We sat down with Mohammed Meraj Hoda, the MD for Emerging Markets at CISCO.
There will by 19 billion networked devices by 2016 and each user will be consuming over 32GB of data per month. Gone are the days when the only purpose of the router present in your home was to connect to the Internet and let you use your laptop wirelessly browse the web. Our consumption patterns have changed vastly and we are now playing games online, streaming music and videos throughout our home while skyping with our friends and family on our phones or tablets. Add to that the upcoming explosion of smart appliances and connected homes and suddenly the 19 billion devices and 32GB of data consumption per month per user sounds like a rapidly approaching reality.
Managing that many number of devices and data is certainly a good reason to start rethinking about a better way of approaching home networks and that is exactly what CISCO is doing with their Smart Wi-Fi series of routers with Cisco Connect Cloud. Our current standard of 802.11n will soon be replaced by 802.11ac and CISCO is all set to release their new Router and Universal Media Connector which will support speeds of 1750Mbps and feature NFC SimpleTap technology to connect devices. They have already partnered with companies like Onkyo and Whirlpool to make this technology available to us by the end of this year.
I was given the opportunity to talk to Mr. Mohammad Meraj Hoda, the Managing Director for Emerging Markets at CISCO Middle East where he spoke about this upcoming future and the technologies that power it.
We would like to thank CISCO and Mr. Hoda for giving us the opportunity of talking with us and answering some of the questions we had about the future of networking.