Mobility is changing experiences in all our lives as the world becomes more digitized.
By Kelly Ahuja, Senior Vice President, Service Provider business, products and solutions, Cisco
It’s hard to imagine a world without our mobile devices. It’s the first thing we reach for when we get up in the morning and the last thing we power down at night—some of us don’t spend a waking moment without connectivity and information at our fingertips.
According to our recent Visual Networking Index, more than half a billion (563 million) mobile devices and connections were added in 2015, with smart phones accounting for most of that growth. It’s no surprise that we’ve shattered all projections when it comes to mobility –pretty remarkable in such a short period of time.
But mobility is much more than devices
It’s changing experiences in every industry, every city, every country, and in all our lives as the world becomes more digitized. This is having significant implications on what is expected of our industry and we must move at the speed, scale, and security required to stay relevant. Digitization requires all of us to transform through innovations in our business, experiences, and architectures.
That’s why Cisco’s strategy is focused on helping service providers drive profitable business outcomes in a digital world – by securely connecting cloud-driven services with intelligent networks, and intelligent networks with data and processes.
A great example of this occurred last month at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, a trade show show I characterize as “the water cooler for telecom,” because so many firsts happen there.
Among other things, Cisco, in partnership with Ericsson and Intel, introduced the development of a new 5G router. This innovation will allow both business and residential customers to take advantage of significantly faster speeds and latency in the single milliseconds, while leveraging the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices and the streaming of high-definition video content.
That’s right: we’re already talking 5G. It was definitely the buzz of the biggest mobile show of the year, and there are no signs of things slowing down anytime soon!
So what do you think?
Will we be looking at 6G and 7G in the next few years? We’d like to hear your thoughts on the future of mobility.
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