AFL (Spartanburg, SC) has signed an agreement to acquire TCC Group, a telecommunications network implementation and integration provider based in Bracknell, United Kingdom. TCC Group will join the AFL global portfolio to provide communications services to the European markets.
The worldwide ethernet switch market experienced a decline of 9.1% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11), while the worldwide router market performed better with 6.9% year-over-year growth in 1Q11 in spite of a seasonal sequential decline, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Network Tracker. The results reflect a pause in the ethernet switching market after a strong recovery in the previous year, with the North American market leading the decline among the regions.
Xigo (Manassas, VA), the cloud-based solution that simplifies managing enterprise telecommunications costs, conducted a research audit on data gleaned from its base of 250,000 phones under advisement for the month of March 2011. Xigo’s research findings indicate that average enterprise mobile phone users with wireless data plans use less than one-sixth of their monthly cap, and users with voice plans use slightly more than two-thirds of their allotted minutes. As a result, enterprises are paying for considerably more data and voice bandwidth than their employees actually need.
Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ) and TeleNav, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the availability of TeleNav Asset Tracker. The product provides enterprise customers, utilizing location-based services (LBS) enabled wireless devices, with near real-time location information, as well as critical activity alerts, for cargo, delivery trucks or other mobile assets.
Nokia said on Friday it was negotiating with several chipset suppliers for its future Windows Phone models after deciding to use Qualcomm in its first smartphones using Microsoft's software.
Nokia announced in February it would use Microsoft's Windows Phone software in all of its smartphones.
Microsoft Windows Phone operating system (OS) is available only on Qualcomm's chips, but the U.S. software giant has said it was expanding the supplier base.
"The first Nokias based on Windows Phone will have the Qualcomm chipset," said a Nokia spokesman.
Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday that it now sells more digital e-books than paper books and that its recently introduced lower-priced Kindle e-reader is outselling other versions of the device.
Amazon, which does not divulge exact sales figures for the Kindle or e-books, said that for every 100 print books it has sold since April 1, it has sold 105 e-books. That includes both paperback and hardcover books, but excludes free downloads.
Last month, Amazon introduced a Kindle for $114, or $25 less than its next most expensive version, featuring advertising.
tw telecom (Littleton, Colorado), a provider of managed services, including Ethernet, converged and VPN solutions for businesses in South Carolina and throughout the U.S., today announced that KEMET Corporation has selected it to provide Gigabit Ethernet Service to connect KEMET's North American headquarters in Simpsonville, S.C., to one of its data centers in Columbia, S.C.
Verizon Wireless (New York, NY) and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) today announced a mobile application that can instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions. The new Medco Pharmacy mobile app delivers critical information to help Medco members manage their prescription medications.
Saxon Infotech, Inc. (Columbia, MD), a strategic IT services consulting, development and staffing firm, announces today that it is making a significant investment of talent and resources to support and participate in a joint development effort with a major Institute of Technology and Research to develop and bring to market a cloud-based mobile telemedicine application. The company is targeting delivery in the second quarter of 2012.
VeriFone Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA), and MICROS Systems, Inc. (Columbia, MD), today announced a solution that integrates restaurant management systems with smart mobile devices, allowing consumers to pay at the table with electronic wallets on mobile phones utilizing Near Field Communications (NFC).