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Service Providers are on a Digital Journey

The Internet is the lifeblood of the digital economy. And in the digital economy, there is no growth, no life without the connectivity delivered by service providers across the globe.

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Every country, city, industry, and organization is undergoing a digital transformation. Service providers are leading this transformation in their own networks: no longer are they simply connecting places, but now they are connecting things. And not only are they connecting things on the traditional outdoor network, they are expanding to connect things indoors, like in venues, shopping malls, and airports, where traditional approaches to connectivity may not make economic sense.

Whether leveraging technology to enable, differentiate, or even define their digital transformations and business strategies, service providers worldwide are partnering with Cisco for solutions along every stage in the journey. Here are a few examples:

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You’ve Got a What?

Ever heard that when you’ve told someone what device you just bought?  Or perhaps ”You’ve already upgraded, does everything still work?”  As more devices hit the market, they bring with them new platforms and operating systems. Add video delivery into the mix, and the terrain becomes even harder to navigate.  But it also brings a huge opportunity; the opportunity to be first with your video and entertainment service.

What does being first really mean?  It means that you are the first to offer apps that are compatible with new channels to market. It means continuing to give your customers the content they love when, and how they want it, no matter which platform they use.  It means ensuring that when they unbox that new device, yours is one of the first apps or services they use.  Being first helps you strengthen customer loyalty and engagement from day one, whilst, of course, ensuring that you continue to provide a quality service on established and legacy platforms.

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At CES 2016, we’ll be showing how you can support a huge range of devices and platforms using our Infinite Video service. Putting DevOps for Video into action, we’ll show you how you can rapidly deliver a broad range of high quality services from the cloud with a consistent user experience.

Thanks to our scale, our partner relationships, and our experience, we can develop solutions that will work on new platforms even before they are released to the market. That way, our customers can continue to monetize their content and services irrespective of the device their consumers are using.  By providing this capability to our customers as a service, we free them up to focus on managing their business, not their technology.

So if you’re a content provider, a rights owner, or service provider, visit us at CES 2016. We’ll demonstrate how our customers are monetizing on great content and services, no matter what device or network their consumers use. And you’ll see how Cisco is putting its customers first… in more ways than one!

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Sky Turns Its Vision of the Next-Generation TV Experience to Reality

Yves PadrinesBy Yves Padrines, Vice President, Global Service Provider EMEAR, Cisco

It’s official: Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company with 21 million customers across five territories, is set to launch Sky Q, a next generation TV home entertainment system that will reinvent the way customers watch TV. Sky Q combines live, recorded and on-demand TV, accessible on multiple screens anywhere around the home or on-the-go, in a seamless experience Sky calls Fluid ViewingTM.

It’s also official that Cisco is Sky’s choice to secure that offering, with our VideoGuard Everywhere (VGE) video service protection solution.

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This is not the first time that Sky has innovated with a combination of broadcast, broadband and advanced video technologies to provide premium TV experiences to its customers. Nor is Cisco a newcomer to this arena. We are a long-standing technology partner, working closely with Sky to define and implement video software solutions that help turn Sky’s vision to reality.

So what makes Sky Q different?

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Security Insights with British Telecom

The explosive growth of video, mobility, Internet-of-Things, and cloud services has brought about enormous business opportunities. Service Providers are adopting open and programmable network architectures that increase business agility and lower costs. However, adversaries are increasingly exploiting the growing attack surface presented by these new services and expanded network connections.

British Telecom, the largest service provider in the UK, has recently announced a partnership with Cisco to deliver threat-centric security solutions based on our joint expertise and leadership. By partnering with Cisco, BT will strengthen network and advanced threat protection capabilities and automate its threat intelligence to detect, analyze and remediate attacks, while providing the same security capabilities in offerings to their customers, with BT Assure Cyber, BT’s Managed Security Portfolio.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Les Anderson, VP of BT Cyber, and ask him how BT manages security to protect their networks and their customers and to get his take on our new partnership.

Sam Rastogi – Cisco Security: What changes in the threat landscape are you observing?
Les Anderson: Over the last 13 months, BT has experienced a 1,000% increase in threats. We’ve seen our networks targeted in ways that we haven’t seen before. There is unprecedented speed in the innovation, resiliency and evasiveness of cyber attacks.

CS: How do you counter these threats?
LA: Partnership with Cisco for threat-centric security and consolidating where it makes sense for our business and our customers.

CS: What security technologies are top of mind for you?
LA: We need threat-centric technologies that are able to stop threats. We look to solutions, such as ASA with FirePOWER Services, Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), and Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS) – all, working together. They amount to a differentiated capability in the market – to see and stop more threats for us and our customers.

CS: How do you view security as a growth engine for organizations?
LA: BT doesn’t compromise when it comes to prioritizing our own cybersecurity; security can be a growth engine for business like BT to take full advantage of today’s opportunities to be more productive, make organizations more efficient and customers happier by keeping systems — both ours and our customers — secure.  By relying on threat-centric security, we’re thus able to focus on our core business goals, making security a differentiator. Investing in security in turn inspires further trust in doing business with us and with our customers.

CS: Why did you choose to partner with Cisco? And why now?
LA: Cisco has made smart security acquisitions and technology innovations that provide a significant differentiation in the market. I’m seeing that Cisco has the ability to deploy security products into SDN and virtualized environments to unlock additional value that is critical to security. Lastly our joint portfolio has allowed us to sell the largest cyber strategic security capability globally to a nation state. This is all possible with the strong partnership we have in place together.

Watch this video to learn how BT is taking advantage of security solutions from Cisco to protect its own environment and its customers:

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Cisco’s Connected Home…Reimagined

SteveGGuest Blog by: Steve Gorretta, Manager, Product Management, Cisco Service Provider Software and Solutions

When you hear Cisco leadership discuss the transformation of our business and the drive to be the #1 IT company, you will no doubt hear some recurring themes around cloud management, big data analytics, security, and Internet of Things (IoT). These themes play a major role in how Cisco drives value across every major market, and the same can be said about a space to which we can all relate: the Connected Home.

As I’ve discussed before, the home network is a constantly evolving intersection of devices, applications and content that provide both convenience and confusion for consumers. The emergence of the IOT-enabled home (or “smarthome”) means even more devices, including appliances and sensors, are now joining that landscape. Our strategy at Cisco is to provide service providers with applications that simplify and enhance the connected home experience, and allow them to monetize new opportunities that emerge as the home evolves. We already manage many millions of subscriber home devices with Cisco Prime Home, and we are expanding the portfolio with some exciting new applications that build on that strategy.

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At CES this January, we will be demonstrating the entire suite of Cisco Connected Home software applications, which are geared towards helping service providers and their subscribers gain better visibility, security, and reliability from their digital home. One new offer, Cisco Home Guard™, provides complete cybersecurity protection for all devices in the home, and perfectly complements the monitored home security offered by some ISPs. We are also launching Connected Analytics for Home, part of Cisco’s broader Connected Analytics initiative, which enables real-time and historical analysis on a wide range of connectivity and security issues within the home.

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