By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
State-of-the-art broadband services still don’t reach many parts of the African continent, especially rural villages. But one consumer technology is pervasive: cell phones.
According to the Cisco VNI Service Adoption Forecast, there will be 1.3 billion consumer mobile devices across the Middle East and Africa by 2016 – a billion of them being basic feature phones, not smartphones. At the same time, mobile video is expected to be the fastest-growing service in the region, with 184 million users projected by 2016.
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Tags: africa, healthcare, ICT4D, mobile video, rural, vni, VNI-SA
Video in the workplace has never been more important. As we continue to use new communication technologies in the office to interact on the job and at home to achieve a greater work life balance, video calling is a large part of our increasingly productive lives. Businesses are improving collaboration between workers, building client relationships, and reducing travel with video calling. In fact, according to Cisco’s most recent VNI study, the global market for business video conferencing will reach $14 billion by 2017.
Tags: Cisco, infographic, interoperability, TelePresence, video calling, vni
By Michele Baker-Cuthbert, Guest Columnist
Remember the early days of 3-D movies as a kid and watching the classics, like the Creature from the Black Lagoon as it terrorized people from under water?
Whenever Hollywood comes out with a new 3-D movie, people get excited to attend due to the thrill of the movie. Many users consider the difference in experience between in-theatre vs at-home.
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Tags: 3D TV, digital TV, entertainment, trends, vni, VNI-SA
By Laura Walker Hudson, Guest Columnist
FrontlineSMS grew out of a conviction that mobile could be a more powerful tool if it was made completely accessible to smaller teams and projects as a professional tool. Also known as text messaging, SMS is the most widespread digital communications platform to date and is still growing. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Service Adoption Forecast predicts that 90% of global mobile subscribers will be using SMS by 2016, up from 74% in 2011.
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Tags: africa, FrontlineSMS, Kenya, mobile technology, mobile vni forecast, NGO, sms, text messaging, vni, VNI-SA
Video is quickly becoming the dominant form of communications. According to Cisco’s most recent Visual Network Index (VNI), people are increasingly spending more time on the Internet communicating with video. For video to become a pervasive natural communications alternative, it is crucial for consumers and businesses alike to use standard-based technologies that work seamlessly together to deliver a connected-product experience. Interoperability is the key to realizing the full potential of video calling; I see a future where video is at the center of our personal and professional relationships and where video calling is as easy as a phone call.
Tags: Cisco, infographic, interoperability, TelePresence, video, visual network index, vni