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Make Way for More Users

Have you seen the numbers? There are a few more of us on the Internet now than there were last year—and over the next four years, today’s numbers will look humble in comparison.

About one-third of the world’s population today is using the Internet. That includes all of us—whether we’re in offices in Silicon Valley, in airports in Tokyo or Dubai, or surfing from the Gobi Desert.

As fixed and mobile networks grow and expand, an ever-increasing portion of the world’s population will Read More »

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Maple Leaf Wi-Fi

I recently returned from meeting with the majority of Canada’s service providers to share the results of our recent Cisco IBSG research, “What Canadians Want from Wi-Fi and Mobile.” Wi-Fi is everywhere in Canada, as exemplified by the photo that I took at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Our study confirms this, as Canadians seem to be content with coverage in first-tier locations such as coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants, but are now looking for Wi-Fi to be just as pervasive in other places where they spend their lives. Parks, bus stops, retail stores, shopping malls, and hospitals top the list of additional locations where Canadians would like to be able to access Wi-Fi.

The study revealed that mobile devices are now Wi-Fi-enabled “nomadic” devices. Canadians own an average of 2.4 mobile devices, almost all of which are Wi-Fi-enabled.  Canadians spend an average of 2.8 hours per day using their mobile devices in their homes, compared to only 0.5 hours per day in a typical “mobile” on-the-go world.

The Cisco IBSG study also revealed that mobile users are connecting their devices predominantly via Wi-Fi, including 75 percent of smartphone owners. In fact, on average, smartphone users use Wi-Fi one-third of the time to Read More »

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“Just One Word… Elastic” – Cisco’s Elastic Core

If you saw the title of the blog and thought, The Graduate, pat yourself on the back!

  • Mr. McGuire: “I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word.  Are you listening?  Plastics.” (or in our case, Elastic.)
  • Benjamin: “How exactly do you mean?” (Thanks for asking… let us explain)

Yesterday Surya Panditi, SVP/GM of Cisco’s Service Provide Group discussed the new Cisco Elastic Core solution for the CRS platform.  Faster.  Bigger.  Stronger.  Smarter.  Innovations such as Cisco nLight Technology for 100G bring a Read More »

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Faster, Bigger, Stronger, and Smarter: The Next Generation Internet Needs the Cisco Elastic Core

In a blog post last week, Cisco cited its recent landmark 100 Gbps IPoDWDM trial with BT, which demonstrates ways to create a Next-Generation Internet, one that can handle a million minutes of video every second without having to trench new fiber or dig up streets. However, there is more behind this story because faster alone doesn’t represent a complete solution to the enormity of the challenge facing network operators.  Carriers such as BT need the solution to be bigger, stronger, and smarter.

Take for example, the complexity of traffic flows. To a basic user, the Internet “Information Superhighway” of yesteryear had essentially one on-ramp and one off-ramp.  Traffic traveled largely in a very straightforward pattern. Due to the growing popularity of mobility and cloud computing, traffic is quickly becoming multidirectional. According to Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, the mobile Internet will increase 18-fold by 2016 and cloud services will expand 12-fold by 2015. What’s more, VNI research indicates that by 2016 there will be nearly 19 billion global network connections. That’s 2.5 connections for every per person on earth!

To keep up, service providers must deploy networks that are more elastic to more easily grow and keep pace with these shifts. Like exercise, these innovations are vital for the heart of the Next-Generation Internet, the service provider core network.  Today we announced several innovations for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) to Read More »

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100G IPoDWDM: Prepping the Core for a Million Video Minutes (per second!)

Video changes everything”.

We laugh at silly cat movies.  We learn to dance Gangnam style.  We cheer for the underdog in an obscure sport (or perhaps even the Spice Girls reunion) at the 2012 London Olympics. Doctors use video to save lives. Cops use video to catch the bad guys. Video (TelePresence) means we can spend the night at home instead of getting on a plane.

Regardless of the content however, the amount of video travelling on the Internet continues to set records every year.  By 2016, the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index forecasts video to exceed one million minutes -- the equivalent of nearly 700 days ―every single second.

This has caused service providers to upgrade existing 10G transmission speeds in the network to 100G and beyond. How do they do this without breaking the bank?  Just because you need a bullet train between two cities doesn’t mean you want to replace the track.

This is why one of the world’s largest network operators, BT recently completed a Read More »

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