Archive for July, 2009

Cloud providers pressured to open APIs

Rackspace’s (NYSE: RAX) announcement last week that it would release open application programming interfaces (APIs) for its cloud computing services and open-source API specs in the coming weeks is another example of cloud providers gaining advantage in the market by doing what more established players in the telecom world won’t do. more

NSN on a roll in Canada

Nokia Siemens Networks (NYSE:NOKNYSE:SI) may be bidding on Nortel’s CDMA assets to expand its North American market share, but in Nortel’s home turf NSN is having no trouble gaining business. The vendor today announced its 4th 3G customer win in Canada, adding new entrant Globalive to its growing list of high-speed packet access (HSPA) contracts north of the border. more

Avaya to leapfrog Cisco with Nortel acquisition

With its $475-million purchase of Nortel Networks’ enterprise business, Avaya will leapfrog Cisco Systems to become the industry’s largest enterprise voice equipment vendor, according to the Yankee Group. more

Networked TVs, Internet video on the rise

Nearly 20 million TVs equipped with wireless connectivity will be shipped across the world by 2011, according to ABI Research. The research firm expects this segment to grow linearly through 2014 as the industry continues to trend towards networked home entertainment. more

VZW first to agree to limit handset exclusivity

In a concession to small carriers, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) today announced it will limit exclusivity arrangements to six months for all manufacturers and devices, effective immediately. VZW CEO Lowell McAdam said this would apply to any wireless carrier with 500,000 customers or less in a letter he sent to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. more

Apple cuts Pre off at the source

Don’t mess with Apple (NASDAQ:APPL) or you will get shut down. That’s the message the software giant is sending to Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) over its new Pre handset. Apple reportedly issued a software update to iTunes to fix software bugs and address “an issue with verification of Apple devices,” meaning if it’s not an iPhone or iPod (aka the Pre), it can no longer synch with iTunes. more

Symbian launches open-development program

The Symbian Foundation today announced a launch date for its application-publishing program, Symbian Horizon, available to the public in October. The platform opens up app development suport to developers across the globe who will receive assistance in building and promoting apps for Symbian devices. more

TerreStar goes geosynchronous

TerreStar (NASDAQ:TSTR) successfully launched its broadband communications satellite into orbit on Tuesday. TerreStar-1 now joins ICO Global (NASDAQ:ICOG) and Globalstar’s (NASDAQ:GSAT) communications hubs in geosynchronous orbit, each waiting to link up with promised terrestrial broadband networks back on Earth. more

Broadband stimulus details separating likely winners, losers

The so-called ‘broadband stimulus chill’ is thawing as the federal government’s recently released guidelines shed more light on how broadband stimulus funds will be applied. more

Boost pushes $50 unlimited plan to CDMA customers

Driven by the success of Boost Mobile’s unlimited $50 prepaid plan, Sprint is now offering its CDMA prepaid customers the same deal in an effort to reconcile prepaid plans across its two networks. Boost CDMA customer are small in number compared to iDEN customers, and Sprint said it would continue to focus Boost services on the iDEN network, but Sprint may also be walking a dangerous line. Sprint is now offering two plans that both essentially offer unlimited voice, SMS and data, UNLTD by Boost at $50 a month Sprint’s Simply Everything plan, priced at $100 a month. more

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