Archive for April, 2009

Acme Packet CEO on Covergence acquisition

Acme Packet’s $23-million acquisition of Covergence – both announced and closed today – gives Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT) a quick jump in the enterprise market for session border controllers (SBCs) to add to its existing base in the service provider market. And Covergence’s software-only SBC gives Acme a particular foothold in the low end of the enterprise market.

Where is your job headed? An interactive feature

Will your job be around five years from now? If so, how different will the work be?

The technologies that course through the network are changing dramatically, demanding entirely different skill sets and expertise. What was Sonet and ATM is becoming Ethernet. What was a central office (CO) is becoming a data center, a video hub, a content cache. So what about the people that work there?

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ZTE global handset share on the rise

During a first quarter where most handset vendors are reporting steep losses in phone shipments, ZTE saw a 30% increase in phones and datacards shipped. Of the 10 million devices ZTE sold, 68% were outside of China’s borders demonstrating the increasing strength of ZTE beyond its home market. more

Texas issues broadband stimulus RFI

Texas state agencies are jointly issuing a request for information for providers that can help win broadband stimulus funds to link up the state’s unserved and underserved.

The RFI, viewable here, asks experienced applicants for help in mapping the state’s broadband availability gaps, planning ways to spur demand for online applications and “work[ing] collaboratively with broadband service providers and information technology companies to encourage [broadband] deployment and use.”

It hints at a definition of “underserved areas” as “areas in which broadband penetration is significantly below the national average.”

The deadline for sumissions is May 15.

Tellabs CEO on capex growth: I’ll believe it when I see it

Though recent comments from major carriers suggest an improved spending environment going forward, Tellabs CEO Rob Pullen isn’t holding his breath.

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Qualcomm’s controversial royalty policy still unsettled

Qualcomm may have to shell out $891 million to Broadcom over the next four years and fork over licensing rights to its wireless patents, but one key element of Qualcomm’s business strategy has been preserved in their brokered peace: handset vendors using Broadcom chips must still pay Qualcomm royalties. more

Apple delivers on one billion app downloads

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users have today downloaded more than one billion applications from the Apple App Store, according to the company. The milestone came just nine months after the store was launched and one day after analyst firm mobileSquared predicted it would based on the average of 5.1 million new apps downloaded per day. The momentum is significant for Apple on its own and is yet another reason neither it nor its carrier partner AT&T feels the rush to get out of their exclusive relationship. more

T-Mobile supporting embedded SIM cards for M2M

As small as the head of a pin, T-Mobile new subscriber identity module (SIM) cards aren’t designed for any mobile phone you’d buy in its stores. Instead, these SIMs will embedded into telematics modules, where they will mounted into smart meters and other M2M devices around the country. more

NAB reporter’s notebook

This was only my second year at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, so I’m hardly an expert. But with a tight focus on IPTV and its players, I have a good sense of what is going on.

Show veterans (and Vegas cabbies, always a good source of information) said NAB attendance was off significantly, both in terms of vendors and attendees. The aisles were wider, several noted, the outdoor equipment display was much smaller and here and there, booth spaces were empty. Attendance was notably down from last year — for every busy booth space, there were at least two more occupied only by their booth personnel. more

Has carrier spending passed its bottom?

Signs are emerging that US carrier spending is slowly starting to recover.


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