Verizon, Cisco, Intel Tackle Mobile Data

Intel, Cisco, and Verizon have teamed up on a joint research project aimed at how to deal with the rapid growth of video on mobile devices

December 14, 2010

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel, Cisco and Verizon have teamed up on a joint research project aimed at how to deal with the rapid growth of video on mobile devices and the expected flood traffic that could grind mobile networks to a halt.

While today's 3G and 4G wireless networks are bringing voice, data and rich media to souped-up smartphones, the companies are trying to look ahead and prepare for what could be a meteoric rise in mobile video demand. If it continues as it is trending today, smartphone owners may be looking as significant network traffic jams in the near future.

The multi-year research project, called Video Aware Wireless Networks (VAWN), also includes projects at several leading universities.

"We're hoping to develop innovations that give networks new abilities to understand and adapt to the quality requirements of various devices," said Jeffery Foerster, a principal engineer at Intel Labs. "We want to maximize both total capacity and an individual's quality of experience, whether it's live video entertainment, video conferencing, video sharing or live streaming on location."

Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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