Mobile World Congress isn’t just about mobility anymore.
In fact, this year’s convention, which features everything under the sun that connects to a network and the underlying networking technology itself, is a clear indicator that Cisco’s vision for an Internet of Everything (IoE) world is not far off.
One area of focus this year is the fast-growing managed network and communication services market, which is expected to grow to $62 billion dollars by 2018. Savvy service providers like Telecom Italia, Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Telstra are leveraging virtualization technology to efficiently launch new revenue-generating services to their small- and medium-sized business customers.
At Mobile World Congress 2015, Telecom Italia and Cisco announced that Telecom Italia intends to deliver new Cisco-enabled managed business services, including Cisco Meraki, throughout Italy as part of its innovative LAN management offering.
DT announced the launch of a Cloud VPN offering, DT’s first commercial service based on its centralized Pan-European IP network. It was designed and developed using a collaborative “devops” philosophy by Cisco and DT. The service was first made available to customers via DT’s subsidiaries in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia from March 2.
Telstra and Cisco announced their intention to extend their strategic collaboration by giving Telstra’s domestic and global business customers a unified, on-demand suite of cloud and managed network services.
“Virtualization and cloud open up new ways to bring enterprise-class IT services within easy reach of SMBs,” said Dr. Elias Drakopoulos (pictured right), senior vice president, Deutsche Telekom AG, at a Cisco press conference held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.