For a large majority of the world, cooking is simple, fun, even easy some would say. I, sadly, am not part of that large majority - I like to think I represent the less talented cooks that exists out there who are familiar to the smell of burnt food. I am sure as you are reading this far you are thinking, "Why am I reading about a stranger's lack of cooking skills in a Mobility Community space?". To answer that question, it is because a smartphone app will save my Thanksgiving Dinner (and potentially my house). This app, which I have grown to love is called Turkey Timer. According to this app, you:


                                   "Enter the weight of your turkey, whether it's stuffed, your desired internal temperature,

                                    and whether you plan to baste the turkey.    Using algorithms based on top cookbook

                                    instructions, TurkeyTimer will track the approximate brownness of your turkey, the

                                    approximate internal temperature of your turkey, and about how long it will be until

                                    you can take the turkey out of the oven."



       Hopefully my future Turkey     


Maybe I am too easily amazed, but if you told me ten years ago that I would be using a phone device to help me cook dinner, I probably would've bet you $100 that would not be the case and run off with my phone and play Snake, the only thing it was capable of other than dialing a number. With mobile devices so readily available and, for me personally, becoming such an everyday reference, I can't help but wonder who thinks of these genius apps for smart phones that I suddenly can't live without. Cooking should be fun and easy-going, just like the Holidays and thanks to smartphone apps, I am one step closer to becoming a master chef! .. well, maybe not that close. But I'm about 82.137% more confident that I won't be burning any turkeys this year for Thanksgiving!


Coming Up

Look forward to more blog posts relating the two things I love: Technology and the Holidays.


More Resources

February 2012 The Latest Gadgets: Determining Factors in the Rules of Attraction

January 2012 Holiday/Tech Post The Birth of the Mobile Phone

December 2011 Holiday/Tech Post: QR Codes: Making the Holidays Easier

By: Craig Conaway


Mobile Internet For the Masses


Residents and visitors cringe when they consider the infamous traffic congestion faced trying to mobilize even the smallest fraction of Mumbai’s 20 million people over poor infrastructure – both on the roads and connecting over legacy networks. We had the distinct pleasure of experiencing this first hand this month, via a Friday evening taxi ride to visit the general manager of a prominent Indian service provider, in Navi Mumbai, starting from Cisco’s office in central Mumbai.

This “ride” got us thinking about the power of the mobile internet spreading across such massive metropolitan areas, opening up hope for the masses to get access to an enjoyable journey across Mumbai’s Mobile Internet, and maybe offering telecommuting as much greener, and more productive alternative to multi-hour traffic jams. But how to connect the masses to the mobile Internet?

The density of slums in most every sector of the city make it clear that a“fiber to every home” approach wouldn’t cut it. But that’s OK, because next generation packet microwave helps create coverage “over the top” of almost anything, and in India, microwave accounts for about 90% of the backhaul transport.

And as it happens, the GM we met has been working with vendors that we also work with, including NEC, NSN & Dragonwave, which has just announced their intent to acquire NSN’s microwave. So the discussion went rather smoothly, as we began exploring cost-effective methods for “unifying” the mobile backhaul network, using several forms of transport, interconnecting several types of radios, migrating from pure TDM microwave and SDH “rings” to more hybrid and packet microwave, aggregating on Carrier Ethernet rings, wherever we could afford to locate them.

So the journey of laying out a "Unified RAN Backhaul" as a foundation for bringing mobile internet access to the masses in Mumbai begins.. and maybe next year, even if the traffic jams remain notoriously painful, we hope to ease our stress in running late to meetings, with the option to start our meetings“on the road” via Cisco’s mobile WebEx…


More Resources


Start from the beginning: Cisco RAN Backhaul on the M.O.VE #1: World Tour


Watch a live webcast: Architecting Mobile Backhaul for the Next Generation Internet with presenter Robert Synnestvedt, Mobility Marketing Manager, Cisco. Learn about techniques that are proving to improve profitability of Mobile Backhaul Networks.


Read what others are saying about IP RAN Backhaul for Mobile Networks by viewing a past tweetchat transcript here. Tweetchats are online conversations held at a pre-arranged date/time between a group of Twitter users.

By: Jonathan Morgan

I just returned from the LTE North America event in Dallas. I had to keep a low profile in the city being both a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and a New England Patriots football fan. The Dallas faithful were not too happy with me.


The best line that summarizes the event was from the host Informa: “LTE in US is sizzling while it's simmering in the rest of the world.” All of the major U.S. operators presented at the event talking about either their LTE role outs or their plans moving forward. Keynotes from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint highlights the fact that LTE is here now! Even Google showed up to present their vision. 


LTE NA does not leave out the smaller North American operators. Cricket presented an interesting view on the need for the smaller players to band together to provide a 3rd national operator. They also discussed planning for the 50GB per month customer (across all access mechanisms – fixed, mobile,etc.). Metro PCS, Cellcom, US Cellularall had exciting visions of the migration of their networks to LTE and to other technologies. The need for Small Cells was clearly emphasized by both operators and vendors to address challenges with both Spectrum and physics. Other topics of interest included the growing area of Machine-to-Machine, policy control, devices, optimization, and QoS. 


The highlight of the event for me was seeing my colleague and friend Aeneas Dodd-Noble win the award for “Contribution to LTE Development (Individual Award).” Aeneas has been one of the key external partners for Verizon Wireless on their 4G Launch. I know when I need to know anything about LTE, Aeneas is the first person I think of. Aeneas has helped make the largest LTE deployment in the world successful. We congratulate him for this well deserved award.


                                                       Aeneas Dodd-Noble


From my own part, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out for my presentation on “Deploying Voice and Video over LTE.” While the session was the last one of the first day, a great audience turned out to listen to the drivers and issues for migrating voice, video and messaging from a circuit environment to an all-IP environment. Visual communications is now an integral part of how users interact. My own son uses Xbox, Skype, and his Smartphone in a very interactive way to communicate – all over IP – without circuit switching. The Cisco solution enables both Circuit Switched Fallback and/or OneVoice/IMS based solutions. The focus on our solutions is not just voice, but the full suite of interactive communications services – thus V2oLTE (Voice and Video and Messaging).   


More Resources


Watch Jim O'Leary, SP Mobility Marketing, Cisco, speak with Aeneas Dodd-Noble as they discuss LTE deployment at Verizon Wireless and celebrate Aeneas's 2011 LTE NA Award (via Cisco SP360: Service Provider Blog).


Watch Jonathan Morgan in his webcast held on November 17, 2011 at 9:00am(PST) as he discussed V2oLTE, efficient migrations and optimization of deliveries.


Register now for a Voice and Video over LTE webcast on November 29, 2011 at 8am(PST), 11am(EST) to learn about key deployment strategies. Speakers will be Jonathan Morgan (Director, Product Marketing MITG, Cisco) and Dennis Fiore (Product Management, Mobile Internet Technology Group, Cisco).

No major revelations today - just some fun with numbers...


As pointed out by Mary Meeker in her most recent update to the KPCB Internet Trends (2011) report, the GSM Association has announced that approximately 85% of the world's population is now covered by a commercial wireless network.  This does not mean that mobile penetration worldwide is at 85%, or that 8.5 of every 10 people have a cell phone.  In fact, mobile penetration still stands at approximately 77%.  Instead, it means that 85% of the world's population has the ABILITY to HAVE a cell phone.


This number is staggering for two reasons:


1) When compared to the United Nations report on the global electrical grid, more people (85%) have access to a cell phone than have ability to charge it (80%).  In fact, should the charging problem be resolved (generators, centralized power sources), the cell phone might be the brightest light in some people's houses.


2) With 6.975 billion people in the world (per the US Census Bureau World Population Clock), this points to potential 5.9 billion mobile subscribers.  Given that there were 5.3 billion mobile subscribers at the end of 2010, approximately 90% of the world's population who CAN have a mobile phone DO have a mobile phone. The land grab for subscribers is nearing its end, and growth is harder to come by for traditional mobile carriers.  Going forward, mobile carriers will have to (a) increase coverage maps to reach new subscribers (b) monetize existing subscribers differently (c) churn subscribers from other carriers

By: Darshita Maniar


Hi Everyone! My name is Darshita Maniar and this is my first blog since I joined Cisco in August! As a new grad hire for the Service Provider Marketing Mobility team, I got to attend my first mobility conference, Open Mobile Summit 2011, last week in San Francisco! I had a wide range of experiences, from learning about the new, up-to-date mobility trends from some of the most respected technology gurus in the Silicon Valley to discussing each attendee's perspectives on how mobile our world is becoming.


The 3-day conference covered perspectives from multiple angles onhow mobility is viewed in the world today. Executives from the service provider industry spoke on the new emerging 4G mobile broadband technology, new businessdynamics and monetization models for the entire value chain. Representatives from mobile payment companies, investment firms, entertainment companies,mobile advertising, mobile enterprise, mobile healthcare and more discussed the future of each industry and where the market momentum is going.


I would have to say that my favorite part of the conference was the time I spent meeting different attendees from different mobile companies and discussing the opportunities and trends in the mobile technology industry.The panels were great, very interactive and allowed the audience to feel like they are a part of the conversation instead of listening to the conversation.


Throughout the event I met some interesting people who were very passionate about the future of mobility. To learn more about peoples' perspectives on mobility, I played a word association game with some of the speakers and attendees from the conference, asking them " What is the first word that comes to your mind when I say the word: "mobility"? I got some interesting and unique responses. To find out what peoples' responses were, watch my video from the summit below:




Thanks for watching and reading, and I will be back in February with updates from Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona!


Darshita Maniar

SP Mobility Marketing Manager


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Open Mobile Summit 2011 Wrap Up

By: Jonathan Morgan


I spoke last week at 4G World in Chicago, and for those of you who missed my star turn in the Windy City, I recorded this short video recapping my presentation on the mobile network evolution to IP. 


My primary message was simply to remind folks that while the majority of your CapEx may go toward the “traditional” portion of the mobile network, the majority of your monetization opportunities rely on the “next-generation”, or IP, portion. 


And operators need to move quickly to keep up with the rapid evolution of mobile IP services, because as we all know, if customers can’t get what they want from one service provider, another service provider is only a voice over IP call away. 



Not sure if any of you had the opportunity to make it out to Open Mobile Summit last week in San Francisco, but the show, per usual, was a great representation of the fragmented business models developing in the mobile industry as both content producers and traditional mobile carriers seek to fill some of the profitability gaps caused by the decline in their traditional businesses. 


The rise of broadband mobile data networks and highly-advanced smartphones is an industry-wide problem and requires industry-wide attention.  There is clearly a focus on this across-the-board, in many isolated pockets.  Within these pockets, however, there seems to be a good deal of agreement on the trends that will drive the industry.  With the exception of Lightsquared, who is intent on "commoditizing wireless access as quickly as possible" and "being the dumbest pipe there is," the focus of the show was on how to drive new monetization schema and improve the subscriber experience.  Just some tidbits from the panels I was able to attend:


  • eBay transitioning their business from pure electronic commerce to the integration of eCommerce and traditional in-store purchasing behavior.  Interestingly, more and more store merchants are recognizing the need to integrate the in-store "shopping experience" with that of the digital universe.  The mCommerce conversations were full of confirmation.


  • Google, Paypal, Visa are eager to help eBay in this endeavor, with technologies like Near Field Communications (NFC) breaking ground in mobile payments.  Although, rightfully so given that a very limited number of devices support NFC, it does not seem like the industry will wait for this technology.  Consensus remains that this needs to be scalable to all PoS systems in a very cost-effective manner.


  • Video is everywhere - and still the hot topic of conversation.  Topics on video ranged from the business models to improving experience to reducing the deflationary effects of the onslaught of Over the Top (OTT) video.  No one debated that there is significant opportunity - from the media producers/aggregators (CBS Interactive, Disney, YouTube, Hulu - although experience is still sub-par) to the device manufacturers (Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson - in summary, "We ain't seen nothing yet!") to the advertisers (Millenial Media, NY Times, Jumptap - the market for mobile advertising is still nascent, but it's coming). to the infrastructure providers (Cisco, Openwave, Vasona Networks) and, of course, the mobile carriers themselves (Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Docomo, Sprint).


  • But its not just video that presents opportunity in mobile, the future of publishing, as explained by Hearst Magazines, Time Inc, Gannet, Co,, and Scribd certainly pointed out that their future is heavily dependent on success in reaching the mobile platform.  The rise of the tablet presents significant opportunities to transition the business from print to digital, and these publishing leaders are paving the way.  But don't worry, the magazines you read when you "disconnect" aren't going away just yet.


  • The "app" train is moving, full steam ahead.  Without a doubt, and as expected, plenty of attention here on apps, from developing cross-platform to monetization to running apps on SIM cards, there is continued momentum on apps.  There was some rumbling about the fragmentation of experience with the traditional app model, the rise of App Store 2.0, and discussions around cloud "platformization" with HTML5 as a means of both driving new business models and extending the reach from smartphones to feature phones.  Even traditional chip vendors such as Marvell are in the OS platformization game, with their Kinoma platform (acquired early 2011).



  • Speaking of apps, there seems to be a growing enterprise trend to developing their own apps for their business.  App development and customization has reached an all-time high, given the abundance of APIs, tools, and documentation available to app developers.  Businesses are using these tools to enhance their own business, including the expansion of the mobile device into their collaboration experiences.  Everything from Intranet access to integrated voice experiences to document sharing to video communications - businesses certainly recognize that the future is more mobile than ever.


  • If you failed to "Check In" to the summit, both Loopt and Foursquare were there (along with Nokia) to remind everyone of the importance of the intersection of social context and location context, and how this intersection can be used to target preferences (recommendation engines, basically).


All in all, the Open Mobile Summit highlighted the consistency of the industry in forging ahead in plans to deliver a much-improved experience for digital content to mobile devices, and to carry the traditional monetization models (advertising, publishing, commerce, merchandising) into their next iteration.  While it is great to see each of these disparate industries working on their transition plans, it still seems like the value chain is broken, with each company carving out a unique niche.  In a free-market, globalized economy with an over-abundance of entrepreneurs and innovators, the mobile industry provides a massive opportunity for the creation and transfer of both wealth and mindshare. 


As a consumer, however, I am still searching for that consistent experience across all of my mobile devices, networks, and apps....


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Open Mobile Summit - How Do You Define Mobility?


Open Mobile Summit 2011

Posted by kshatzka Nov 1, 2011

Hello World!


I just arrived in San Francisco for this week's Open Mobile Summit.   As one of the speakers at last year's Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, I thoroughly enjoy the conversations that arise during this show, especially when competitive business models (Cloud SP vs Traditional SP) and polarizing topics are addressed head-on.  The format alone - no slides, no "presenting at" the audience (but instead, "speaking with") had left me with that must-return impression, so here I am.


This year, I will be joined by a number of esteemed colleagues from CBS Interactive, Sandisk, Vasona Networks and Verizon Wireless for a lively panel on innovations in mobile video delivery and monetization.  I expect topics ranging from video optimization, Federated and SP-managed CDN infrastructure, adaptive bitrate video, WiFi network offload, and the role of big data analytics to all come up.  You can find the rest of the agenda and speakers at the following link:



Looks like it will be another relevant set of topics to discuss, bringing together the entire value chain in mobile service delivery, from content providers to cloud services operators, service providers, infrastructure/hardware vendors, application and client software and developers. 


As consumer mindshare shifts from SP-branded services to access-independent, Over-the-Top (read: Cloud) services, the profitability gap is top-of-mind for the traditional Service Providers I speak with.  I am most looking forward to discussions around how mobile broadband will be monetized going forward - everything from the opportunities in machine to machine (connected car) to mCommerce, Mobile Advertising, video/TV-Everywhere, and monetizing the cloud. 


By bringing together the entire value chain, I should walk away with a good perspective on what business models and B2B (and B2B2C) interactions are possible.  Stay tuned next week when I blog a summary of the event, and looking forward to seeing any of you attending there!

Watch the TechWiseTV geeks dive right into the enterprise device with an unboxing, a multi-media test-drive, a look at the app development, and a complete security teardown with hands on demos and enterprise use cases.




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Read 'Putting Your Tablet to Work with AT&T and the Cisco Cius' from Cisco Blog: SP360:Service Provider

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