Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) CEO John Chambers used his keynote in Spain Tuesday to reveal that the networking giant will be following many of its infrastructure rivals in delivering a tiny base station of its own.

Chambers briefly mentioned small cells, "which we and others are announcing at the show," in the context of a larger talk about cloud computing. In the same breath, Chambers linked femtos with Wi-Fi offload as a tool for operators managing data traffic, hinting at the approach that Cisco will likely take with these edge-of-network radio access boxes.

More will be revealed Tuseday afternoon as Cisco officially unveils its small cell. We'll update on the small cell when we have more details.

For Chambers, however, a small cell and other new products are just one part of a massive overhaul for the entire industry in developing global cloud coverage for both business and personal use.

"Every person in this room will have their own personal cloud," Chambers declared to a packed audience in Hall 5 at the Fira.

"I think it's a $53 billion to $58 billion market within two years," he declared, urging the industry to adapt or get left behind.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joanengebretson 12/5/2012 | 5:41:14 PM
re: Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too

This talk of a "personal cloud" has got me thinking about one of the Rolling Stones' more quizzical lyrics. Maybe Jagger-Richards could license the tune for use in an ad for one of the cloud security vendors.



joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:41:14 PM
re: Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too Hey you! Get onna my cloud. Or Virginia Woolf, a cloud of one's own. Heh.
desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:41:13 PM
re: Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too

Apropos of the current cloud craze.

Cole Porter: All the world loves a cloud...


rainbowarrior 12/5/2012 | 5:41:12 PM
re: Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too

Remember the "information superhighway"?

chandan kumar 12/5/2012 | 5:41:11 PM
re: Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too

This is very clearly immerging out the Wi-Fi is going to a play major role in UltrBroadband Era.

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