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December 13, 2007  6:47 PM

Cisco Dips Toe into “New Media”?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, Networking, Open source, Social networking

Cisco made an exploratory foray into the new media space at its C-scape conference, with a short discussion of its architecture for social and entertainment portals, EOS. This open-source framework is expected to be available to developers in 2008. There were no real details of Cisco's plans here,...

December 10, 2007  9:50 PM

Dueling Cisco/Juniper Ethernet switch rumors

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Ethernet, Internet, IP services

Rumors continue to spin around a new Juniper enterprise Ethernet switch and a competing Cisco product launched, not surprisingly, at about the same time. As we reported last week, financial analysts were predicting that Juniper would launch its Ethernet switch on January 29th in New York at a...

December 4, 2007  12:51 PM

Motorola shakeup to cause industry trickle-down?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
IP services, Networking

Motorola's president, Ed Zander, stepped down and will be succeeded by Greg Brown. The company has been under pressure because of poor stock performance, and it is this that makes the departure of Mr. Zander interesting. There are many companies that Wall Street believes have not met shareholder...

November 26, 2007  5:41 PM

Net neutrality at heart of Internet capacity issue

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Internet, Metro Area Networks

The study commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance that showed the Internet running out of capacity by the next decade is coming under criticism as favoring the telco perspective. We believe that the study's conclusions on Internet capacity...

November 21, 2007  1:53 PM

Carrier Ethernet creates equipment market shifts

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Routers, Switches

Research is confirming what many have noticed anecdotally: Cisco, Juniper and Nortel are gaining in the carrier router-switch market and Alcatel-Lucent is declining. The shift is likely driven in large part by the shifts toward Carrier Ethernet deployment from traditional routing, a shift that...

November 20, 2007  6:50 PM

Earthlink shuts down WiFi effort

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, ISP, Wi-Fi

Earthlink has decided to shut down its efforts to create a series of municipal WiFi networks to bolster its sagging ISP business. The decision was inevitable in our view, because as we have noted often there is no way that fixed wireless technology can support consumer broadband requirements that...

November 20, 2007  3:33 PM

Internet traffic growth could be $150 billion problem

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Internet, Video Adapter

A study predicts that the unbridled downloading of content will increase Internet and broadband access traffic to the point where serious slowdowns could occur by 2010, and an investment of nearly $150B would be required to fix the problem. The exact numbers and dates here may require some...

November 13, 2007  3:25 PM

Hammerhead Systems’ service-based PBT strategy

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, MPLS

Hammerhead Systems has announced a service-based PBT (Provider Backbone Transport) strategy that adds the MEF E-LAN and E-Tree connection models to the traditional PBT E-Line model. The move is the first in the industry to aim PBT directly at creating retail services rather than at managing traffic...

October 29, 2007  1:48 AM

On FiOS growth and Verizon strategies…

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Messaging, Optical, Triple play services

Verizon reported earnings that were higher than expected, but not a blow-out. The most interesting numbers released were for FiOS, which added over 200,000 customers in the quarter and is now approaching the three-quarters-of-a-million mark. And, like AT&T did earlier, Verizon is showing off...

October 25, 2007  1:58 PM

Stopping the revenue-per-bit plunge

Posted by: Tom Nolle
IP services, Routers

October 25 2007 regarding the future of routers and routing. Internet pioneer Lawrence Roberts thinks that the cost of routing threatens the Internet's future. The view is somewhat self-serving given that Roberts is a founder of an alternative-to-routing company, and it also discounts some current...

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