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Smart City ICT Master Planning in Action

There have been numerous advancements in city planning methodologies over the last couple of decades — perhaps few were debated as enthusiastically and vigorously as the Smart City model.

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Vodafone Hungary and the Power of the Intelligent Mobile Network

Last week, Cisco announced its latest Cisco Visual Networking Index Mobile Forecast, 2011-2016, showing that global mobile Internet traffic is expected to grow 18-fold by 2016.

Many mobile operators are working hard to simply manage this incredible tidal wave of mobile data traffic, but one operator, Vodafone Hungary, is thinking one step ahead: How do we not only manage, but also monetize our mobile traffic?

We sat down with two of Vodafone Hungary’s strategic and technical leaders to discuss how Vodafone Hungary is planning to leverage the intelligence in the Cisco ASR 5000 mobile packet core to design new services, deliver differentiated services, and develop new business models.

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Economic Catalyst: Telecom Right-of-Way Access

By Steven Shepard, Contributing Columnist

I have always loved trains. Never knew why, but I think I just discovered the reason. They’re part of the industry I work in – or at least played a founding role here in the United States. And, they gave us much of the terminology that infuses our telecom vocabulary: switches routers, hubs, trunks, lines, etc.

But one railroad in particular played a fundamental role in the development of the industry and, more importantly, in the development of a truly competitive U.S. telecommunications industry.

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What Happens When Mobile and Cloud Collide?

Mobility and cloud computing are colliding. So, what does this mean for the future of mobile devices? How soon will video-conference calls on our mobile devices become commonplace? How can service providers (SPs) enhance their competitive position by delivering cloud and managed services?

While research has been conducted on mobile and cloud computing as separate trends, to date very little data has existed on the impact of mobility and cloud together. To understand this dynamic market better, the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) surveyed more than 1,000 business users to understand their current and future needs with regard to the mobile cloud.

The top findings may surprise you:

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Cisco’s Mobile VNI Forecast: What Does it All Mean?

Earlier this week, Cisco announced its latest Cisco Visual Networking Index Mobile Forecast, 2011-2016, from the Royal Opera House in London.

The report showed that global mobile Internet traffic is expected to grow 18-fold over the forecast period, reaching 130 exabytes annually by 2016 – the equivalent of 33 billion DVDs going across mobile networks every year.

But what does this significant growth of mobile traffic mean for mobile operators?  How will the changing mix of mobile devices and connections (such as smartphones, tablets and M2M) impact their networks, their businesses, and strategic partnerships?  We asked some of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable independent analysts and consultants to give us their perspectives.

To see the complete report, including global, regional and some country-level forecast projections, go to www.cisco.com/go/vni, and watch a VoD of the February 14, 2012 VNI Mobile event here.

Thanks as always for reading.

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