internet

September 12, 2016

SP360: SERVICE PROVIDER

A Few Words on Streaming Piracy Operations… and the Limitations of Current Anti-Piracy Measures

By Ted Rose, Operational Security, Service Provider Video Software and Solutions, Cisco Many (if not most!) service providers identify illegal streaming as the next big threat to their business. The problem is that in the multi-faceted, continuously expanding landscape of illegal streaming, it’s hard to define the enemy and even more difficult to choose the […]

Lift and Shift Is Necessary but Not Sufficient

Originally published in the book: Gray, Ken & Nadeau, Thomas. Network Function Virtualization, 1st Edition. (2016). Morgan Kaufman, also available here. This book by Ken and Tom on NFV is perhaps the first time they’ve laid out both a fantastic review of the vast landscape of technologies related to virtualized networking and woven in a subtle […]

Beyond DRM: How to prevent video piracy in the digital age

Digital piracy is rife and stakes are higher than ever for service providers. So how can you build on DRM to reduce copyright infringement and minimize losses? The very nature of video piracy means it’s tough to put an accurate figure on global levels. But some estimates claim illegal streaming makes up about 24% of […]

Has Internet growth peaked?

Will the Internet continue to grow at historical rates, or has growth peaked? This was the question was posed by Sanjay Patel of CableLabs to the panelists on the Bandwidth Consumption Trends panel during the August 2016 CableLabs Summer conference. I was pleased to have been invited to participate in the panel, alongside Rob Kenny […]

Networks of the Future: Extreme Times Call for Extreme Measures!

Here’s an observation that happened to serve as the basis of a keynote I had the opportunity to give the other day, at the TIA 2016 “Network of the Future” conference, in Dallas: Yes, it would be wonderful indeed if broadband service providers saw 50% annual revenue growth — if only to offset that 50% […]

November 20, 2015

NETWORKING

Your Right to Choose Your WAN Connectivity and Your Right to Security

Still too often, nowadays, I look at my phone and my stomach drops. I see: “3G”… Even worse, I see: “1x”… I think to myself: It’s the year 2015 and the world is becoming increasingly digitized. IDC’s Internet of Things Forecast states that there will be 4 billion people using 50 billion devices all in […]

November 3, 2015

NETWORKING

Tunneling: Faster, More Secure, and Cost-Effective Connectivity for Your Network

No, I’m not talking about schematics for the Hyperloop (although I’m pretty excited about flying through California in a suction pipe). I’m talking about an even more important network in today’s digitized world: the WAN. Recent trends such as bring-your-own-device, mobility, and cloud computing have led to a surge in the number and types of […]

September 25, 2015

HIGH TECH POLICY

As Two Digital Divides Close, A New One Threatens

Five years ago when it was created, the UN Commission for Digital Development stated that “the digital divide continues to be a development divide that must quickly be bridged.” Since then, huge progress has been made in closing the digital divides in the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly telephones and the Internet. […]

The History and Future of Internet Traffic

I remember when 1 Mbps was big bandwidth. And 45 Mbps was unbelievably, outlandishly huge bandwidth. One spring day in 1995, at the headquarters of a large technology company outside of Dallas, there was excited chatter at the proverbial water cooler about the T3 access line that was being installed. A T3 line! Nearly 45 […]