Cowritten with Usha Andra, Senior Analyst, Visual Networking Index, Service Provider Marketing
Here’s a very brief summary of some of the major mobile milestones that many of us have experienced over the last 15 years, in five-year increments. What did we miss or would you add to these timelines? We’ve also provided a quick snapshot of our projections for the next five years. Let us know what you think…
Pre-2000: The wireless wilderness shows early signs of development
In 1973, the first mobile phone call was placed with the words “guess where I’m calling from?”, the motto of the early days of cellular voice. Mobile phones became commercially available in 1979, but the early phones were expensive and heavy, with large nickel cadmium batteries weighing them down. In the 1990s, lithium ion batteries were introduced, reducing the weight and size of the phones by more than half, and the phones began to be offered at more affordable prices. Also in the early 1990s, 2G phones deploying GSM technology were introduced, marking the shift from analog to digital communications. With GSM, limited data services such as text messaging and paging began to be available. The GPRS standard was introduced in the late 1990s, delivering packet-switched data capabilities to existing GSM networks and allowing users to send graphics-rich data as packets.
2000 – 2005: “Call me”
Mobile voice was still the dominant voice application in this era, but Read More »
Tags: 3G, 4G, 5G, digitization, mobile data traffic, mobile networks, mobile vni, Service Provider, visual networking index
Cisco Live Berlin 2016 is almost here and we would like to highlight a few key points that this event can bring your way. As you know networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Every company in every vertical industry is facing unprecedented competitive pressure from new players making innovative usage of software and data analytics. It forces companies to embark on a digitization journey, which ends up having profound consequences on network infrastructure. You may also already know that the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast predicts significant traffic growth in such networks and Global Cloud Index (GCI) forecasts data center and cloud growth showing that total DC traffic will be 3X going from 2014 to 2019. So we worked out a Cisco service provider strategy to help you to stay ahead of the curve and we are delivering SP solutions to help you transform your business. Such strategy will not only increase the speeds and feeds, but will also provide comprehensive ways of growing your business through the virtualization and programmability of services based on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) innovations. We want Cisco SP technologies and solutions to help increase your profitability and reduce your operational costs while reducing time to market. Cisco’s Open Network Strategy is our vision that fosters new solutions positioned to help you transform the way you handle your day-to-day operations and let you become an empowered provider.
Come visit the Service Provider booth to see how Cisco’s Service Provider Cloud Scale Networking Solutions for the Software Defined Operator are driving transformation through innovation at Cisco Live Berlin, February 15-19, 2016. We will feature demonstrations, product strategy overviews, and much more!
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Tags: cisco live, cloud scale, epn, esp, GCI, NCS 1000, NCS 5000, NCS 5500, NFV, SDN, Service Provider, SP, vni
Welcome to 2016.
I wanted to provide a quick update as we start the new year.
First off, if you did not know, we have a fantastic Small Business support community. There are sections for Routing, Switching, and of course Wireless. In each section you will find a repository of videos on demand on. You will have to register, but it is a quick process. Be sure to check out the knowledge base for our support documents. We also have our device emulators there on the community. The Small Business Support Community Team has been hard at work at improving the already great community, stay tuned for continued improvements.
Now for the good stuff. Yes I saved the best for last…
We have some new products coming up. We have new routers: four new models with web filtering, a VDSL2/Ethernet Wireless AC model, an ADSL2+/Ethernet Wireless-N model, a whole host of new Wireless Access points including a new outdoor model, and a new high-end 500 Series Indoor model.
New switching models include 250 and 350 PoE models adding a whopping sixteen new models.
These new Cisco Small Business products will help you to connect to more, do more for your business, and your business outcomes. Remember, these new models work the best when integrated with other Cisco Small Business models. We have the best support team in the industry. But I’ll save that for another day.
Thanks for spending a few minutes with us.
Marc and Team.
Tags: business, Cisco, dsl, ethernet, Internet of Everything, network, router, Service Provider, small, switch, VLAN, vpn, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
The Internet is the lifeblood of the digital economy. And in the digital economy, there is no growth, no life without the connectivity delivered by service providers across the globe.
Every country, city, industry, and organization is undergoing a digital transformation. Service providers are leading this transformation in their own networks: no longer are they simply connecting places, but now they are connecting things. And not only are they connecting things on the traditional outdoor network, they are expanding to connect things indoors, like in venues, shopping malls, and airports, where traditional approaches to connectivity may not make economic sense.
Whether leveraging technology to enable, differentiate, or even define their digital transformations and business strategies, service providers worldwide are partnering with Cisco for solutions along every stage in the journey. Here are a few examples:
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Tags: Cisco Partner, digital, fira de barcelona, Melita, Service Provider, service providers, smart city networks, spark new zealand, telstra
Ever heard that when you’ve told someone what device you just bought? Or perhaps ”You’ve already upgraded, does everything still work?” As more devices hit the market, they bring with them new platforms and operating systems. Add video delivery into the mix, and the terrain becomes even harder to navigate. But it also brings a huge opportunity; the opportunity to be first with your video and entertainment service.
What does being first really mean? It means that you are the first to offer apps that are compatible with new channels to market. It means continuing to give your customers the content they love when, and how they want it, no matter which platform they use. It means ensuring that when they unbox that new device, yours is one of the first apps or services they use. Being first helps you strengthen customer loyalty and engagement from day one, whilst, of course, ensuring that you continue to provide a quality service on established and legacy platforms.
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At CES 2016, we’ll be showing how you can support a huge range of devices and platforms using our Infinite Video service. Putting DevOps for Video into action, we’ll show you how you can rapidly deliver a broad range of high quality services from the cloud with a consistent user experience.
Thanks to our scale, our partner relationships, and our experience, we can develop solutions that will work on new platforms even before they are released to the market. That way, our customers can continue to monetize their content and services irrespective of the device their consumers are using. By providing this capability to our customers as a service, we free them up to focus on managing their business, not their technology.
So if you’re a content provider, a rights owner, or service provider, visit us at CES 2016. We’ll demonstrate how our customers are monetizing on great content and services, no matter what device or network their consumers use. And you’ll see how Cisco is putting its customers first… in more ways than one!
To find out more, follow us on Twitter @CiscoSP360.
Tags: Cisco Service Provider, consumer electronic show, devops, Infinite Video, Service Provider