Archive by Sarah Reedy

CTIA IT: Inside Nokia’s destruction-proofing labs

Nokia's Button-Testing Robot

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – There are few among us who haven’t dropped, stomped, sat on or cracked a cell phone (or, if you’re like me, called a plumber to find out your flip-phone was the cause of a clogged toilet). In a lot of cases, that accident has been the phone’s demise. To give Nokia (NYSE:NOK) handsets a better chance at survival, the global handset maker has Research and Development labs where technicians presuppose - and account for - any destructive, accidental and inevitable mistakes consumers make with their cell phones. more

CTIA IT: Messaging vendors prep for 4G

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – An SMS message is the same to a messaging vendor regardless of the protocol, but as 4G networks continue to come online, there will be new issues of support and interoperability that carriers will have to address. Two vendors at CTIA, Sybase 365, the mobile messaging and commerce subsidiary of Sybase Inc. (NYSE: SY), and wireless messaging and device management vendor Interop Technologies are demonstrating that they are ready to take this old standard and migrate it to any next-generation network. more

AT&T brings connectivity to TomTom

AT&T (NYSE:T) announced today it will lend its 3G network to navigation and digital map provider TomTom’s XL340S Live, its first mid-range portable navigation device (PDN) preloaded with Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) local search service and real-time traffic information.

The device will let consumers search online for points of interest, the fastest routes through traffic or use TomTom’s service to find the best fuel prices. It retails for $299.99 including three months of connectivity. After that, the company is charging a $9.95 per month subscription fee. more

Grid Week: A telecom missed opportunity

This week I attend my first Grid Week conference in Washington D.C., but I wasn’t the only newbie there. In contrast to most telecom trade shows this year, this jam-packed conference, in its third year of existence, sold out. The mostly vendor-driven show did have one important (at least to Connected Planet) segment missing, however – telecom service providers. more

Grid Week: AT&T eyeing smart grid services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AT&T (NYSE:T), like most telecom service providers, has gotten a foothold in the smart grid market by offering up its network to utilities seeking two-way communication with their customers. Today most deals stop at the network, but AT&T is realizing that the real market opportunity could come from providing services on top of the network to their utility customers. more

Grid Week: How physically diverse networks benefit the grid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The need for physically diverse networks (PDNs) becomes painfully clear after natural disasters or an event like the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The planes that crashed into the World Trade Center took out most of the wireless communication networks, with the exception of a few. One of the remaining networks was run by Teligent, a predecessor to FiberTower Corporation (NASDAQ:FTWR), a backhaul aggregator that owns national spectrum, including two bands of wireless spectrum and a hybrid fiber network in 13 markets. FTWR was able to remain operational because it was running a PDN. The lessons learned on that day are particularly applicable in today’s rollout of smart grid initiatives in which redundancy is crucial, according to Joe Sandri, FTWR’s senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs. more

4G World: Cisco’s Nagesh urges adaptive personalization

Although all-you-can-eat packages tend to dominate wireless pricing today, operators are exploring ways to introduce creative pricing plans that draw on what consumers’ value and – most importantly – are willing to pay extra for. And with the growth of mobile data traffic, this may become necessary to make money on data. According to Cisco’s director of service provider marketing Kittur Nagesh, wireless operators need to build new business models around consumer’s favorite applications. more

4G World: Opera Mini 5 launches as consumers embrace mobile browsing

Of all the phone-owning consumers in the world, 31% are browsing one of the two million mobile Web domains in use today at least once a month, according to the Yankee Group. News, search and weather are the most popular destinations, but that is due in part to the fact that other mobile sties fail to deliver an optimal experience. The Yankee Group gave most mobile Web sites it studied a ranking of only 52 out of 100. more

FLO TV, Audiovox take mobile TV on the road

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) today announced the latest step in its consumer strategy – capturing the market for live mobile TV in vehicles. Building off a partnership it announced at January’s CES with automotive entertainment provider Audiovox (NASDAQ:VOXX), the companies said today they would begin distributing the multicast mobile TV service to more than 12,000 new car dealers across 85 markets. 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

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