Overhauling Backhaul

It is amazing how the connectivity systems within a mobile network (Backhaul/Transport) have evolved over the  last two decades – from 2G voice only services to our modern LTE world where even voice could be served through a packet switched network. Such evolution is always haphazard, driven by real-time traffic demands and ends up making the network messier and messier over time.

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The Cheshire Cat

In Lewis Caroll’s masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, there is a character called Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat is a grinning cat who could disappear (become invisible) and reappear at will. Sometimes, the cat would disappear but would leave its “grin” behind.

I was recently in a Panel Discussion where we were debating what would be a future telco and what would be considered a good customer experience in those scenarios. I ended up speaking about Cheshire Cat…

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Operator Agnostic Networks

I recently read an article on Services in the context Enterprise Networks. The article put the size of the market at a figure that was at-least two times the size of Services for Carrier Networks. This obviously meant one of two things – the world-wide Enterprise Networks are several times larger than public carrier networks or Enterprise Networks are far more complex consuming more Services for its upkeep than that for Carriers.

Without being judgmental about these two points, there is no denying the fact that the Enterprise Networks Market is larger than that for Carriers.

As is my wont – started day dreaming ( 🙂 ) about the following terminology: Over the Top Network and Operator Agnostic Network.

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From “Whenever” To “In The Moment”

Wishing all my friends and followers a very Happy and Prosperous 2013!

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After the short break, I thought I will start with a post about how partying on New Year’s Eve has changed for me over the years. There is a very significant trend that I see, especially in the way people greet others wishing them luck in the New Year.

But first a look at New Year’s Eve past…

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Defending Low Entry Barriers

Read a news report that Cisco has announced it’s intention to acquire Meraki Inc., a California based privately held provider of cloud based solutions. From what I understood, Meraki’s solutions allow Cloud based Management of on-premise networking gear. Looks like Cisco intends to use Meraki’s solutions along with Cisco’s Unified Access platform. This prompted me to ponder about defending low entry barrier businesses. Let me explain why… Continue reading

A Sense Of Déjà Vu

The topic which I have come across in recent meetings across a wide spectrum of industry representatives is “Software Defined Networks” or SDN. Across Service Providers, Equipment Vendors, Software Vendors and System Integrators, and from East Asia to California, the most happening stuff seems to be SDN.
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