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 »
Tags: Cisco, devices, ereaders, IBSG, mobile, predictions, research, Service Provider, Smartphones, survey, tablet PCs, Tablets, wi-fi
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 »
Tags: 100G, Bill Gartner, Cisco, elastic core, IPoDWDM, Service Provider
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 »
Tags: 100G, BT, CESNET, Cisco, CRS, CRS-1, CRS-3, elastic core, GTS CE, IPoDWDM, Service Provider, Surya Panditi
“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 »
Tags: 100G, BT, Cisco, CRS, IPoDWDM, Service Provider
By Bill Gerhardt, Director, IBSG Service Provider
Big Data is the new oil! It has the power to transform economies, make businesses more efficient, and improve our daily interactions as consumers. However, like oil, data is not truly valuable until it has been refined—until it is analyzed and some valuable action is extracted from it. Although it has been the subject of much discussion, Big Data is really in its infancy—which begs the questions, “How will big data evolve? And what are the opportunities for service providers to create value in Big Data?”
Catching the Waves of Big Data Evolution
The term Big Data generally refers to the growing scope of data analytics in terms of the variety, velocity, or volume of data involved. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) sees Big Data evolving along three waves and across the three dimensions of data, control, and consumer (see Figure 1). Today, most companies find themselves in the first evolution-ary wave, where data and analytics are siloed within specific business processes. In Wave 1, the result of data analytics is Read More »
Tags: Big Data, Cisco, data analytics, Data Warehouse, IBSG, internet of things, Service Provider