Cisco is making a serious bet on the cloud market, announcing that it will invest $1 billion over the next two years to expand its Intercloud offering, while linking to over 30 partner cloud providers' data centers.
One of the more intriguing demos during CTIA's Super Mobility Week event in early September was at the Ericsson booth, where the vendor installed a row of stadium seating that let folks relax for a bit and watch multiple screens full of multicast sports content. The demo highlighted the types of offerings that are possible with not just LTE Multicast--a technology that is on lots of operators' minds--but Wi-Fi Multicast as well.
LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. And while numerous operators are laying out plans to deploy LTE Multicast, a complementary technology--Wi-Fi Multicast--has already been deployed by venue owners and is being considered by both mobile operators and cable MSOs.
SHANGHAI--Huawei has added its voice to the growing chorus of companies predicting massive growth in the communications sector: The Chinese company said that, based on a new global survey of business executives, it now expects a total of 100 billion connections (both human and machine) by 2025, a figure that includes 8 billion smartphones.
Signaling the strength and capacity of the cable broadband market, DOCSIS channel shipments surpassed a quarterly benchmark of 1 million for the first time in Q2, reaching 1.2 million, Infonetics reports.
Telstra Global has taken another step forward in its U.S. service expansion with plans to add its cloud-based communications platform, Whispir Conversation, to its business offering this month.
Cisco might still be the dominant router vendor in terms of units sold, but its influence appears to be slipping.
Telstra is playing into its global customers' mobile nature by introducing a cloud-based unified communications (UC) service that it said can enable business customers to communicate and collaborate regardless of their location.
Cisco said it will cut 6,000 jobs, or 8 percent of its workforce, as it forecasted tepid growth going forward. However, CEO John Chambers said he thinks the shift in the network infrastructure market to software-defined networking will benefit the vendor.
Cisco is going reduce its headcount again, announcing that it will cut 6,000 jobs due to slumping sales of its core routing and switching products and slower-than-expected growth in emerging markets.