Last week, technology and consulting firm IBM (Armonk, N.Y., U.S.A.) unveiled findings from its "2011 IBM Global Utility Consumer Survey" which revealed that many consumers around the globe did not know what a smart grid was, as well as did not understand the basic unit of electricity pricing and other energy concepts used by energy providers. IBM surveyed more than 10,000 people across 15 countries to explore the wants and needs of energy consumers worldwide.
According to a new report by market research and consulting firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), by 2017 it is forecasted that more than 1.5 million Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations will be available in the United States, with a total of 7.7 million locations worldwide. The research firm anticipates that increasing demand for charge points will be driven in part by a rapid decline in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) prices, which will require manufacturers to adapt their business models as volumes continue to increase.
A new telestroke program at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) (Savannah, Ga., U.S.A.) is providing stroke assistance in rural regions of Georgia. Utilizing real-time audio and video conferencing, neurologists at MUMC can assess a patient and communicate treatment plans with doctors in regions that do not have a neurologist available, says the hospital.
According to an MUMC spokesperson, the program anticipates performing about 100 acute patient consults a year with further growth in the future.
TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), a manufacturer of automotive navigation systems, on Monday announced the launch of a portable navigation device with a suite of travel applications including real-time traffic updates.
The connected TomTom GO LIVE 1535M device combines road and traffic information from TomTom HD Traffic with travel-related applications to give people information needed to navigate more efficiently, according to the company. The device will be available starting in October and will cost $249.
SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea), the top mobile carrier in South Korea, said on Monday it beat rival KT Corp in an auction for the license for the 1.8 GHz spectrum band for $920 million, more than double the initial bid price.
The auction for the so-called "golden spectrum" for next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) services was hotly contested by the two mobile operators struggling to grab a bigger share of the growing smartphone market.
On Wednesday Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) announced it had completed the asset purchase agreement to acquire Telenor Connexion's (Stockholm, Sweden) M2M technology platform, previously announced on April 19, 2011. The acquisition follows Ericsson's ambition to participate in the market for M2M communication, adding ten employees that are being transferred as part of the deal, says the company.
Ericsson's M2M service, the Device Connection Platform, offers telecom operators a way to set up M2M services for enterprise customers, according to Ericsson.
AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) said on Wednesday that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has requested more information about its acquisition of T-Mobile in relation to its commitment to expand high-speed wireless services to 97% of all Americans.
"Requests from the FCC staff for additional information are to be expected given the detailed review they are undertaking," AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said.
On Wednesday, Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive of Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) without specifying a reason. Tim Cook, the company's Chief Operating Officer, who has been standing in for Jobs during his medical leave, has been named the new CEO. Jobs will serve as Chairman.
Jobs has spent 14 years as CEO at Apple, a company he brought back from the brink of bankruptcy and turned into the world's largest technology corporation.
The telecom industry has undergone drastic changes over the last few decades, from a service only able to deliver voice capabilities, to a service where voice is one of a large number of features delivered across a network. These changes have accumulated to the point where another major change is imminent, a change to an all-IP (Internet Protocol) infrastructure. This change is already happening, but with TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) technology still being used for the majority of phone calls today, it may be further away than first anticipated.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) would begin selling the next version of the Apple Inc (Cupertino Calif., U.S.A.) iPhone in mid-October, making it the third U.S. telecom provider to distribute the smartphone.
Last week, another major telecom provider reported talks with Apple over potentially selling the iPhone. China Mobile (Beijing, China) said it would like to start selling the iPhone soon to accelerate uptake of high-end 3G services as it reported first-half profit at the top end of expectations.