By Steve Harris, Senior Director, Advanced Network Technologies
How prepared are you for the future of cable telecommunications? You’ll have a chance to find out with the return of the SCTE IP Challenge over the next few weeks.
With the support of our friends at Cisco Systems, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has brought back the challenge in a bigger and better way to help test knowledge and heighten understanding of the Internet Protocol (IP) technologies that will shape our industry in the years to come.
To get involved – see below for the cool prizes you can win – there are three things Read More »
We’ve talked a bit before about Cisco’s revolutionary network Virtualization technology or “nV.” In case you aren’t familiar with it, nV technology on the ASR product family intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single system. This can deliver up to 70 percent operational expense savings, increase network capacity and accelerate IPv6 service deployments (very important since we’ve got the World IPv6 Launch next week). nV therefore addresses some of our customer’s most important business concerns by:
Lowering capital costs by simplifying the network
Lowering operational expenses by scaling the network operational efficiencies
Increasing revenue by enabling them to better leverage network intelligence
But don’t just take our word for it. ACG Research has developed a Read More »
As many of the regular readers know, this time of year is one of my favorite. Sure, kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and that summer vacation is within reach… but the real kicker? The release of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast – this time for the period between 2011 and 2016.
We’ve been doing this report for 6 years now, and it has provided a lens into many of the changes we’ve seen in the industry, and there are many:
Changes the units of measurement just to quantify the amount of traffic – moving from petabytes to exabytes to now – for the first time ever – zettabytes
Changes in the types of devices that are driving traffic – from primarily PCs to now smartphones, tablets, TVs and the Internet of Things
Changes in the services and applications we’re using those devices for – from primarily data-centric to ones that are far more experience-centric.
Throughout all of those changes, however, we have had a constant – and that is the seemingly endless appetite we have for bandwidth and the incredible opportunities the network provides for societies, businesses, service providers, and consumers like you and me.
This year, the Cisco VNI forecasts that traffic from 2011-2016 will grow four-fold to reach 1.3 Zettabytes by 2016. A zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes (10 to the 21st power in bytes = a lot). To put that in perspective, all the IP traffic that has hit the global networks in the Internet years to date (1984-2012) has generated 1.2 Read More »
Travel website hotels.com not long ago published the results of a survey on hotel amenities asking travelers to identify the most important features in selecting a particular property. The most popular was the availability of free Wi-Fi access and that this amenity overwhelmingly factored into the decision on which hotel to book. Thirty-eight percent of travelers reported that free Wi-Fi played a part in their decision as a “must” to stay at a specific hotel, 35 percent reported it is the simple amenity they want to see more in hotels, with 31 percent wishing it would become a standard in all hotels in 2012.
A Hotels.com survey reveals which amenities guests want the most.
We see this trend towards “have to have wireless access” – in a hotel, airport, or at the office as being consistent with Read More »
Part of what makes the network so powerful is its ability to transform economies and enable countries to leverage their unique characteristics, no matter how remote. Recently on SP360, we discussed how Iceland is becoming a leader in green cloud computing because of its low-cost geothermal power and high speed connectivity back to Europe and North America.
Bermuda, another island nation, is also harnessing the power of the network to maintain its leading role in the international insurance, trading, and financial sectors. Earlier this month, Read More »