Archive for September, 2009

4G World: WiMax vendors broaden their scope to LTE

A few specialty WiMax vendors aren’t content with the smaller of the 4G markets and have decided to expand their horizons to long-term evolution (LTE). WiMax packet core vendor WiChorus and WiMax chipset maker Sequans Communications are two of the latest. more

Zune, WinMo updates offer hints at Microsoft strategy

We’ve spent plenty of cycles wondering how Google, Apple and others are evolving as telecom competitors, but what about the true big-daddy, Microsoft? The company certainly has its share of hits (Outlook/Exchange), misses (Connected Sandbox) and question marks (Bing, Azure) in the telecom/Web area. This week we saw important hints of their future path in updates of its Zune media player and its soon-to-be-launched Windows Mobile 6.5.

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4G World: What is this 4G thing anyway?

A Yankee Group survey of general consumers found that 60% of users are interested in mobile Internet access, but when asked about 4G mobile broadband services, 43% said they’ve heard the term–my guess would be from Dan Hesse in a Sprint commercial–but have no idea what it means. And what about those anxiously awaiting the mobile broadband bonanza of 4G? Yankee puts that number at 3%

The industry obviously still has a lot of work to do to educate the masses about 4G. more

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4G World: Clearwire WiMax testbed open for expermintation

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) this week officially launched its Silicon Valley testbed network, inviting companies in the country’s highest concentration of software and technology developers to give WiMax a try. more

Infinera targets 2010-2011 for 40G, hits metro now

Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) defended the pace of its entry into the market for 40-Gb/s networking gear this week. CEO Jagdeep Singh said the company doesn’t want to be the first vendor in the 40G market; it wants to be the best. more

Duke Energy taps Convergys for smart grid billing

One of the biggest drivers for smart grid deployments has been the cost savings it can bring both utilities and their customers, but this requires new methods of data management, new customer options and a new method of billing. To address this need, third largest US electric company and smart grid pioneer Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today added Convergys (NYSE: CVG) to its growing list of partners. Convergys will provide Duke with smart grid billing and customer management. more

4G World pre-show wrap: DragonWave looks deeper into the network

DragonWave (TSE:DWI) has ambitious plans for its new monster of a backhaul radio. Delivering up to 4 Gb/s, it’s new Horizon Quantum is ideal system to push point-to-point radio from the network edge deep into the core–or so DragonWave hopes. more

Why T-Mobile, Sprint combined is good for competitors

There have been rumors in the past week that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telecom (NYSE:DT) is mulling an acquisition of third largest US carrier Sprint (NYSE:S) as part of a spending spree aimed at reviving its struggling T-Mobile brand. UK’s Telegraph reported that DT is working with its banking advisors to bid for Sprint as soon as in the new few weeks. The acquisition would be DT’s second consolidation play after forming a joint venture with Orange in the UK.  If it goes through, it could also have the opposite of its intended affect – actually helping out its competitors, AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD). more

NRTC, NTCA revamp IPTV programming

The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has had a busy year since one of its key partners SES Americom announced it was shutting down its wholesale IPTV programming service, IP Prime. In its latest move to appeal to the rural market, the cooperative announced today it is working with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) to improve their programming offer, now renamed “TelcoVideomore

Broadband stimulus applicants abound; who needs big carriers?

Government Technology raises an interesting question about the broadband stimulus initiative: Should anyone care if big broadband providers don’t like the rules? more

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