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NBA All-Star Jam 2011: Connecting NBA Players with Fans Over Cisco ūmi-Part 2

The Cisco ūmi “Get Together” Mobile Tour made a big splash at the NBA All-Star Jam Session 2011 this weekend! As a part of this four-day event, we brought NBA players and Legends with their biggest fans over Cisco ūmi.

Check out Part 2 of “Connecting NBA Players with Fans Over Cisco ūmi” to join in the excitement of fans after they had the chance to meet their favorite players!

Click here to view exclusive photos from the event!

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Visualizing Global Mobile Data Traffic Growth

Networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Many residential, business, and mobile IP networking trends are being driven largely by a combination of video, social networking and advanced online collaboration applications — when described together, it’s called “visual networking.”

The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) is the company’s ongoing effort to forecast and analyze the growth and use of IP networks worldwide. Earlier this month, we announced the latest report, the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2010-2015. The following is a thought-provoking summary of the key findings — see how we visualize the future of the Mobile Internet.

Please feel free to include this Cisco VNI animation video in your own blog posts.

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NBA All-Star Jam 2011: Connecting NBA Players with Fans Over Cisco ūmi

On Day 2 at the NBA All-Star Jam Session 2011 in Los Angeles, fans anxiously waited to connect with their favorite NBA players and Legends via Cisco ūmi.

Check out this exclusive video to hear fans reactions! (The reactions are PRICELESS)

If you are at the NBA All-Star Jam Session, make sure you stop by the Cisco ūmi “Get Together” Mobile Tour van to experience connecting with your favorite NBA players and Legends yourself!

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NBA All-Star Jam Session 2011: Name That NBA Player Over Cisco ūmi

On Day 1 at the NBA All-Star Jam Session, we had hundreds of fans come aboard the Cisco ūmi Tour Van to play “Name That NBA Player Over Cisco ūmi!”

Fans were put on both sides of the tour van and asked to match the photos and names of as many NBA players as they could in 24 seconds. Families and friends anxiously awaited to compete against each other to see who could walk away with bragging rights!

Check out this exclusive video to see their experience and to hear reactions of fans after they demoed ūmi.

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Another Great Mobile World Congress Ends

Musings, factoids and random thoughts from the just-completed Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona:

  • This may be the only place on the planet in which there are lines outside the men’s rooms, but not at the ladies’ rooms.

But even more seriously, folks . . .

  • MWC continues to enhance its position as a major worldwide technology show and the most important event focusing on the service provider segment
  • The initial tally revealed that >60,000 – a record – attended
  • Verizon, AT&T and Google exhibited for the first time
  • Major topics of interest were monetization and video . . . conveniently, also major topics for Cisco. 
  • IP has never been more relevant at MWC than it was this year
  • Policy was another major subject – also fitting nicely into the Cisco story of intelligence in the network.  Quality of experience got a lot of attention, too
  • And applications enablement – “It’s not just the network that matters,” one analyst said.  “It’s the network PLUS the apps that run on top of it.  At the end of the day, it’s apps that make the real difference.”
  • Cisco enjoyed record interest, holding more than 600 meetings with customers, prospects, partners, analysts and media
  • Cisco’s MOVE (monetization, optimization, Videoscape experience) was well received by analysts
  • One operator told Cisco that voice is now comprises only 1% of its total traffic

Analyst Observations:

  • “The definition of the ‘busy hour’ for the network has expanded to 19 hours, thanks to video.”
  • “There is a lot more positive feeling this year . . . maybe that means the world economy is on the mend.”
  • Several analysts – unsolicited – remarked on Cisco’s ability to define a vision and drive conversations.  “You’ve done a great job of launching visions and architectural plays,”
  • Regarding Cisco’s MOVE announcement, one analyst remarked, “A lot of smaller optimization guys are losing sleep because you’re moving into this space.”
  • “The big factor [to operators] is not necessarily [a vendor’s] technology portfolio.  It’s about services and flexible business relationships.  Especially in emerging markets.”
  • “Monetization is what is keeping operators awake at night.”
  • Regarding the continuing decline of the fixed lines: “At a lot of the operators, the mobile guys are in charge now, not the fixed-line guys.”

In closing . . .

  • MWC will start two weeks later in 2012 – even closer to the CTIA Wireless event than before . . . a coincidence??
  • Next year is the last of MWC‘s current pact with Barcelona.  Munich, Paris and Milan are trying to lure the show from Barcelona, and some people were hearing that Munich had the inside track.  We’ll see.

Wherever the event ends up, let’s do something about those lines at the men’s rooms.  OK?

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