Toshiba cautious on nuclear, eyes renewables including smart grid

Reuters

Toshiba Corp said it may need to push back by several years a target to capture 39 orders for nuclear reactors and that it would expand sales in renewables, amid tighter safety standards in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Orders for four AP1000 reactors in China are on target, but approval delays in the United States and other countries could block the firm's goal to expand nuclear sales to 1 trillion yen ($12.2 billion) in four years, Toshiba said.

M2M device detects heart arrhythmia

Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a global provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company, and TZ Medical (Portland, Ore.), a manufacturer of critical-care medical products, today announced Aera-CT, a lightweight and cost effective mHealth heart arrhythmia monitoring device. Equipped with the Cinterion MC75i module, the Aera-CT is expected to be commercially available in North America in Q3, 2011 followed by rolling launches throughout the world.

Samsung selects Ethertronics for smartphone technology

Ethertonics (San Diego Calif.), a technology company enabling the future direction of mobile communications via its portfolio of antenna and RF solutions, today announced that its Isolated Magnetic Dipole (IMD) antenna technology is enabling broadband connectivity for Samsung's new Infuse 4G smartphone, which is being dubbed as the world's thinnest 4G smartphone.

In today's smartphones and the Infuse 4G in particular, designing an antenna solution that will support competitive form factor design, yet meet stringent RF specifications is challenging.

Leap opposes proposed AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Leap Wireless International, Inc. (San Diego, California), a provider of wireless communications services and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, Inc., today announced their opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a nationwide competitor to AT&T and the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier.

According to a press release issued by Leap:

Tekelec introduces customer experience management portfolio

Tekelec (Morrisville, NC), the mobile broadband solutions company, introduced a new customer experience management (CEM) portfolio to correlate subscriber experiences, service usage, handset metrics as well as network and service accessibility and reliability. The resulting combination of network and service intelligence gives service providers a complete view of the subscriber experience within the network along with customized views to improve performance and deliver more personalized services.

PLX achieves 300 meter reach with 10GBase-T transceivers

PLX Technology, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA.), a company providing high-speed connectivity solutions for the enterprise and the home, today announced it has successfully demonstrated 10Gbps Ethernet data and electrical transfer, in full compliance with the IEEE 802.3an standard, over a distance of 300 meters using typical, widely installed Cat6A unshielded twisted pair copper cable.

AFL acquires TCC Group

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.

IDC shows weak start to 2011 in ethernet switch and router 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.

Average employee uses only 13% of monthly wireless data cap

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 expands M2M product suite

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.

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