I recently had the honor to speak at the Small Cells Forum in Dubai. One thing is certain: Wi-Fi and small cells are certainly important throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. Operators from throughout the region came together to learn how they could deploy small cells to meet their growing customer demands and improve their own bottom-line in the process.
I took away six key messages from the conference on the future of mobility in the Middle East:
- Small Cells Are the Next Big Thing: Operators from large countries like Saudi Arabia to smaller countries like Qatar all wanted to learn how they could use small cells to help them cope with the huge traffic that they are experiencing on their mobile networks and to improve mobile coverage, especially indoors and in heavily congested areas.
- Small Cells Are Not an Add-On: SPs realize that future of mobile networks lies in a heterogeneous network (“HetNet”) world where licensed and unlicensed mobile networks coexist and complement each other. With their unique strengths, Wi-Fi and licensed small cells are quickly becoming important components of an integrated access portfolio complementing the macro mobile access network.
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Tags: MENA, mobility, Service Provider, small cell
More than 99 percent of things in the physical world are still not connected to the Internet. The Internet of Everything (IoE) has the potential to connect the unconnected, thereby opening up unprecedented opportunities. But, it’s not just things that are connected to the Internet. People, such as athletes, are looking to utilize technology, such as our IoE, to improve their performances.
Verizon re-launched on Oct. 8 the Verizon Innovation Center West in downtown San Francisco. The newly-expanded Innovation Center is comprised of collaborative lab environments, private lab space, demonstration and seminar areas, as well as office space that engineers and member companies can utilize to work with others to advance wireless technologies.
Several new and beta technology demonstrations are on display at the innovation center.
One application is the “Connected Athlete” (see photo below), Read More »
Tags: Cisco, connected athlete, innovation, Internet of Everything, IoE, Kelly Ahuja, Service Provider, Tony Melone, Verizon, Verizon Wireless
By Lisa Garza, Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manger
The annual Small Cells event for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) took place this week. It featured regional innovators like Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Zain and du, in addition to the global small cell pioneers like AT&T and SoftBank. Here’s what we took from the event
1. Mobile data growth and reducing cost-per-bit is a global challenge
The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) shows that mobile IP traffic in MENA region is set to grow 10x over the next four years. Revenues are not set to grow at anything like this pace. Service providers are responding to the capacity challenge by augmenting macro networks, by adding new spectrum and by introducing more efficient cellular technologies like LTE. But these steps alone will not povide all of the capacity required, and some, like LTE introduction, will accelerate data usage by encouraging video consumption. The big capacity gains come from reusing cellular spectrum and by offloading to Wi-Fi – that’s what small cells are all about, and they’re a hot topic because the capacity they add comes at a fraction of the cost-per-bit of traditional radio technologies.
2. Small cells are becoming central to network transformation strategies
These small cells conferences are a barometer of service provider, analyst and vendor thinking. This year, Read More »
Tags: MENA, mobility, Service Provider, small cell, wi-fi, wifi
By Maywun Wong, Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manager
Cisco was thrilled to part of one of the most historic comebacks in sports history, the 34th America’s Cup. The Oracle Team USA team, trailing by 1-8 to Team New Zealand at one point, came back with eight consecutive races to win 9-8 in the series. With this unbelievable comeback, attendees and fans of the race relied on the Wi-Fi Network at the Americas Cup to follow the latest race results and information.
The America’s Cup Event Authority chose Cisco as the official networking technology supplier of the event. They installed hundreds of access points as part of the Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi solution for attendees and the media in San Francisco.
The Cisco Wi-Fi network supported Read More »
Tags: America's Cup, Service Provider, wi-fi, wifi
By Shailesh Shukla, VP & GM, SWAG Global, Cisco
The surging demand for data, and the continued growth of Smartphones consumption forces mobile service providers expand their network in order to provide Quality of Experience and Quality of service to their customers. As a result their network becomes more complex and difficult to manage. Leading Lights Awards has recognized the Cisco Quantum SON Suite as the leading solution and “Best Mobile Product” for 2013, to automatically manage the already complex network from a single point, without extra equipment and guaranting KPI’s?
What is the Cisco Quantum SON? Read More »
Tags: architecture, award, Leading Lights, mobile, mobility, network, quantum, RAN, Service Provider, SON