CTIA: Cisco CTO Talks Internet TV

LAS VEGAS ( TheStreet) -- Cisco ( CSCO) CTO Padmasree Warrior predicts a brave new world of Internet TV and video-conferencing cell-phones.

"We're at an exciting time for the industry," she said, during her CTIA keynote. "The mobile device and the Internet are fast converging."
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Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior

Warrior explained that, just three years ago, data equivalent to 1.4 billion DVDs were sent across global networks. By 2013, she added, this will equal a massive 12.8 billion DVDs -- a figure that highlights the phenomenal growth in data.

"Most of that is driven by video," said Warrior, the former Motorola ( MOT) CTO. "Most of the applications that we see on 4G we expect to be video and multimedia."

Video has become a Cisco mantra in recent years and the networking giant moved into the consumer space when it acquired Flip camera maker Pure Digital last year. The tech bellwether also bought Norwegian videoconferencing specialist Tandberg, further underlining its video ambitions.

Warrior expects to see a video explosion during the coming years.

"We're only at the beginning of this," she told a packed hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. "The next wave will be Internet TV."

Cisco CEO John Chambers has already discussed the potential of next-generation TV, and the company has predicted a home entertainment revolution when the worlds of Internet and TV collide.

Web-based TV is certainly getting lots of notice at events like CTIA. Qualcomm ( QCOM) subsidiary FLO TV was running a number of demos of its live mobile TV offering. The ongoing push towards 4G networks and devices is also seen as driving Internet TV.

Warroir also talked about telepresence, a form of next-generation videoconferencing that she predicts will be another huge tech trend. Though still largely an enterprise technology, Warrior predicts that it will make its way into the home and then onto mobile devices.

The mobile Internet revolution, however, is not without its security challenges, says the Cisco CTO.

"Today, most of the attacks that we see in cyber-security are targeted attacks," she said. "This is an issue that we have to work together as an industry to solve."

In the future, first responders to a national crisis will include cyber-security experts, in addition to firemen and police.

Cisco also teamed up with AT&T ( T) at CTIA. The telecom giant announced that it has been working with Cisco to build its new 3G MicroCell device that routes wireless phone calls or data connections over a broadband connection. Available next month, the femtocell offering is aimed at customers that need to boost their coverage because of terrain or building constraints such as dense walls.

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York

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