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Data Center Interconnect: Next-Gen Apps and Platforms

We invite you to attend a free webinar Thursday, February 28 that will explore how network operators can solve Data Center and WAN interconnect challenges by leveraging cutting edge data center interconnect (DCI) technology from Cisco – the Network Convergence System (NCS) 1000 Series.

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Cisco and the Altice Group: Powering the First Available Subscription VoD service with 4K/Ultra HD Content

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, Service Provider Product and Solutions Marketing

Powered by the Cisco cBR-8 converged broadband router, the Altice Group’s new Zive subscription-based video-on-demand service will be launched in all markets. An industry leading cable offering, Zive features more than 5,000 high-definition (HD) programs, including more than four hundred 4K/ultra HD children’s programs, movies and sporting events. By the end of 2016, that offering will grow to fifteen thousand high-definition (HD) shows.

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Shape Shifting Meets Accessorizing – the Latest Mobile Devices & Connections Trends

To say that global device and connections are growing is a true understatement. And this growth is rapidly shifting.

By 2020, there will be 8.5 billion handheld or personal mobile-ready devices and 3.1 billion machine-to-machine (M2M) connections supported by mobile networks. From smartphones and tablets to PCs and “phablets”, mobile digitization and wearables adoption is creating new demands on wireless infrastructures.

On the heels of last week’s 10th annual VNI Mobile Forecast update, take a visual journey into the major role digitization, personal devices and M2M connections have on mobile data traffic growth.

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The Shift from PCs to Smartphones

Each year, new devices in different form factors and with increased capabilities and intelligence are introduced to the global market. For the 2015 VNI Mobile Forecast, phablets were added as a new subcategory within the smartphone segment, which is projected to grow from 38% of all mobile connections in 2015 to 48% of all mobile connections by 2020. Within the same time frame, the overall share of nonsmartphone devices–like PCs–will decline from 50% of all mobile connections in 2015 to 21% by 2020.

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KRBO: Delivering One Gigabit per Second Connectivity with the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router

Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, Service Provider Product and Solutions Marketing

KBRO, the largest cable television provider in Taiwan, has announced that it will use the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router to deliver one gigabit per second high speed internet connections to its customer base. Already known for its innovations and forward-thinking network architectures, KBRO is using the cBR-8 converged broadband router to modernize its infrastructure and improve its offering to its more than 400,000 subscribers

KBRO is not alone in recognizing the need to provide high-speed bandwidth to support the worldwide explosion of video traffic. To respond to this tremendous growth, cable operators must adopt new technologies and new ways of thinking. The Cisco cBR-8 is designed from the ground up to support high-speed Internet delivery as well as DOCSIS 3.1 and its associated levels of services over the current cable infrastructure.

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Major Mobile Milestones – The Last 15 Years, and the Next Five

Cowritten with Usha Andra, Senior Analyst, Visual Networking Index, Service Provider Marketing

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the VNI Mobile Forecast. For a decade, we have analyzed, reviewed, and made projections about mobile networking and how consumers and business users’ behaviors and expectations have changed based on device innovations, network enhancements, and a seemingly never-ending variety of mobile applications and content options. Our work and focus on forecasting the growth of global mobile network traffic and wireless service trends has given us an opportunity to cover one of the fastest growing (in terms of user adoption) and constantly interesting global industries ever developed. Over the past 10 years, mobile data traffic has increased 6,000-fold, and over the past 15 years, it has increased an incredible 600-million-fold. The average smartphone owner today is carrying a computing device more powerful than 10 PCs from 2000. And mobile devices have evolved from devices for calling and texting to devices for calling, texting, tweeting, posting, watching, gaming, banking, navigating, shopping, and reading.

Here’s a very brief summary of some of the major mobile milestones that many of us have experienced over the last 15 years, in five-year increments. What did we miss or would you add to these timelines? We’ve also provided a quick snapshot of our projections for the next five years. Let us know what you think…

Pre-2000: The wireless wilderness shows early signs of development

In 1973, the first mobile phone call was placed with the words “guess where I’m calling from?”, the motto of the early days of cellular voice. Mobile phones became commercially available in 1979, but the early phones were expensive and heavy, with large nickel cadmium batteries weighing them down. In the 1990s, lithium ion batteries were introduced, reducing the weight and size of the phones by more than half, and the phones began to be offered at more affordable prices. Also in the early 1990s, 2G phones deploying GSM technology were introduced, marking the shift from analog to digital communications. With GSM, limited data services such as text messaging and paging began to be available. The GPRS standard was introduced in the late 1990s, delivering packet-switched data capabilities to existing GSM networks and allowing users to send graphics-rich data as packets.

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