Archive for August, 2009

Better safe than Twitter

Only a day after TechRadium field a lawsuit claiming Twitter had violated patents it developed as part of its mass-notification system, the real danger of relying on Twitter for mass notificagtion reared its ugly head. A DOS attack targeting the wildly popular social networking site crippled the service. According to reports, DOS attacks were also targeting Facebook. more

Sprint adds WiMax to WiFi router as it prepares to expand 4G coverage

As Sprint (NYSE:S) prepares to expand its 4G footprint beyond Baltimore, it is tweaking its product portfolio to take advantage of the enhanced speeds of Clearwire’s WiMax network. It has begun selling dual-mode WiMax-EV-DO versions of Novatel’s MiFi personal hotspot and the business-targeted CradlePoint wireless broadband router, both of which redistribute capacity from mobile broadband connections to multiple WiFi devices. more

AT&T, Level 3 round out top 5 CDNs

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT) scored well in a recent assessment of content delivery network (CDN) providers conducted by the Yankee Group, taking fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the crowded market. more

No prepaid price war for Boost, just everyone else

Regional CDMA operator Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP) announced this week it would add unlimited mobile Web surfing and 411 services to its $40 per month unlimited voice and texting plan. Leap’s plan is now comparable to MetroPCS’ (NYSE:PCS) $40 package announced last week, and marks the latest competitive move in the prepaid space, one increasingly defined by industry-wide falling price points. more

Clearwire’s latest 4G wave targeting smaller cities

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) has launched its WiMax service in 10 new markets, but they aren’t the big cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle listed on Clearwire’s earlier announced deployment schedule. Instead it’s turning on its Clear 4G service in Killeen, TX, and Bellingham, WA, smaller cities that individually don’t add much to its total tally of pops covered, but taken collectively could grow substantially its footprint. more

WiFi drives rise in enterprise FMC

Fixed-mobile convergence handset voice connections – defined as those made over WiFi, picocells or femtocells – for business customers will rise from 6.3 million in 2009 to more than 27 million by 2014, according to a new study from ABI Research. Femtocells have gotten the most attention in the enterprise, but report author Dan Shey said dual-mode cellular and WiFi phones will also drive enterprise FMC. more

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