Last week The Hacker’s Choice (THC), an independent security research group, claimed that Vodafone’s (London, England) mobile network was not secure from hackers.
According to THC’s blog, there is a problem with Vodafone’s Sure Signal femtocell, which uses broadband to give 3G mobile phones better coverage when indoors. THC claims that it can turn the femtocell into an interception device to listen to, and record conversations, as long as the femtocell is within 50 meters of the mobile phone.
Last week the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) submitted a letter to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the “poor administration of the Rural Healthcare program.”
The Rural Health Care Program is designed to provide discounts to eligible rural healthcare providers for telecommunication services and monthly internet service charges. It also aims to deploy telehealth services where immediate health services are not readily available.
Quake Global, Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of M2M communicators for asset tracking, and BIGmate Monitoring Services Pty Ltd (West Mackay, Australia), a provider of telematics software, have announced their partnership to bring BIGmate’s telematics application to Quake’s new line of M2M satellite and dual mode modems.
Designed for fixed and mobile use, the Q4000 and Q-Pro modems aim to provide global M2M communications with land, marine or aviation based assets and equipment such as heavy machinery, fleets, ships and containers.
France Telecom is weighing a bid for the fourth-largest mobile operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as part of its effort to expand in fast-growing markets in the Middle East and Africa.
A deal for Congo-China Telecom (CCT), still being negotiated, would involve buying a 51% stake owned by Chinese telecom vendor ZTE , and the 49% that the national government has put up for sale.
On Friday a source close to the matter reported that TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a semiconductor manufacturer, has begun trial manufacturing of next generation chips for Apple Inc's (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) mobile devices, a sign that Apple is moving away from its long-time chip supplier, Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).
Taoglas Limited (Wexford, Ireland), an M2M antenna provider, on Thursday launched an LTE, septa-band, surface mount antenna (SMT), which is said to deliver 70 % more efficiency in a design that is smaller than current market wide-band antennas.
According to Taoglas, this PA.700.A Viking antenna covers all worldwide cellular bands from 700 MHz to 960 MHz and 1710 MHz to 2170 MHz for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, DCS, PCS, UMTS, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE and LTE. The PA.700.A Viking is an off-the-shelf LTE antenna that can be used with any M2M product manufacturer for 4G/3G/2G capabilities in small devices.
China Telecom (Beijing, China) plans to offer its 106 million subscribers the Apple Inc (Cupertino, California) iPhone by the end of 2011, sources said on Wednesday.
The move would help China Telecom, the smallest of the country's three telecommunications operators, establish more 3G users in a competitive market. China Telecom operates the country's largest fixed-line network and is a relative newcomer to the mobile market.
Telecom Italia (Rome Italy), the country’s largest telecom operator, is set to buy Brazilian fiber-optic grid company AES Atimus (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) for $1 billion.
Like European peers including France Telecom and Portugal Telecom, Telecom Italia has pursued growth in emerging markets to offset weaker growth at home.
The Italian company, Europe's No.5 telecoms operator, has relied on its Brazilian unit to drive growth in recent years and this deal is expected to further its prospects in Latin America.
An intensifying quarrel between technology companies, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) and Apple (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) is triggering expectations that both companies will be looking to partner with other companies in the near future.
Last year, Apple was Samsung's No. 2 customer, accounting for $5.7 billion of sales tied mainly to semiconductors, according to Samsung's annual report. It has since become Samsung's top client.
SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea), South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, and STX Corp (Jinhae, South Korea), a trading services company, entered the fray to buy a $2.3 billion stake in Hynix Semiconductor (Icheon, South Korea), the world's No. 2 computer memory chipmaker.
Both companies said they had submitted their initial interest to creditors for the 15% stake in the first round of bidding which closed on Friday. A successful bid would mean a shift in focus and a first step into the computer chip business for either firm.