IBM predicts rising 'mobile threats'

Electric grids, water systems, embedded devices may be vulnerable

Kristin Lovejoy, VP of Strategy for IBM Security Solutions, predicts 2011 will see the first cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as electric grids or water systems.

In an interview with SearchSecurity.com, Lovejoy says "when it comes to the embedded devices, there's two things we're worried about. We're worried about people using those devices to cause some sort of harm or to cause societal conflict. Alternatively, we're seeing the use of those devices to enable support for some form of financial gain."

The Potential of User Analytics

Navigating the path between customer experience, customer information, and profitability

As competition and the economic crunch pit themselves against communications service providers (CSPs), it’s getting harder and harder for them to maintain profitability, so the search is on for ways of exploiting underused assets. Take customers for example – CSPs have them by the billions, yet they often know almost nothing about them other than an address or a phone number in the eyes of many providers.

M2M device connections will jump to 2.1 billion by 2020

New research from Analysys Mason

The global market for machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections will grow from 62 million devices in 2010 to 2.1 billion devices in 2020, according to a new report from Analysys Mason (London, UK). With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade.

The "Machine-to-machine devices connections: worldwide forecast 2010-2020" covers 8 regions, 7 industry segments, and 20 product/solution categories.

ITU redefines '4G'

International body loosens definition to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+

Commercially deployed LTE, WiMax, HSPA+, and even "evolved" forms of 3G now may all be accurately referred to as "4G." The International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, Switzerland) has altered the definition of the "4G" standard to one that aligns with the marketing activities of companies like Sprint, Clearwire, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless; though public controversy will no doubt continue.

AT&T will purchase Qualcomm spectrum licenses for nearly $2 billion

Qualcomm's 'FLO TV' service to be shut down in March

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, CA, USA) announced today that AT&T has agreed to purchase spectrum licenses in the lower 700 MHz frequency band from Qualcomm for $1.925 billion. The bold move will boost AT&T’s anticipated 4G mobile broadband rollout in the U.S. over the coming years.

Policy and Charging

The network's 'Dynamic Duo'

The surging popularity of smartphones over the past few years has caused some serious issues for the broadband networks which consumers depend on every day. Network issues revolve around a growing capacity crunch, mainly due to the availability of streaming media and rich content being accessed by next-generation devices. A report released by ABI Research in September 2010 estimates there will be more than 1.5 billion active mobile broadband consumers by 2015. In other words, network performance will continue to decline unless solutions are put in place to mitigate the congestion.

FCC adopts 'Net Neutrality' rules for Internet traffic

Providers may ration network access

U.S. communications regulators adopted Internet traffic rules on Tuesday that prevent providers from blocking lawful content but still let them ration access to their networks. Operators may still legally institute policy control and traffic management, but prioritizing that traffic based on content is against the FCC's order.

How satellite and 4G will coexist

Satellite technology fueling cellular backhaul services

Satellite, when combined with 4G wireless, offers two very powerful advantages for stakeholders. First, it provides a large amount of spectrum. That spectrum enables delivery of next-generation wireless services in a world that is increasingly underserved by terrestrial spectrum and is moving in the direction of broadband wireless. Also, satellite’s large coverage footprint offers unparalleled reach to the next frontier of un-served and underserved suburban, rural and remote areas.

AT&T forms Healthcare IT Division

Will focus on telehealth, cloud, wireless monitoring

The American Medical Association is reporting that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) announced it has formed a division geared toward health information technology, a market it estimates to be worth nearly $34 billion.

The new division, AT&T ForHealth, will focus on the development and delivery of health IT solutions, including telehealth, cloud computing and wireless monitoring devices.

Cisco introduces 'Carrier Packet Transport System'

Foundation for next generation data transport

Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA, USA) today announced a solution designed for migrating service provider transport infrastructures to support next-generation IP-based services, called Carrier Packet Transport (CPT). The company claims this solution combines the reliability of the transport network with efficiencies of packet technology to deliver current and future services.

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