By Peter Ford, Director, IBSG Service Provider
Service providers in developing countries have the potential to kick-start economic growth by helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) take advantage of information and communications technology (ICT), especially cloud services. The “greenfield” nature of ICT in many emerging economies creates the opportunity to “leapfrog” to cloud computing.
For some time, governments have recognized the role of broadband in supporting economic development. The World Bank states that for every 10 percent of broadband penetration in a developing economy, there is typically a 1.38 percent increase in GDP.
Each year, there have been tangible improvements in broadband networks across emerging markets. However, in Read More »
Tags: #economic growth, brazil, broadband penetration, China, Cisco, cloud, digital divide, economic development, emerging countries, France, IBSG, india, mexico, Russia, Service Provider, smb, SP, United Kingdom, united states
When Cisco announced the CRS (Carrier Routing System) in 2004, many analysts and other observers thought it overkill. Some said that Cisco would not sell more than 50.
To date, the number is greater than 8000.
That would seem to fall into the category of “Exceeding Expectations”.
And just how did Cisco do this? In part, by continually staying ahead of the game with enhancements – never waiting for traffic loads, customer demands or other circumstances to force it into catch-up mode.
Today, Cisco continued that practice with further enhancements to the industry-leading CRS platform.
Cisco announced that GTS Central Europe (GTS CE), a leading provider of integrated telecommunications solutions and data center services in Central and Eastern Europe, has deployed the CRS for its Next-Generation Internet core. Cisco new elastic core networking capabilities enable service providers such as GTS CE to cost-effectively launch and scale revenue-generating services within minutes instead of months. The solution includes the industry’s first integrated coherent 100 Gbps IP over DWDM and Cisco’s nLight™ technology for the CRS.
Cisco’s nLight technology converges IP and optical transport networks by introducing programmability to minimize network complexity while maximizing service intelligence and monetization opportunities. This capability significantly reduces network total cost of ownership and is a key element of the Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) framework.
Also, in recent related news, Cisco and BT recently conducted a landmark 100G DWDM trial
Tags: Carrier_Routing_System, Cisco, core_routing, CRS, DWDM, ip, ONE, Optical, service_provider, SP, tco, total_cost_of_ownership
Today, Cisco announced its acquisition of ThinkSmart Technologies, a software company that delivers location data analysis using a Wi-Fi infrastructure. Together, Cisco and ThinkSmart will enhance the wireless network infrastructure by providing location analytics to service provider and enterprise customers to more effectively reach end users.
ThinkSmart – headquartered in Cork, Ireland – provides insight into Wi-Fi location analytics alongside historical trends, enabling customers to have greater visibility into movements and patterns of trending data. By integrating ThinkSmart’s technology into Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE), customers will be able to aggregate, analyze, predict and react to consumer behavior. Read More »
Tags: analytics, carrier, Cisco, Enterprise, mobility, SP, wifi
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, mobile network traffic is expected to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month by 2015. Global mobile traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic over this period. Because of this, mobile operators are trying to align this phenomenal network demand with revenue growth.
WiFi represents a significant business opportunity for service providers. Many fixed, mobile or integrated SPs around the globe are either planning on or are already investing in WiFi services. Although commercial Wi-Fi hotspot services operated by specialized providers have existed for more than 15 years, WiFi is a relatively new business for the majority of SPs and has not reached the level of maturity of other well-established, “carrier-grade” communications services. In particular, unlicensed frequencies and less-developed service management capabilities impose operational challenges.
Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) interviewed 14 SP executives worldwide to understand the trends in WiFi operations and the current challenges SPs face. The results are in a paper titled “WiFi for Service Providers: Challenges and Opportunities for Carrier-Class Operations”. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, IBSG, mobile_operators, mobility, service_provider, SP, wifi
On an everyday basis, Greg has demonstrated exemplary blogging skills, but his contributions to award-winning projects that innovatively used social media to connect with fans are not to be overlooked.
A 12-year veteran at Cisco, Greg Smith is a Marketing Manager for Cisco’s Service Provider (SP) Routing & Switching platform. He mainly focuses on the SP Carrier Grade IPv6 solutions (CGv6) and worldwide marketing of Cisco’s Edge solution portfolio, which includes products such as the ASR family of routers.
Greg’s Unique Blogging Talent
Being his team’s lead for global communication efforts, this SME is involved with much of the blog-writing and editing on the SP360 Blog (check out Greg’s Cisco blogger profile). Many of these blog posts have been featured as Cisco’s top 5 blog posts (based on number of number of hits) due to Greg’s attractive writing style which easily captures readers’ attention. Particularly notable is his gift for writing intriguing headlines and connecting technological topics to life analogies as is exemplified with his blog article relating Internet gaming to 100 GB technology and this one showcasing his video on how the network is relevant to NOOAs mission to protect the environment.
As successful as Greg has been with his blogging practice, the highlight of his social achievements have been comprised of his contributions to two exceptional projects—Cisco myPlanNet Game and the ASR 9000 “Robot Arm” demo—for which he acted as the concept designer and promoter. What’s more, both projects were selected as winners of the B2B Marketing Awards in two subsequent years!
The Fun, Educational, and Relevant myPlanNet Simulation Game Read More »
Tags: best practices, blogging, Cisco myPlanNet simulation game, lessons learned, meet our SMEs, Meet Our SMEs blog series, Robot Arm video, Service Provider, SME, SP, subject matter expert