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.
KT Corp, South Korea's No.2 mobile carrier, said on Thursday that it plans to become the top shareholder of credit card processing firm BC Card, betting on mobile payment services to generate new revenue.
KT (Seoul) said in a statement that its board had approved its planned purchase of a combined 33.85 percent stake in BC Card from Woori Bank and Shinhan Card.
A new optimizer for mobile backhaul applications is said to double the amount of data standard networks can handle, allowing network operators to leverage existing networks for significant cost savings. The I-Gate 4000 from Dialogic Inc. (San Jose, CA USA) provides for voice- and data-stream optimization for 3G, 2G, and enterprise traffic, and is said to significantly improve the customer experience. The unit will be introduced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress In Barcelona.
IEEE (Piscataway, NJ USA) has announced that the final IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard was finalized in December 2010 and is now available at its website. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this BPL standard is designed for use in a wide range of applications including smart energy, transportation and Local Area Networks (LANs) in both the home and the enterprise.
As cell phone penetration in the US hits 95% (100% if you rule out kids under 5 years of age), the battleground for the largest telecom carriers has shifted to machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. And it looks like AT&T (Dallas, TX USA) has just gotten its nose ahead in this race, adding almost 2 million devices in Q4 2010. (Note: this includes consumer and computing devices like eReaders, tablets and laptops.)
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 (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).
Boston-based Cloud Technology Partners announced its launch this morning. The cloud-focused systems integrator, started by Cambridge Technology partners founder Chris Greendale, has been active since last spring. In an interview last week, Greendale told Mass High Tech his company expects to have 40 people on staff by the end of February. Five of the company’s first 11 hires are Cambridge Technology Partners veterans, including Erik Sebesta, the company’s chief architect and technology officer.
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.
Sunrise Telecom (San Jose, CA, USA) and Calnex Solutions (Linlithgow, West Lothian, UK) announced at this week’s Metro Ethernet Forum Quarterly meeting that they will partner to sell and support Calnex’s "Paragon" family of test solutions for mobile backhaul in Latin America.
Sunrise Telecom will serve as a channel partner to market, sell and support Calnex products to customers in Latin America. Sunrise already carries an established presence in the region, which will help Calnex extend its market reach.