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Africa – Connected Continent – At Last

If you haven’t looked at opportunities in Africa in the last couple of years, it’s time to take another look. A massive amount of new internet connectivity is creating new possibilities for the continent, changing the face of Africa forever.  The economic and social development opportunities created by high speed, stable and affordable internet access were something that the people of Africa could only dream of until relatively recently – now that dream is fast becoming a reality. Read More »

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Broadband Enables Radical New Efficiencies

By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

How many problems can broadband Internet access solve?

U.S. television news commentator Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, wrote a compelling essay in the New York Times several years ago, asking why his home state and North Dakota, with a population of 1.5 million, maintained some 17 institutes of higher education. He noted that it was “a carry-over from the early 20th century when travel was more difficult and farm families wanted their children close by during harvest season.”

He posed a very rational question: “Couldn’t the two states get a bigger bang for their higher education buck if they consolidated their smaller institutions into, say, the Dakota Territory College System, with satellite campuses but a common administration and shared standards?”

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Before the Climb: Cisco Engineer Takes Us with Him to Mt Everest

In early May, Cisco engineer, Brian Dickinson will be at the base camp on Mt Everest just hours before his ascent. We plan to be there with him.

Before he leaves the States, he will talk with us while he’s still at sea level – from his home – so we can learn more about what is motivating his incredible drive.

Meet Brian via WebEx this Thursday! Register now!

Brian is on a mission to climb The Seven Summits, to take toys to orphanages in the countries he visits and raise money for AIDS Research. His personal journey has become an amazing global adventure that is reaching far beyond his expectations.

We will have a chance to meet Brian at sea level this Thursday. He will visit with us via WebEx to describe his journey and talk about his first three climbs. Then, on April 1, via Cisco Telepresence, Brian will conduct a science class for kids at an orphanage in Katmandu.

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Do you use the word “today” in your emails?

The other day I was reading a blog post from the Guardian’s Mind Your Language Blog and was interested to learn that The Guardian is following in The BBC’s footsteps and has dropped most references to words like “today”, “tomorrow”, “yesterday”, “tonight” and so on from reports on their website. Many of their readers are spread out across the globe and such words will have different meanings for them, depending on which time zone they are in. These national newspapers feel that by including words like “yesterday” and “today” (unless a day is still relevant), they are in fact excluding a large sector of their readers. Read More »

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Innovation: The Cisco and Librestream Video Collaboration Solution

I’m really excited by this new Cisco and Librestream MMVC solution. Lots of information out on the web, and lots of questions so I thought I’d put a brief video together to give you an introduction and to see if we can get a discussion going and also to see if we can answer some of the questions for you. The video starts talking about what really matters. What are the pain-points that manufacturers and industry have today? How do they get hold of the right people to fix things if something goes wrong, and how can they say ‘I see what you mean now’ – and really mean it?

All this matters because keeping things running matters. Being able to communicate effectively in real time using video, speech and pictures – globally, if need be – matters. Knowing what’s going on and having clearer visibility matters. Working out what to do next, whether it’s developing a new product or fixing an operational problem fast, matters a lot.

I was fortunate to catch up with Librestream’s Vice President of Marketing and Client Services, Marieke Wijtkamp, and let her answer some of your questions. You’ll see what Marieke has to say and find out more about the solution in a moment… Read More »

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