Archive for November, 2008

Will Nortel be able to sell its Metro Ethernet unit?

Nortel Networks stunned the industry in September by announcing it would seek to sell its fast-growing Metro Ethernet division, which also includes most of its optical products. The worst part, most observers agreed, was the timing. How could Nortel find a buyer when nobody had any money?

Two months later, some analysts say a deal is unlikely as ever. more

The fall of a market leader

Poor Motorola. The struggling handset maker can’t seem to get a break. Korean-based Samsung Electronics today took away Moto’s last claim to fame, its title of the largest mobile phone maker in the United States, which it has held since 2004. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung captured 22.4% of the market share in the U.S., up from 16.2% last year and enough to beat Moto, which only got 21.1% of its home turf, a decline from last year’s 32.7% share. more

Obama election causes text-message surge

President-elect Barack Obama reached out to his wireless supporters, showing the power of mobile when he announced Joe Biden as his running mate through a text message and email campaign in July. On Tuesday night, more than one billion mobile users returned the favor. In the 10 minutes immediately following the official announcement that Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, the volume of text messages sent surged to more than three times the normal volume for that time of day, according to Sybase 365, a subsidiary of mobile messaging service provider Sybase. more

MFS Cofounder Anthony Pompliano Sr. (1939 - 2008)

From Southwest Florida’s Herald Tribune:

Anthony J. Pompliano Sr.
Pompliano, Sr., Anthony J.
Feb. 14, 1939 - Nov. 2, 2008
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Larry Irving on Obama on Telecom

We spoke briefly today with Larry Irving, currently co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance and D.C. consultant, and formerly one of the highest-ranking telecom officials in the last Democratic administration, having spent seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Making it clear he wasn’t speaking for president-elect Barack Obama or his advisors in any way — and emphasizing that the economy and foreign policy issues would no doubt be first on the incoming administration’s priority list — Irving shared a few thoughts with us on where telecom policy, and broadband development in particular, might fit in.

In particular, Irving said he was optimistic to see that in most discussions of building America’s infrastructure, Obama often took pains to talk about the need to build the nation’s broadband networks, in particular in rural areas, as part of that effort. Overall, Irving’s comments were fairly non-partisan in nature, stressing the need for both parties to push for broadband reform, including “a lot more emphasis on private public partnerships” to drive telecom investment and growth. In addition to broadband, he several times mentioned the importance of pushing for the more efficient use of wireless spectrum, another key telecom policy issue. Also on top of Irving’s like-to-see-list: some “experimental” projects driven by the telecom industry that could help drive overall economic growth – such as assistance in connecting schools, hospitals and not-for-profit centers as well as a focus on helping hard-hit sectors such as rural farms and small businesses make better use of technology.

On a more partisan front, Irving recalled his days in the Clinton administration and noted that during the years when the democrats owned a majority in Congress – a situation that the incoming Obama administration will find itself in shortly – it made his job “much easier. We were able to have much more free, candid and unfettered conversations,” he said. On whether such an environment today would have him consider a return to the public sector, Irving replied with a no comment, noting quickly he hadn’t been asked, either.

Anagran switches CEOs

Startup router vendor Anagran announced today it is switching out the CEO it appointed just a year ago.
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