Cisco and Verizon are partnering on a project meant to accelerate the adoption of Information-Centric Networking. This is an innovative and emerging approach for service offerings that are content-aware. The approach involves placing the focus of network communication on named data as opposed to location identifiers that include IP addresses. This will ensure that the next-generation network architecture is simplified and user-to-content communication enhanced with a view to improving security, storage and mobility in the network. Some of the benefits of the model include better user experience.
“By demonstrating the benefits of a virtualized Hybrid-ICN network at scale, we showcased how the technology can simplify the way users access content in a mobile environment and lead to a better user experience,” Verizon’s strategy and technology architecture vice president, Srini Kalapala, said.
This comes in the wake of Verizon releasing an operating system update for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8. The Android Oreo update will be rolled out over-the-air to the devices. It is understood that it’s a major update and the size of the update file is thus more than 1.5 gigabytes. Users are consequently advised to ensure that the batteries of their devices possess ample juice before commencing the download. The Wi-Fi network should also be in a good state. The update will include all features which were introduced by Google with regards to Android 8.0 Oreo and a security patch that was released last month.
Last month Verizon disclosed that it would be shuttering six call center sites across the United States and consequently retrench thousands of employees as around 3,000 customer service positions would be eliminated. The affected call centers are located in North Charleston, South Carolina; Hilliard, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mankato, Minnesota; Little Rock, Arkansas and Huntsville, Alabama. Verizon’s reason for shuttering the call centers is to transition to a customer service rep model which is home-based.
With the new home-based model employees will work split shifts and they will be required to possess a quiet room at home set aside for their work and high-speed internet. Verizon has offered to supply equipment including a computer. The wireless telecommunications giant will also subsidize the monthly high-speed broadband internet bill.
The union that represents some of the affected Verizon employees, Communication Workers of America, has raised objections to the home model arguing that the requirement for a quiet room that is isolated cannot be met by low-income families.