Verizon's iPhone now in stores, ending AT&T exclusivity

Antenna problems may persist

After more than three years of AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) exclusivity, Verizon Wireless' (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) iPhone finally goes on sale today in the U.S. After years of pent-up demand from its customers, Verizon has seen very strong pre-launch demand for Apple's handset. Analysts predict, on average, that Verizon could sell more than 12 million units this year.

Dish Network buys DBSD for $1 billion

Deal includes DBSD’s existing debt

Dish Network Corp. (Meridian, CO, USA) will purchase DBSD North America for approximately $1 billion. DBSD is a combination satellite and land-based communication company.

DBSD is currently is chapter 11 bankruptcy and, as a condition of the purchase, Dish has agreed to an $87.5 million debtor credit. The deal will include interest that is accruing on DBSD’s existing debt. The transaction will be finalized after regulatory approval and DBSD’s emergence from bankruptcy.

Dish is a satellite TV company that provides service to over 14 million U.S. subscribers.

Research suggests mobile backhaul market will exceed $8 billion by 2015

Overall growth of more than 40 percent

Dell'Oro Group

In a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group (Redwood City, CA, USA), mobile backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015. The report tracks two market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.

Tekelec introduces RAN-aware policy management

Policy enforcement for QoE-centered strategy

Tekelec (Morrisville, NC, USA) is converging its suite of network intelligence and policy control solutions into a system known as RAN-aware policy management. The solution draws intelligence and technology from existing Tekelec offerings such as its proprietary Performance Intelligence Center (Version 7.0 launched in November 2010), the SDM suite (acquired from Blueslice Networks in May 2010) and the Camiant Policy Management PCRF (acquired in May 2010).

Verizon Wireless implements network management system

Throttling and compression for 'extraordinary' data users

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) has released a PDF containing information about a new network management and throttling system. Two new techniques will be implemented which include network optimization and transcoding technology designed to transmit data files more efficiently, reducing network load. Verizon will also cache less data, using less capacity, and size videos for the appropriate device.

Tone adds VOIP quality control to 'ReliaTel' suite

SIP trunking becomes more and more relevant to corporate networks

Tone Software Corporation (Anaheim, CA, USA), a provider of network monitoring and management solutions has released its "ReliaTel" VoIP quality of service (QoS) and Converged Infrastructure Management software. This product adds to the ReliaTel core competency of managing voice quality, network service levels and the physical voice and data infrastructure.

Exinda and VADition partner for WAN optimization

Expands Exinda customer base

Exinda (Andover, MA, USA), a provider of WAN optimization solutions, has signed a distribution agreement with VADition, a U.K.-based distributor of technology solutions for enterprises. The agreement expands Exinda's sales capabilities in the U.K. and enables Exinda's partners to expand their customer base.

LightSquared secures FCC approval

Concerns over Defense Department interference mitigated

In follow-up to last week's report that LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), an upstart 4G wholesaler, may interfere with systems such as Defense Department communications, the company announced it has secured approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to offer dual-mode or terrestrial-only devices.

Handset telematics will spike by 2016

Issues such as safety and interoperability still remain

ABI Research

The number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will explode from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region, according to the latest ABI Research (New York) forecasts.

Teladoc secures $4 million investment for telemedicine

Company delivers "on demand" remote medical care

Teladoc Medical Services (Dallas, TX, USA) has announced a $4 million investment to fund its next phase of its operation. The innovative firm, founded in 2002, provides remote telehealth consultations via a national network of locally-licensed participating physicians, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year.

Teladoc physicians have access to the customer's electronic medical record thanks to a Continuity of Care Record (CCR) exchange. The physicians then use the detailed clinical histories to remotely diagnose and recommend treatment for non-emergency medical problems.

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