termination system (CMTS) speeds and feeds.

These customers are facing stiff competitive pressure to scale bandwidth many times more than what the current network supports. They’re looking to increase top-line revenues by launching new cloud-enabled services Read More »

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