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With Cloud, SMBs Will Lead Emerging Economies Across the Digital Divide

By Peter Ford, Director, IBSG Service Provider

Service providers in developing countries have the potential to kick-start economic growth by helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) take advantage of information and communications technology (ICT), especially cloud services. The “greenfield” nature of ICT in many emerging economies creates the opportunity to “leapfrog” to cloud computing.

For some time, governments have recognized the role of broadband in supporting economic development. The World Bank states that for every 10 percent of broadband penetration in a developing economy, there is typically a 1.38 percent increase in GDP.

Each year, there have been tangible improvements in broadband networks across emerging markets. However, in Read More »

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DOCSIS 3.1: Here’s To the Next New Thing in Broadband!

Thursday, at a specially-added session during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers annual Cable-Tec Expo, another milestone was placed in the evolution of cable modems and broadband networks: The expansion of the specification, to eke even more bandwidth out of existing HFC plant.

It’s called DOCSIS 3.1, and it’s a big deal. Every chapter in the DOCSIS specification added substantially new features – from 1.0 to 1.1 to 2.0 and, the latest workhorse for IP video, DOCSIS 3.0.

DOCSIS 3.1 will take that even further. I’ll stop short of saying it’ll make Read More »

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What’s Going On at Cisco During the 2012 SCTE Cable Tec Expo

I’m predicting this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo will go down as another cable technology milestone date. Why: The details of DOCSIS 3.1, the next chapter in cable modems, will finally go public on Thursday, October 18. Also: We’re in Orlando, and we’re within a few years of the 20th anniversary of the Time Warner Cable Full Service Network, which of course happened in Orlando. A milestone in its own right.

And for us, it’s already a milestone year, in a way. Why: We are demonstrating new Videoscape experiences expanded by the recent NDS acquisition, now including the NDS Snowflake experience, and my friend and colleague John Chapman, who pioneered the very first DOCIS spec (1.0, in the mid-‘90s), will be inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame today. It’s a big deal and we’re really proud of him.

And now for what’s happening in our booth (#2034) at this year’s Expo:

  • Videoscape Experiences: We will demonstrate new Videoscape-delivered services and user experiences including NDS Snowflake and companion screen solutions.
  • CCAP: The Converged Cable Access Platform is an industry effort to make a “one-size-fits-all” QAM, to keep up with the growth in IP traffic, and to reduce rack space requirements and power consumption.
  • Unifying QAM & IP: We will show how digital network control system (DNCS) is evolving to simplify headend management and unify and harmonize QAM and IP connected devices.
  • DOCSIS leadership: We will demonstrate how our video-over-DOCSIS 3.0 solution enables cable operators to allocate their DOCSIS network resources to delivery IP video, and maximize the Cisco quality of experience for their subscribers.

And the Expo wouldn’t be the Expo without a wide-and-deep roster of technical papers and presentations. We’re glad to contribute seven papers/presentations this year!

Last but not least, we’re proud to sponsor the SCTE IP Challenge again this year – a friendly competition, held in a fast-paced, “Jeopardy”-styled format, to test attendees’ knowledge of Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. The IP Challenge was scheduled on “Expo Eve,” (Tuesday Oct. 16); we’ll get the results and photos of the winner(s) to you later in the week.

Until then: See you in Orlando and have a productive, tech-rich Expo!

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Agility To Make Cloud Really Work: NPS-Demand Engineering

By Biren Mehta, Senior Marketing Manager, SP Marketing in Routing and Switching, Cisco

Search the Internet using the word “Cloud” and you will get around 1.5 billion hits and it’s not until the 2nd page or so where something related to weather comes up.  This is not surprising as cloud computing is top of mind for both B2C and B2B companies.  The reason for this heightened interest is because of the monetization opportunities cloud enables.  For operators it’s exciting since they are challenged with exploding IP traffic and diminishing margins.

Cloud matters.  The Cisco Cloud Index predicts that global cloud IP traffic will account for more than one-third (34%) of total data center traffic by 2015 and is expected to reach 1.6 zettabytes of cloud IP traffic.  There are predictions about how gaming will shift to the cloud, further contributing to cloud IP traffic.  As I think about emerging cloud applications and how operators will be able to Read More »

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CRS’s…..in….Space….

Hopefully, there are a few Muppet Show fans that read this title with the word “space” trailing off into infinity.  Ok, so maybe not as entertaining as “Pigs in Space”, but something about CRS-1s on a rocket caught our eye the other day. Looking at the news, it appeared that someone had put one of our large core routers, a Cisco CRS-1 in orbit. This caused me to double take, since it’s not the sort of thing one would typically rocket into space. In reality what was successfully launched was SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Service mission 1 (or CRS-1), the first mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station under contract from NASA.

Two separate things for sure, but maybe with some similarities.  One thing that both CRS-1s share is the need for an extraordinary level of resiliency and reliability. In the case of the Cisco CRS, we ensure Read More »

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