Archive for November, 2008

OMS: Open comes in many flavors

All is not necessarily blissful in the land of open mobile software. Though much of the industry has embraced the notion that open platforms, coupled with open operating systems, will create endless new possibilities for applications and services, there isn’t much agreement on what kind of ‘open’ will bring them about.

The Open Mobile Summit last week in San Francisco demonstrated that disagreement with alacrity. Speakers from all over the industry showed up to offer their opinions on the meaning of open, how we get there and how money can be made off of it. That seems pretty straight-forward, but most of the attendees I talked to left with more questions than they had beofre they arrived. There certainly wasn’t a lack of information or a shortage of people to supply it. The problem was that the differing viewpoints and business agendas of those supplying the information didn’t paint any clear pictures. Open is basically what each company chooses to make of it. more

T-Mobile Cameo: cool device, unconvincing business model

cameo.jpgT-Mobile beat AT&T’s newly formed emerging devices business to the punch today with the debut of its first digital frame, Cameo. The frame comes equipped with its own cellular modem to receive photos direct from any mobile handset, which also means it get its own phone number, email address and expensive service plan. more

Sprint’s woes increase

It hasn’t been a good month for Sprint. Things already had gotten dismal last week when it reported it shed 1.3 million subscribers despite its turn-around efforts. But the Illinois Supreme Court wasn’t feeling much sympathy. It gave Sprint 360 days to shut down its Nextel iDEN networkin small-and mid-sized markets throughout the Midwest where Sprint affiliate iPCS operates.

As you’ll recall, the iDEN network is the same network Sprint just committed to rejuvenating after the FCC gave it another 18 months to relocate its iDEN spectrum to another portion of the 800 MHz band. In truth, Sprint had little choice to reinvest in iDEN. It couldn’t just flip off a system supporting 14.6 million customers, and by virtue of the rebanding agreement, it must spend the cash necessary to retune its iDEN infrastructure. But being forced to shut down networks doesn’t really say “rejuvenation.” more

Qualcomm’s desktop smartphone

Qualcomm has been talking a lot about computing lately. The CDMA-and-3G chipset maker made its name off of connectivity, but the wireless technologist has long since come to the realization that there is a lot more silicon in wireless devices it can still tap. It’s not making PC processors just yet, but Qualcomm is most certainly tackling that ephemeral not-quite-a-computer-but-definitely-not-a-phone space the industry hopes will become the future of the wireless device.
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Facebook’s Psuedo-SMS Looks Like a Success

If you’re looking for the killer app for mobile, you don’t have to look much further than text messaging. That said, what’s the next killer app? Maybe competing with SMS…

That looks to be the case as a variety of Web-driven messaging providers aim to take advantage of more open devices and cheaper data plans to circumvent standard text messaging.

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TelcoTV: Telcos share IPTV lessons learned

At Conklin Intracom’s Perspectives on IPTV Workshop, held yesterday in advance of TelcoTV, several telecom service providers in various stages of IPTV deployments shared what they learned from being in the trenches. Here’s what they had to say:

“Don’t always believe vendor time lines. The soft launch is essential. Clean up your copper plant. Pre-qualify customers, and create a bandwidth rich environment that will enable you to give customers their TV.” – Lynn Pike, president and CEO of BTC Broadband more

Nortel’s fresh-blood-letting

In reading the news of Nortel Networks’ reorganization initiatives this week, readers may have noticed that all of the top executives being dismissed as part of those reform efforts (the ones we know about so far, anyway) were brought into the company within the last two years as part of previous reform efforts. more

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Sycamore CEO gets 174% raise

Last week the directors of optical equipment vendor Sycamore Networks agreed to raise the salary of its CEO, Daniel Smith, to $275,000 per year. That represents a 174% raise.
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Telco/Web search partnership deals in play

Rough economic times always seem to hit the largely venture capital- and ad-supported Web industry hard. One impact of the current downturn seems to be a free-for-all battle among large Web players to sew up important distribution and partnership deals with telecom service providers.

Several developments in recent days point to some reshuffling of deck chairs.

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Trouble in P2P-Land

How’s this for an understatement: P2P has always been problematic for network providers and content providers. Now, companies trying to put a more legitimate face on the technology are facing troubles too.

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