nPhase, which this week showcased example partner capabilities with Axeda Corporation Sierra Wireless and CalAmp, provided more details on their nPhase ONE developer program at CTIA Wireless 2011. A Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm Incorporated joint venture, nPhase last week announced a new machine-to-machine (M2M) developer program, called nPhase ONE, that will provide a single M2M application development platform with comprehensive support and advanced M2M capabilities engineered for deployment on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone mobile networks.
Portugal Telecom (Lisbon, Portugal) said today it had signed the necessary contracts to seal the purchase of a 22.38 percent direct and indirect stake in Brazil's main fixed-line phone carrier Oi (Rio de Janeiro) for 8.32 billion reais ($4.98 billion). The deal, drafted last July, effectively means the return of Portugal Telecom as a major player to fast-growing Brazil after it sold its stake in Brazil's top mobile firm Vivo to Spain's Telefonica for 7.5 billion euros last year.
As mobile usage in the developed countries moves rapidly from voice to applications, the level of call processing in the network must increase correspondingly. Applications such as video and navigation require hundreds of times more data than voice, and the network’s processing capabilities must be upgraded to handle it. Yet choices now being made about 4G infrastructures will significantly impact operators’ ability to scale processing power as needed.