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The State of Wi-Fi

By Lisa Garza, Cisco Service Provider Mobility Marketing Manager

Anyone involved in burgeoning Wi-Fi hotspot network industry realizes that there has been a dearth of solid market information available.  Well, that all changed this week as the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) released a joint report with Informa Global Developments in Public Wi-Fi at their 20th Roundtable and Conference in Singapore.

Check out this WBA report on Global Developments in Public Wi-Fi. To view the complete report, please click here:

The research shows that almost half (47%) of mobile operators now think Wi-Fi is either very important or essential to their customers’ experience. The research also found that operators are planning a massive increase in Wi-Fi hotspot deployments – hotspots are set to rocket with a 350% increase by 2015.

The report confirms the Cisco VNI numbers, showing that mobile data is continuing its massive growth across the globe.  The WBA Public Wi-Fi report predicts that mobile data traffic will hit 16.84 million terabytes by 2014. Operators are increasingly turning to Wi-Fi as a trusted extension to both fixed and mobile networks for offering their customers a seamless Internet experience.

And the report underscores the importance of the Next Generation Hotspot work that the WBA has underway.  The report includes an industry survey that highlights seamless authentication, ease of network discovery and security as the most significant barriers to wider adoption of Wi-Fi.  In June I wrote a blog about the WBA launch of the Next Generation Hotspot trials. This week, at the WBA 20th Conference in Singapore, we learned that the trials are well underway and are scheduled to complete on time.  In fact, Shaw Communications recently announced plans to deploy Next Generation Hotspot in a trial, using Cisco’s Service Provider Wi-Fi solution.

Stay tuned to this space.  The WBA intends to release this Wi-Fi Industry report on a regular basis, and 2012 promises to be the year where we’ll see these barriers fall.

Meanwhile, for those of you curious to learn more about the following, check out this webcast on What is WBA Next Generation Hotspot Anyway?:

  • The future of Service Provider Wi-Fi networks
  • WFA Hotspot 2.0 Specification
  • WBA Next Generation Roaming Trials
  • How Hotspot 2.0 will open up new revenue opportunities for service providers


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SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Attendees: Welcome to Atlanta!

By Mark Palazzo, VP and GM of Cisco’s Cable Access Business Unit

Just a few more days until the start of this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, to be held in Atlanta from Nov. 14-17. We’re excited to see y’all in our fair city! A lot will go on next week, so we thought we’d put out some signposts about where you can find us, what we’re doing, and what we want to show you while you’re there.

Where you can find us and what we want to show you: We’re piling in to booth #1762, where we’ll be showing everything we’re working on to reinvent the television experience. That means:

  • The Videoscape Experience: “Videoscape” incorporates cloud, network and client devices to drive new video experiences over traditional and Internet-based networks.  That means freeing viewers from the traditional bounds of time, place and platform, towards the realities of anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Specifically, we’ll demonstrate the integration of linear, on-demand and over-the-top content, with our Media Suite – a full lifecycle content management system, for both managed and unmanaged (consumer-purchased) devices. As in set-tops, soft clients, Internet TVs, tablets, smart phones, you name it.

Also on hand: Ways to distribute media inside and outside the home, using our Media Gateway family of products, as well as our “Conductor” – a standards-based, real-time network and device management tool designed specifically for service providers. Read More »

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ICT For Girls and Women in Engineering: Why it Matters

I participated in a panel about Girls in ICT at ITU World Telecom on October 27 2011 chaired by Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau and learned this:

Job opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) continue to grow, and many countries and regions are predicting a shortage of qualified staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills to meet the growing demand. At the same time, many companies are looking to increase the number of women in the sector. This means that highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities available to them.  Unfortunately teenage girls and young women often never even consider a career in ICTs.  There is a lack of awareness among students, teachers and parents on the opportunities presented by a career in ICT.

Former US FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate was present in the audience at this session and called out a program that 
she and actress Geena Davis are engaged in regarding Gender and Media. Greena Davis was featured in the film Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

This makes it that much more important to make sure girls and young women are aware of the resources available to help them prepare for and enter the ICT sector.  Check out The Girls in ICT portal, which provides listings for scholarships, internship and training opportunities, tech camps, Girls in ICT Day events, online networks and so much more! Check it out and spread the word!

So now you must be wondering where is Cisco in this space?

In May 2011 Cisco France set up a connected girls day that included members from the industry and conducted workshops on technology and its applicability to society.  Take a look at the following video to experience the event:

On September 25, 2008, Cisco hosted its first worldwide Connected Women event, demonstrating collaboration in business. Live events ran in 9 cities across the world with more than 400 senior female customers and partners coming together for a series of stimulating and practical presentations centred on collaboration, sustainability and the importance of technology. The opportunity to ‘Inspire and be inspired’ was a theme throughout with contributions from high -- level external business speakers at the different events around the world.

Cisco will be running the next Connected Women event in April 2012. By running this event we intend to both inspire our guests and for them to in turn provide inspiration through the sharing of their personal successes and innovative practices. The April event, like previous sessions, will be a real testament to what we can all achieve through greater collaboration.

Cisco’s Senior Vice President, Kathy Hill, is in Portland, Oregon at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference this week speaking at the technical executive forum on November 10 2011.

On November 9 2011, my colleague, Distinguished Engineer, Judy Priest, spoke on a panel at the Grace Hopper Conference that treated the topic of Building Your Brand as a Technical Expert or Leader.

And finally, Cisco will host a 2nd Annual TEDxBayArea Women Event on December 8 2011.

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Observations from ITU World Telecom 2011

The week of October 24 in Geneva was quite busy for the Cisco team, commencing with my participation at the Third CTO Meeting, October 25 2011.

At ITU World Telecom, Geneva Oct 24-27:

  • Over 6,500 top-level participants onsite including Heads of State and 
Government, Ministers, city mayors, industry CEOs and technology gurus, 
along with hundreds of thousands of participants from around the world 
interacting in real-time via webcasts and twitter streams
  • 332 global leaders participating in the Broadband Leadership Summit
  • 34 of the world’s major ICT names participating in the event as key 
partners
  • 251 influential speakers from 64 countries took part in the multi-streamed 
conference agenda
  • 237 companies from 41 countries on the show floors
  • 10,000 students from schools across the globe, who shared their work with 
150,000 of their classmates across five continents.
  • Photos: www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/photolibrary/display.aspx?event=210&ple=210&k=&d=&t=&id=
  • View full event photo here

ITU Broadband Commission Leadership and call to world leaders: http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/Broadband_Challenge.pdf

Cisco’s leadership at the World Telecom was quite prominent as follows:

Session was chaired by Brahima Sanou 
Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

*There were more attendees at this session than at the Internet of Things 
Session including:

Former US FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate called out the program that 
she and actress Geena Davis are engaged in regarding Gender and Media:
Please keep an eye out for the next blog on the Girls in ICT Portal ITU will go live 11.11.2011. Susan Schoor 
ITU BDT 
Regulatory and Market 
Environment Division, extended a warm thanks to the panelists.

The next ITU Telecom World event will be held in Dubai, UAE, in Q4 of 2012.

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The Network Effect

To celebrate our first anniversary of the CLE blog we produced a web documentary series on the impact of the telecom network, hosted by Dr. Steven Shepard.  We’ll share stories about the network’s pioneers, the impact it has today in growing the economy especially in developing regions, and possibilities it holds for the future.

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