Visualize this: nearly half the Earth’s population – 3.6 billion people – connected to the Internet for communication, commerce, education, information, and entertainment. Think that’s too futuristic? Think again. By 2017, less than five years from today, that will be our reality.
This prediction is one of several key findings from the newly released Cisco Visual Networking Index, 2012-2017, a highly regarded annual forecast of global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic now in its seventh year.
Let’s explore further the Internet of 2017, as projected by the updated VNI Forecast.
By 2017, IP traffic volumes and regional growth will continue to impress: Read More »
Tags: broadband, devices, forecast, internet, internet protocol, ip traffic, IPv6, network, networking, PC, Service Provider, smartphone, Tablets, traffic growth, visual networking index, vni
By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
In the 20 years we’ve had to get used to the Internet, we’ve learned a lot about web security and our own role in keeping ourselves safe from the nastiest things out there. At the very least, most of us now recognize the need to install antivirus software on our computers and to keep that software updated.
When it comes to the other kinds of computers we use though – our ubiquitous smartphones and tablets – it’s a different story. According to a 2011 report by Canalys, just 4 percent of the smartphones and tablets shipped the previous year had some form of mobile security installed.
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Tags: antivirus, malware, mobile, security, Service Provider, smartphone, software, tablet
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
John Horrigan spends a lot of time worrying about the digital divide – the chasm that divides certain demographic sectors when it comes to accessing information, transacting business, and interacting with government.
I wrote about this last year in Broadband: Exploring The Demographic Patterns, but Horrigan has dug a little deeper, both in his former position with Pew Internet Research and his current position as vice-president and director of the Media and Technology Institute at Washington, D.C.’s Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
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Tags: applications, broadband, internet, minorities, mobile, smartphone, social networking
This blog is second in a series of blogs glimpsing into the future of video collaboration. The first blog was “Video Collaboration: Better Than Being There“. We encourage you to follow the series and let us know your thoughts.
Have you noticed that there is a camera and a pane of glass available to you at ALL times? From your smartphone to your PC, desktop office phone, telepresence (personal or room system), tablet, and even your TV, the ubiquity and ease of use of these devices and capabilities are providing a platform to extend video experiences everywhere. The big challenge is in providing a consistent, high quality user experience across all these devices. And that is not all. With new technologies available today such as HTML5 and WebRTC, more web-enabled devices can quickly become video enabled (video fridge anyone? :-))
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Tags: codec, collaboration, html5, pervasive video, smartphone, tablet, TelePresence, video collaboration, WebRTC
When it comes to the adoption of new technology such as 802.11ac, the industry becomes a farmer’s almanac of predictions when it comes to when and what devices and products will announce 802.11ac support. Aside from Cisco, who boldly announced support for 802.11ac on the 3600 Access Point for the enterprise, there have been a number of consumer devices such as home routers, bridges, a selection of USB clients and a single gaming oriented laptop that are offering support for the new 802.11ac specification.
With HTC’s announcement of 802.11ac support for their HTC One smartphone, we would expect others to follow suit in the near future, setting the stage for the first series of devices to bring integrated 802.11ac to market sometime in CY13. As these device become available you can expect them to be connecting to your corporate networks as BYOD devices for corporate use. With the devices come the expectations where your end-users are going to be looking for that extra bump in network performance promised by the 802.11ac standard.
Next up, Tablet and notebook devices.
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Tags: 11ac, 5G, 802.11ac, Enterprise, gigabit, healthcare, higher education, hospital, htc, htc one, laptop, mobile device, mobility, network, networking, Service Provider, smartphone, tablet, wi-fi, wifi, wireless