In an industry first, Verizon and Cisco are collaborating on accelerating adoption of hybrid information-centric networking (ICN), an emerging and innovative approach to content-aware service offerings. By focusing network communication around named data rather than location identifiers such as IP addresses, Verizon and Cisco believe they can dramatically simplify next-generation network architecture; enhance user-to-content communication; and improve mobility, storage, and security in the network.
In collaboration with Cisco, Verizon successfully demonstrated Cisco’s open-source ICN software and validated its benefits over standard TCP/IP solutions for optimized mobile video delivery in a lab at the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham, MA.
The demonstrated benefits include key features of the ICN communication model – including dynamic adaptive streaming solutions and dynamic load balancing of media – which will lead to a better user experience. In the network, forwarding/caching strategies maximize traffic localization and bandwidth savings in backhaul/core via enhanced multicast.
Subsequently, Verizon also successfully demonstrated key features of Hybrid-ICN by simplifying the insertion of ICN technology in existing IP infrastructure and enabling coexistence with legacy IP traffic.
Qualcomm Increases Quarterly Dividend by 9 Percent
Qualcomm Incorporated has announced that its board of directors has approved a 9 percent increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from USD 0.57 to USD 0.62 per share of common stock and will be effective for quarterly dividends payable after March 21, 2018. This dividend increase will raise the annualized dividend payout to USD 2.48 per share of common stock.
Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated, said, “We are pleased to announce an increase in our quarterly dividend, a reflection of our commitment to returning capital to stockholders. We look forward to closing the pending acquisition of NXP and expect the strong combined cash profile of Qualcomm and NXP to further strengthen our foundation for future capital returns for our stockholders.”