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Mobile World Congress® 2012: Cisco® plans for better Mobile Internet

Cisco disclosed its plan to provide a better mobile connectivity at the Mobile World Congress 2012, which is currently being held at Barcelona.

The CEO of Cisco Brian Dunn told that the Internet providers for mobile and smartphone should do a better job to give seamless wireless services over the world. The Internet connection should be able to reconfigure itself to the new network when a traveler or a business person changes its location.

Mobile Internet can be understood as a browsing facility that can be accessed via a smartphone or laptop/tablet. Mobile Internet has been continuously growing in recent times. Mobile Internet connectivity has been showing exponential growth. Cisco has plans to evolve Internet service for enhanced experience by users. This approach according to Cisco will not only provide faster service but will also bring in high profits.

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Alcatel-Lucent shrinks cell tower technology

Alcatel-Lucent will introduce new technology for wireless carriers to expand their network. The new technology is a new cell phone antenna system that puts together the technology in a small box, which can be mounted even on a lamp post. The Light Radio system from Alcatel Lucent will be ready for the trial of the carriers this year, allowing carriers to set up new cell sites faster and economically. The cell phone tower technology being shrunk fits more easily the budgets of the carriers. It is economically more viable to use a cell site which comes with an antenna.

The data processed, is expected to rise by 26 times of what it is now, by 2015, as per the reports from Cisco, on their forecast on the index for visual forecasting, conducted each year by them. Alcatel–Lucent has potentially changed the structure of the cellular network by reducing greenhouse emissions and bringing mobile broadband into new areas. Called Light Radio, the technology was showcased in London by Alcatel–Lucent’s partners Freescale and HP. It reduces the size of the technology from a filing cabinet to a small box. Apart from helping the industry reduces costs it would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The way the carriers are gearing up for the increase in data is by adding more possible capacity to their networks to carry the traffic from radio towers to the Internet. The industry cannot provide more spectrum to carriers since there are limits to the amount of mobile data that can be transmitted on a given spectrum. One way that they can use to mobilize more spectrum is by deploying more cell sites in smaller sized area. Many carriers have already started using smaller sized cell sites and are also providing more bandwidth, for example providing personal cell sites for the home or business. To improve the indoor wireless coverage, cell sites are connected to a broadband connection to give leverage.

However, this task involves using new cell towers, which is expensive and not always feasible. This is where the Light Radio technology comes in from Alcatel-Lucent. It allows carriers to deploy smaller cell sites at less operational costs. They start with replacing larger towers with smaller cell sites. This way the carrier expenses on cell sites are cut to a bare minimum. Also, the connectivity provided to users is on broadband using cloud computing.

Therefore, with the Light Radio system, it is possible to create economies of scale; the antennas used are software configurable and reusable equipment even in the event of changing technologies like 2G, 3G, 4G etc., accessible from the same point of dispersion. This development will bring a change where carriers have to deploy and change hardware with every change in technology. The cell tower technology has been shrunk to fit the budgets of carriers and it is a major breakthrough in the technology of cell sites.

Malware increases by 46% in only one year

According to a report by McAfee, there has been a steady growth in the number of security threats to mobile platforms. Cisco has warned one and all to be cautious about malware as miscreants have become more and more creative by exploiting networks, systems and human vulnerabilities to steal information or do damage. Although phishing attacks decreased in 2010, spam reduced drastically, virus attacks majorly under control, malware still remains a scary aspect with technology development exploding beyond the realms of management.

With the smartphone and tablet utilization increase, almost threatening to make even the conventional laptop extinct, enterprise security will be forced to work overtime to secure their environment. Corporate firewalls and mobile antivirus systems are yet to face situations to improve, while cyber criminals are busy exploiting all possible vulnerabilities on the go. With leading security software and services vendors like McAfee scaring the IT industry with their announcement of record breaking 20 million new malware variants in 2010 alone, appropriate steps are needed definitely in the protection of mobile platforms from vulnerability exploitation.

The smartphone and tablet products today, are really powerful devices, with their use of advanced processors and also web OS kits. In the enterprise environment and corporate infrastructure, the last few years have seen dramatic changes with the use of next generation firewalls, and spam protection facilities. This was feasible with controlled equipment use and structured VPN systems. However the pocket sized gadgets of smartphones and tablets, totally fall out of the gamut of the security applications in existence today.

With social networking on the extreme rise, online dating sites, online gaming and similar high capacity processing operations in use commonly in day-to-day, the worries have multiplied. The Geinimi program, technically a Trojan, is an example of malware introduction through games apps, pirated or licensed being immaterial at this point of discussion, innovative methods of malware, linking your smartphone or tablet and homing it to a remote server are scary. Interestingly, when you try to uninstall it, new malware apps are introduced. Although, Android is Linux based and is less susceptible to malware, the risk still exists due to necessity of various apps needing to intercommunicate with each other, being the weak link in this context.

Google™ Adds Set-up Wizard for Apps

Google in a big step to build up its app store and market it to enterprises, be it small or large, has launched programs aimed at small enterprises with limited IT resources. So now, with a simplified installation process for administrators using a new and simplified set-up wizard, Google App store is again catching eyeballs. So now when you reach the sign up page you will encounter the set-up wizard in the administrative ‘Control Panel’. The easy and simplified interactive guide will lead you through all the frills and add on services like the entire key configuration options ranging from creating your user account to setting up e-mail accounts transferring your existing data to a one stop shop under Google Apps and finally configuring mobile devices. It will also help you chalk out the roll out plan for the apps by allowing you to chose whether you want a pilot run first or immediately deploy it, hence helping you decide whatever suits your requirements. You also have the option to run the set-up in pieces using the inbuilt progress indicators so that you can come back after intervals of time and complete the set-up.

App Store since its inception was devised as a self help service this new addition further simplifies it. According to Google as stated by Heather Folsom, a Google product manager, in a blog post, the interactive guide helps users walk through a variety of key configuration options ranging from setting up user accounts to establishing communication through registering e-mails. According to analysts, Google needs working on its app store to help it compete against the best, not only does it need administrative tools it also needs a clear cut roadmap, product and training documentation and better connectivity between client and developer in the form of developing more enterprise class communication packages for Google Apps.

The various services and solutions offered by the app store include hosted e-mail, calendar, IM, a website builder and office productivity applications and connectivity solutions. Its basic version comes at no cost and also its academic version comes free of cost, however the one being marketed to businesses and enterprises namely Apps for Businesses costs US$50 per end user for every year.

Google Apps faces strict competition from a variety of app stores and communication suites and other solution providers like Microsoft, IBM, Zoho, Novell and Cisco so it is natural for Google to make strides to actually be able to stand up against the competition and sell its products to various businesses and enterprises and carve out a niche for itself in this market.

Cisco® upgrades its video portfolio

Cisco is a big name in providing business communication solutions all over the world. With its quality products, it is possible to have a better communication experience. To add more quality to its services, Cisco has launched a new 12-inch touch screen video conference device with sensitive cameras to capture all the crucial moments. With its touch screen it is possible to control your communication in a very effective way. Cisco has also launched a device which is Media Experience Engine (MXE) 3500. With its smart and new age technology, it is now possible for you to share all your video content. You can train all your work force with its advanced technology. With its crystal audio and video quality, it is possible for you to stay in touch with your friends, relatives and colleagues.

Because it is very easy to use, it is possible to reduce your communication cost at a lower level of 90%. You will be able to produce your own training sessions for your workforce according to your need. It is now cost effective for you to get the job done at a less cost. Large companies are now upgrading their audio and video conferencing services with larger and high definition screens. Cisco has also revealed that it has launched a large screen video device to cater big companies. With it, it is possible to have video conference with six people at a time.

Yahoo!®: IPv6 upgrade threatens Intenet Users

The Internet Protocol version 4 in current use will suffer an IPv4 address exhaustion in this decade, experts argue it could be as soon as this year or max in 2 to 3 years. This necessitates the induction of IPv6. When IPv$ was started in the late eighties such widespread usage of net and so many domain names were not expected hence it was thought that IPv4 would suffice. However reports by CISCO and others in early 2000s stated that the pool of available addresses would dry up in as little as 4 to 5 years.

Yahoo is the most vocal of this problem and has started with a move to IPv6 on its main website by the end of this year despite worries that up to 1 million users will suffer from IPv6 Brokenness. Yahoo is concerned about the fact that 0.05% of internet users won’t be able to access the sites that support both IPv6 and the current standard IPv4.

At an Internet Engineering Task Force meeting in Toronto in 1994 it was decided to replace the 32 bit addressing system of IPv4 with a 128 bit addressing system of IPv6. A framework was set. However due to the expensive and time consuming nature of the job no major carrier has made a step in this direction. According to the latest prediction of max 1200 days left until the internet runs out of the IPv4 addresses the US federal Government had mandated all agencies to support the new protocols by July 2008.

June 8 2011 is being celebrated as World IPv6 day and is being supported by Facebook , Google and Yahoo. These and many more major web based services and sites will switch to IPv6 on June 8th to spread awareness about IPv6 and the global Web Address shortage due to the limitations of IPv4.

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