Cisco jumps on gigabit Internet craze with new wireless offerings

Cisco jumps on gigabit Internet craze with new wireless offerings

Summary: With AT&T and Google (among others) warming up for a gigabit Internet war, Cisco is jumping in the fray with some new products to support the speedy connections.


The words "gigabit Internet" are becoming fairly common these days with buzz surrounding Google Fiber — much to the ire of some wireless providers nationwide scrambling to compete.

In the meantime, Cisco is getting involved with some new 802.11ac wireless networking solutions, falling in line with the communications giant's evolving strategies around WLAN and the "Internet of Everything."

See also: Google Fiber speeds up with new destination: Provo, Utah | Google confirms Austin as next Fiber city | AT&T plots $14 billion network build out; Sprint nabs spectrum

To better comprehend what the 802.11ac standard offers, Cisco described that this means network speeds that can "download significant amounts of Web content and run streaming video simultaneously."

Imitating the patterns we've already seen with the consumerization of IT, Cisco predicted that as smartphones and laptops will soon be built to support gigabit Wi-Fi, employees will expect the same kind of speedy network support — especially for data-intensive apps like HD streaming video and Web conferencing.

Thus, aimed at the enterprise set, Cisco's new 802.11ac portfolio includes a module that supports Wi-Fi speeds up to 1.3Gbps. That access point, the 802.11ac Wave 1 Module for the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series, is available now and shipping to select customers.

Cisco estimated that early adopters will be looking to deploy .11ac in the very near future based on observing its own customer base already using these solutions in beta with their upgrades.

Topics: Unified Comms, 4G, Cisco, Hardware, Networking

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  • So . . .

    So . . . the Internet and wireless is finally catching up to the gigabit ethernet card I've had in my system for ages?

    (slow clap)
    • Nope..

      Your NIC card can FULL duplex, not half. :-)
  • mean·ing·less; ADJ; having no purpose or reason.

    Anybody getting a gig from their ISP at a reasonable price? (LOL). Kind of like saying the latest Mercedes S class is capable of doing over 200mph; but as of now, only has the option of a riding lawn mower engine for power.

    (slower clap)
    • "reasonable"

      I'd call $70/mo reasonable for gigabit. So by my definition yes, some people are getting gigabit at a "reasonable" price. What's your definition?
  • Beyond HD Video Streaming and Web Conferencing....

    This is exciting news! But the Gigabit opens up a lot of opportunities beyond just "fast speeds" and the ability to stream Netflix/Hulu at high quality. It's about the apps, and specifically, apps that provide public benefit.

    The next generation "gigabit" Internet is not only about going faster, it's about completely changing how we approach everything from education to health care, as we transition to an Internet of Immersive Experience.

    In the early twentieth century, many families whose homes were being connected to the electric grid wanted only light bulbs, because light was all they knew electricity could "do." There was little, if any, awareness that electricity would ultimately power almost all the "applications" around us -- fundamentally changing every single experience we have in our homes, businesses, and lives.

    The same kind of transformation will be powered by the gigabit Internet, and it's short-sighted for journalists and policy-makers to focus on Internet speeds alone. It leads Americans to think "Gigabit Internet equals faster movie downloads." This is why initiatives like U.S. Ignite and projects that foster the next-generation of applications and services are so critical.

    Essentially, when it comes to citizens and consumers wanting better, faster broadband networks in America: "It's the applications, stupid."

    Here are some examples of what we mean:

    --Instead of navigating to a retailer's web page or downloading an app, in the future, people wi-ll walk into virtual stores and pick up sample products, sensing their weight and shape with haptic devices.

    --Your local drugstore will not only be the place you pick up prescriptions, it will also be where you will go to "see" a doctor in a private "health pod" through the combination of secure, ultra-high definition two-way video, health sensors, and tactile feedback.

    --Instead of downloading a YouTube video to watch a course lecture and uploading homework assignments, students will enter digital classrooms where interaction with their teachers and fellow students happen in three dimensions and in real-time just like in the classrooms of today.

    --Traffic signals will adjust vehicle flow through a city in real-time, based on traffic congestion, weather, and other factors that thousands of connected sensors throughout a city will be able to read and analyze every few seconds.

    But there are many, many more possibilities. You can check them out at or see them for yourself, in person, at our Application Summit:
  • Florida

    Can barely get 1.8 meg here.
    No giga anything for me.
    • you lucky ****!

      still maxed at 1.5M at my house
    • Here in Tampa, Fl, Verizon is giving me 50/25 mbps, and I even confirmed

      download and upload speeds through different broadband speed testers.

      The FIOS service is bundled to include TV, internet and telephone. It's a reasonable price which I pay, but, if someone offers gigabit internet with TV and telephone, for around the same price I'm paying now (less than $100), then, I'll be switching.