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Ready for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015!

Brian's GarageIn just a couple of days, many of you will be taking planes, trains, and automobiles to sunny Barcelona. I see that the weather forecast is for 65ºF / 19ºC for the opening day of Mobile World Congress. I really appreciate how the MWC timeframe has gradually crept closer to Spring over these past few years. Maybe you are not paying attention to the weather as much as me. You would if you had the same view that I have out my window, where it is currently 20ºF / -6ºC. Yes, I should clean off my roof. But I do like that my garage roof serves as an historical record of the unmerciful winter we have had here in Boston in northeast U.S., where we have had over 100 inches / 250 cm of snow so far.

So my main point is, if you don’t go to MWC 2015 next week, you are going to miss Read More »

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The Mobile Paradox – Why Are There Price Wars in a Time of Plenty?

One of the first lessons that every economics student is taught is “supply and demand” – the fundamental economic principle that price goes up with increased demand. Yet we are witnessing the opposite to these age old principles in the mobile business. Despite phenomenal demand for mobility services, the mobile operators that provide these services are engaged in a fierce price war.

MNO

Faster, sleeker, and more powerful mobile devices, running countless of applications have transformed businesses and our personal lives. The insatiable demand for mobile devices Read More »

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Sun, Sand, and APIs: Cisco CMX (Connected Mobile Experiences) in Action at the 1st Annual UCSB Beachside Hackathon

I’ve always enjoyed my work in coding. Sure, some days it can be monotonous, frustrating, and terrible on my back and eyes, but more often than not I find myself elated to be able to intricately manipulate letters, numbers, symbols, and lines to form a beautiful new creation. Being able to see that same elation within the eyes of so many young and eager minds this past weekend, reminded me (once again) of what incredible opportunities we have to further technology and better our world.

Cisco CMX in Action at the 1st Annual UCSB Beachside Hackathon1

University of California, Santa Barbara’s first annual beachside hackathon was held from January 30 to February 1 and hosted over 500 participants. The students came from all over California to both show and tell Read More »

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Cisco the Voice Over Wi-Fi Leader: Improves New Features and Performance

Voice over Wi-Fi

With its native support in Apple’s iOS 8.0, Voice over Wi-Fi (aka Wi-Fi Calling) has suddenly gotten a lot of attention. With Voice over Wi-Fi, a mobile phone which used to be only limited to placing and receiving calls and texting when “cellular coverage” was present, can now use Wi-Fi to provide the same service!

Cisco Voice over Wifi Leader

Voice over Wi-Fi Benefits Everybody

Mobile Network Operator (MNO) can not only “offload” their data traffic to Wi-Fi networks but now can do the same with the voice traffic. Voice over WI-Fi allows them to also extend their services further and at much lower cost than Read More »

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APAC leads Global mobile trends

The annual Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Forecast, just out, once again shows the phenomenal growth expected in the mobile industry, e.g. more than 5.2 billion global mobile users by 2019 and 10-fold mobile traffic growth over the next five years. See Thomas Barnett’s blog to learn more.

For me the interest is to look into the APAC specific trends and the unique characteristics of this very diverse region. APAC averages show trends similar to the Global view, but let’s compare super developed Japan with the developing markets in Indonesia and India also:

Cisco VNI Mobile Data APAC Statistics for 2014

Cisco VNI Mobile Data APAC Statistics for 2014

Some observations on demand; Developed markets are already dominated by smart devices and their large data consumption, but driven by new connections (multiple devices per user and M2M(machine 2 machine)) demand still grows. Developing markets are still migrating Read More »

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