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Building intelligence back into the network

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Sam Samuel, Mobility Chief Technologists Office, Cisco

It has to be recognised that 'virtualisation' is a means to an end, not an end in itself. So what is the end? Well, one of them, Sam tells Martyn Warwick, is to program the network in such a way that telcos can maintain a rate of innovation equivalent to companies like Google. Sam is setting store in a standard called NSH - network service header - where a packet or stream of packets sent through the network essentially instructs the network on the treatment it expects. That way operators can define services for particular flows on the fly.

Filmed at Mobile World Congress, March 2, 2015

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