Priority One - Securing the Digital infrastructure
The rapid advancement and application of digital technology has improved electric system operations, reliability, and process efficiency. But it carries with it a heavy responsibility. We must now safeguard this increasingly ubiquitous element of the grid from those who would seek to disrupt technology and cause harm
On Wednesday, Telefonica's O2 (Slough, England) announced plans to introduce free calls to mobiles and landlines over the internet. This decision highlights a key challenge for mobile operators - overcoming the commoditization of voice calls - a process which is being facilitated by falling mobile termination rates. Offering their own applications will be one way for operators to differentiate their products and retain a share of this growing market.
For the first time in history, wireless subscriber connections have surpassed the population in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), which means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. is 103.9%, according to a survey connected by CTIA- the Wireless Association.
According to Cisco estimates, the number of mobile-only Internet users will reach 788 million by 2015 – a 56-fold increase from the 14 million users in 2010. Further, Morgan Stanley analysts predict that, based on the current rate of change and adoption, mobile web usage will overtake desktop usage by 2015.
On Wednesday, TelecomEngine got a chance to visit with Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.) at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California to get a demo of their newest piece of technology.
Verizon showcased the Mobile UC Client, a tool that allows a person’s business landline number to be assessable from their mobile phone. According to Bill Versen, director of Advanced Mobile Communications at Verizon, this is meant to leverage existing infrastructure to extend the Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to the mobile phone.
On Monday, a day before the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show was set to get underway in San Diego, California, the GSM Association, including top executives from AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.), Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) and Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) came together to speak about the major revenue opportunities that exist with mobile connected devices.
Global mobile data growth is driving innovative solutions from service providers that include everything from billing schemes to technology solutions. This accelerated growth of mobile data traffic is being fuelled by the continued advancement of smartphone and “superphone” technology and the advanced applications they enable. Additionally, picture and video intensive networking, including social networking, have further compounded capacity demands on mobile networks.
Shares of Research In Motion (Ontario, Canada) jumped more than 14% on Wednesday morning on takeover speculation a day after the BlackBerry maker fell below $20 for the first time in almost six years.
The stock jumped $2.95 to $23.95 on the Nasdaq by 11 a.m., with a market report from British newspaper The Independent citing unsubstantiated talk that Vodafone (London, England) could consider buying RIM.
Japan's NEC Corp (Tokyo, Japan) plans to start manufacturing mobile phone network devices in India to meet growing demand in emerging nations, the Nikkei business daily said. NEC will build a new plant in the southern Indian city of Chennai by the end of fiscal 2011 at a cost of around $13 million.
NEC is one of the leading makers of microwave radio link devices, which are used to wirelessly connect mobile phone base stations. To guard its strong position in the market amid the soaring yen, NEC has decided to create a low-cost production base overseas.
Few organizations have moved to cloud computing and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published by computer security firm Symantec (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) said on Tuesday found. Fewer than one in five organizations questioned have outsourced the hosting of their applications to cloud computing providers, with two-thirds in early discussions, in trials or not considering a move.