U.S. Government announces new initiatives for smart grid technologies

The Obama Administration on Monday announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of the Nation’s electric infrastructure, bolster electric-grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy.

Customer experience management and the demand for mobile data services: Tekelec one-on-one

Thanks to a boom in mobile devices and the popularity of mobile data services, customer appetite for mobile bandwidth is growing. The challenge for mobile operators is that demand is outpacing revenue growth, creating a gap that threatens the technology's economic promise. TelecomEngine spoke with Lane Liley, Director of Product Management at Tekelec, to discuss how customer experience management, among other strategies, might provide a way for operators to stay profitable while keeping their customers happy.

Focusing on your subscribers in a mobile broadband world

The convergence of technology, devices and content has ushered in a sea change in mobile communications. A growing breed of access devices is changing how people communicate by enabling an “always-on,” connected experience. Media-rich applications are supplanting basic voice services. And, Internet protocol networks are replacing circuit-switched networks to provide the bandwidth and speed to support today's interactive lifestyle.

Ciena unveils advanced packet-optical platforms, Unified Management System

Ciena Corporation (Linthicum, Md.), a supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, on Monday announced the evolution of its packet-optical portfolio designed to enable intelligent infrastructures using advanced silicon, software and switching technologies. Ciena also announced its OneControl Unified Management System, a component of its software portfolio that unifies visibility and control of wavelength, OTN and packet services from edge access through the network core.

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Intelligent Switching

LightSquared nears deadline with FCC over GPS interference

With its final report deadline with the U.S. Global Position System Industry Council (USGIC) fast approaching, and rumored talks with both Sprint and AT&T ongoing, LightSquared’s (Reston, Va.) plans of a 4G-LTE nationwide wireless broadband service could sink or swim in the upcoming months.

Verizon and Blueforce deliver information mobility for national security teams through M2M

Last Thursday Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Blueforce Development Corporation (Salem, Mass.) announced a partnership to deliver information mobility and advanced situational awareness for human-to-human and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions using Verizon Wireless’ network and services.

“The nature of national security is changing. Now its small units striking at the same time who wish to do harm,” said Mike Helfrich, CEO of Blueforce Development. “It’s about mobility.”

Automakers participate in development of in-vehicle wireless charging

Global automakers including General Motors (Detroit, Mich.), Volkswagen (Wolfsburg, Germany) and Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) are all working to develop wireless in-vehicle charging, a technology that allows motorists to recharge the batteries of their mobile devices while on the road, new research from IHS iSuppli, a technology research firm, indicates.

ZTE to power BelTelecom GPON FTTH national broadband network

ZTE Corporation (ShenZhen, P.R.C), a global provider of telecommunications equipment, announced it will supply GPON fiber to the home (FTTH) equipment for BelTelecom’s (Minsk, Belarus) national broadband network project in Belarus.

AT&T becomes first foreign telecom operator to receive license in Indonesia

AT&T (Dallas, Texas) announced Wednesday it has become the first foreign telecom operator to secure a Multimedia Services Operator (MSO) license in Indonesia.

Indonesia Government's policy permits up to 95% foreign ownership for communications services in the country. AT&T owns 95% of the joint venture.

Apple introduces iCloud

Apple (Cupertino, Calif.),on Monday introduced iCloud, a cloud service that works with applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all other devices. According to Apple, when anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated.

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