The U.S. Congress was introduced to The Broadband Affordability Act on Tuesday, which will aim to help bridge the digital divide by making in-home broadband services more affordable for lower-income American families. The Act was introduced by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), a member of the House of Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimated in 2010 that 28 million Americans do not subscribe to broadband services because of affordability barriers.
Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France), a telecommunications vendor, on Tuesday announced that OJSC Mobile TeleSystems “MTS” (Moscow, Russia), a network operator, has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) networking technology for its optical transport network in metropolitan areas. The project will aim to increase MTS’s network capacity to support 3G services and prepare for LTE technology.
By using WDM networking, it will allow MTS to use its current electronics and fibers, but share those fibers by transmitting different channels at different wavelengths.
Telefónica (Madrid, Spain) and Orange (Paris, France), providers of communication services, have signed an agreement on Tuesday to allow customers in their respective networks to conduct telepresence sessions.
This agreement comes right after another telepresence deal made by Orange, having made an agreement with Tata Communications in April.
According to Orange, the agreement with Telefónica aims to create an open environment that allows customers of various telepresence providers open access to connect across a much broader business ecosystem.
SK Telecom Co. (Seoul, South Korea) requested on Wednesday that regulators sanction KT Corp (Seongnam, South Korea) and LG Uplus (Seoul, South Korea) for allegedly hurting competition with excessive handset purchase subsidies.
SK Telecom, which controls more than half of the country's mobile phone market, asked the Korea Communications Commission to probe marketing activities by KT Corp and LG Uplus, to which it lost a net 23,800 customers from the beginning of May to June 14.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea) will become the world's largest smartphone maker this quarter, overtaking Nokia Oyj (Espoo, Finland) which has lead the market since 1996, Nomura, a provider of investment and global market capabilities, said on Monday.
In the next quarter Nomura also predicts Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif.) overtaking Nokia, pushing the Finnish company to No. 3 in the rankings.
Garmin Ltd. (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), a provider of satellite navigation, and Navigon AG (Hamburg, Germany), a manufacturer of GPS devices and navigation software, announced Tuesday that Garmin Ltd. and the shareholders of Navigon AG have signed an agreement for a subsidiary of Garmin to acquire privately-held navigation provider Navigon AG ("Navigon").
Eurotech (Udine, Italy) and Mondialpol Service (Milan, Italy) last Monday announced the finalization of an agreement for the real-time monitoring of deliveries and withdrawals of cash via cloud computing thanks to "Cloud Ready" mobile devices from Eurotech. The agreement will aim to improve the service level provided to the Intesa Sanpaolo Group (Turin, Italy), making cash transport and counting more efficient and increasing security standards.
Neul (Cambridge, UK), a company offering products and services for the emerging TV white space spectrum, on Monday announced the launch NeulNET, a production wireless radio system that is designed to use free, high quality white space spectrum, delivering wireless connections over long distances.
White space radio takes advantage of unused TV channels as we switch from analogue TV to digital TV. Signals in these frequencies can travel long distances and easily penetrate walls. This makes white space radio ideal for long-range applications that require wide-area connectivity.
Sensus (Raleigh, N.C.), a utilities infrastructure company, on Monday announced its AquaSense intelligent water management system, which integrates the Sensus FlexNet two-way communications network- a network that provides smart grid utilities with multiple channels free of interference from competing traffic- with advanced meters, software and services to help utilities boost operational efficiency and customer engagement.
Sensus is helping water utilities across the country implement water management projects.
Octo Telematics (Rome, Italy), a company providing telematics to the insurance and automotive market, on Wednesday announced its partnership with Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden), an M2M network provider. The partnership will allow Octo Telematics to use Telenor’s standardized connectivity applications for multiple markets including an online service portal and APN/VPN.