Cisco’s Born-Again Consumerism

charlie giancarloBusiness 2.0: Cisco Systems’s (CSCO) chief technology officer, Charlie Giancarlo, sat down with me for a wide-ranging chat about consumer technologies, including voice-over-Internet protocol, the iPod’s impact on digital devices, and, of course, the ever-increasing need for bandwidth inside our homes. Giancarlo, who also heads up Cisco’s Linksys division, believes that large companies need to learn to adapt to consumers.

I think 100 megabits per second into the home is a given if we want more HDTV channels on our IP connections. Inside the home, 1 gigabit per second is going to be necessary as we move those big video and audio files around. In a decade or so, I expect that gigabit wireless would be cheap enough as well.

Here are some excerpts from that interview….

Bonus links, Charlie talking about Wireless on the Cisco website:I don’t see wireless replacing wired networks at any time. As valuable as wireless is, bandwidth limitations prevent it from being able to handle the heavy traffic demands of many larger businesses or demanding users.

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