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

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A new era for PTTs…

The most happening news story in the telecom industry where billions of dollars are being invested today is obviously that of the National Broadband Network in Australia. The investment is happening as a Government initiative leading to the creation of an open-access service provider (Australian NBN Co.) which turns the conventional belief that PTTs never did any country any good on its head. This is not the first Government to have gone back to the PTT era temporarily to give its citizens a jump-started communications facility – Singapore and, closer home, New Zealand too have embarked on similar initiatives, with Singapore, not surprisingly, being in the more advanced state. Continue reading

A highly demanding lifestyle

Applications in handsetsPhone with apps

Recently, one of our customers was looking out for a solution to identify and throttle certain types of data traffic happening on account of user applications on handsets. The application that was developed as part of a successful developer program involved multimedia content flowing to/from the user’s phone. The bill plan was so lax that a single user had actually transacted Terabytes of data in one month for next to no cost! The customer was looking out for a DPI tool that can help throttle bandwidth for such users without compromising privacy laws of the land. Continue reading