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I Want It!

Ok, I have to admit. Apple marketing gets to me (or is it that Apple marketing gets me?)  Yup, iPhone 4 was announced today and I have to say that soon after I started watching the relevant video I am quickly falling out of love with my iPhone 3GS. Joking aside, this is one cool device but what I am most excited about are two things:

First is FaceTime.  That opening scene on the video is me, let me explain.  A few weeks back I was working from Europe and I was on Skype video with my wife and kid everyday. Granted I would not have paid roaming charges for a voice call from my cell phone but I would have loved the capability of placing a video call over Wi-Fi without having to carry my laptop around.  Now if only Apple would allow a FaceTime call from an iPhone 4 to any other device (laptop, Cisco IP video phone, network connected TV, whatever has a camera and a network connection), but they have phones to sell so I have to respect the network externalities that they are pushing for. 

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The end of unlimited 3G data

Over the past three years that I have been with the Cisco Mobility Solutions team I have witnessed multiple market transitions that are shaping the communications, collaboration and access landscape.

Today, we are experiencing yet another market transition, one that we have been anticipating for quite a while.  AT&T announced the end of unlimited Internet on smartphone devices, such as the Apple iPhone.  To non-US mobile users this may not be a big deal as many international service providers already either cap usage or charge on a per MB or GB for data usage. For those of us in the US however, this is major news that will most certainly have implications in:

  1. User experience and usage patterns
  2. Guest access network (aka Wi-Fi hotspots) proliferation
  3. Enterprise wireless network demand – driven from the continued consumerization of IT

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Cisco CleanAir technology, the Maserati of Wireless Minus the Pricetag

This is not a Crest toothpaste  ad. And we’re not holding a winning Power Ball ticket.  But we are grinning ear to ear with smiles of victory!  It’s been two weeks since InformationWeek announced that the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Point with CleanAir technology won Best of Interop for the Wireless and Mobility category and we still can’t wipe the smiles off of our faces.

Best of Interop

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CleanAir and the Volcanic Cloud


What a week!  With much excitement we announced the latest additions to our 802.11n Access Point Portfolio on Tuesday (among other things).  But the biggest news is our integrated spectrum intelligence technology we call CleanAir – read our press release here – which also won the 2010 Best of Interop Award for Wireless and Mobility.

Judging from press coverage and the excitement that surrounded our demos at Interop of this groundbreaking technology, gives our marketing team a great sense of accomplishment, which has come at a price. Over the past couple of months, and while the team was pulling late hours to prepare for the launch one of my key stakeholders, my wife, was probably one of the few people not excited about this launch.

Questions like “When are you coming home?” dominated our day-time phone conversations, followed by confused night-time talks that sounded like “Clean Air…what?, when I tried to explain to her what the product does.  But I don’t blame her, any time she uses the microwave oven in our house, or talks on the cordless phone she is not on her MacBook Pro surfing the Internet.  Miraculously though, she works on her laptop consistently next to the wireless video baby monitor without noticeable interference.  

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