Editor’s Observe: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Fireplace up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!
Lucent lands deal to ship Verizon’s EV-DO community
Lucent Applied sciences Inc. bolstered its CDMA profile and its place within the coronary heart of Verizon Wi-fi with a whopping $5 billion contract with the most important wi-fi provider in america. The deal, which replaces its settlement in March 2001, jolted the seller’s inventory upward by 3.85 p.c to $3.51. The expired contract additionally was valued at $5 billion. Each corporations stated the brand new settlement consists of the $525 million contract introduced in March, which named Lucent as a key provider for Verizon’s BroadbandAccess high-speed knowledge community. “With this settlement, Lucent will proceed as Verizon Wi-fi’ major next-generation community infrastructure provider,” stated each corporations. “For Lucent, it’s an amazing alternative,” remarked Michael Grossi, principal at consulting agency Adventis. “For Verizon, it’s a crucial step. Verizon has traditionally prided itself on its high quality and attain of its networks.” He stated Lucent will see this as a chance to make inroads to Dash, which can announce a deal of the identical scope. He defined the deal supplies an opportunity for Lucent to exhibit their gear and engineering. Underneath the deal, Lucent will provide gear, software program and companies to Verizon’s CDMA2000 1x EV-DO community. … Learn extra
Operators eye EDGE
BELLEVUE, Wash.-As soon as thought of a expertise with little future, EDGE networks at present quantity greater than 100, in line with business affiliation 3G Americas. The group stated greater than 100 operators in 63 international locations from all areas of the world are in numerous levels of readiness for EDGE expertise. Along with the 28 operators providing business EDGE companies to clients, there are 32 operators actively deploying EDGE, 33 deliberate EDGE deployments, eight operators with EDGE-capable networks, and 7 different operators with EDGE networks reported within the trial part. … Learn extra
Virgin Cellular strikes Comedy Central content material deal
Pay as you go wi-fi supplier Virgin Cellular USA L.L.C. added content material from Comedy Central to its already intensive knowledge content material choice offered by various youth-oriented manufacturers together with MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon. The settlement with Comedy Central, which Virgin stated is a part of a broad ongoing strategic alliance with MTV Networks, will present particular Comedy Central video games, display screen savers, wallpapers, information alerts and voice greetings. Virgin famous that the preliminary unique content material will revolve across the Comedy Central present “Crank Yankers,” with further content material from different reveals, together with “South Park” and “Drawn Collectively,” set to comply with later this 12 months. “The robust efficiency of different MTV Networks content material on Virgin Cell phones proved to us the worth of bringing Comedy Central to this medium,” stated Cathy Tankosic, senior vice chairman of selling for Comedy Central. … Learn extra
Faculty college students present curiosity in Bluetooth
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Brief-range wi-fi applied sciences like Bluetooth have a promising future, in line with the Bluetooth Particular Curiosity Group, which lately surveyed 5,000 faculty college students on the subject. Greater than half of the respondents acknowledged Bluetooth wi-fi expertise, and 11 p.c stated they’re at present utilizing it, in line with the Bluetooth SIG. “We consider these outcomes give us a preview of Bluetooth demand within the coming years-for the expertise typically, in addition to for particular purposes comparable to hands-free within the car, wi-fi printing and peer-to-peer gaming.” Based on the group, 35 p.c of respondents to the survey stated they discuss on their telephones whereas driving one to 3 instances per week, 24 p.c stated they use telephones whereas driving at the least as soon as a day, and 13 p.c stated they use their telephones each time they drive. … Learn extra
Pre-teens spend extra money on cell than sweet, report says
LONDON-The worldwide marketplace for pre-teen cell companies may attain $43.1 billion by 2009, in line with a brand new report by Visiongain Ltd. The pre-teen market consists of youngsters between the ages of 5 and 14, in line with the brand new report, “Focusing on the Pre Teen Cellular Market-Evaluation and Forecasts 2004-2009.” Pre-teens spend twice as a lot per week on cellphones as they do on sweets, stated the report, they usually have an growing quantity of disposable revenue. Nevertheless, this group has been troublesome to market to as a result of moral issues surrounding promoting cellphones to youngsters … Learn extra
UWB requirements battle
The requirements impasse over ultra-wideband expertise between the Multiband OFDM Alliance and the Direct Sequence UWB Discussion board continued on the IEEE convention this week. This time, nevertheless, it had an sudden twist. Within the vote tally typically gained by MBOA, the opposite aspect gained what’s described as a down choose vote, albeit by one vote. In a 74-73 vote, the Motorola Inc.-led DS-UWB Discussion board edged out MBOA amid complaints that almost all members of the dropping alliance didn’t attend and allegations that Motorola paid consultants to attend and pad its voting numbers. However the impasse stays, as a result of the Motorola-led group didn’t muster the 75 p.c required for the affirmation vote. Certainly, the affirmation vote tilted towards the DS-UWB discussion board in a 52-48 tally. “The vote reveals that we aren’t conserving the business at bay, somewhat that the momentum has shifted to our aspect,” stated Martin Rofheart, director of UWB operations at Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a Motorola spin-off. The subsequent assembly will happen in Berlin in September. “It’s no large deal,” remarked Jeff Ross, government vice chairman of Alereon Inc., which belongs to the MBOA aspect of the aisle. He defined that Motorola’s victory didn’t quantity to any momentum for the direct sequence customary, including many MBOA members didn’t attend. … Learn extra
Nokia’s CTO talks tech
As an organization that tends to generate most pleasure relating to its backside line, Nokia Corp. for essentially the most half has been unruffled within the current turbulent seas of the wi-fi business. Even when the business stumbled as previously few years, the agency by no means wavered. Some layoffs and plant closings right here, some coverage tweaking there, however the Finnish big all the time returned promptly to the dramatic quiet of its income. Nokia will not be everybody’s buddy, however most like to accomplice with the enormous. A champion attracting little malice, Nokia belongs to teams and customary our bodies and appears to work finest inside these conventional boundaries. But, its conservative picture appears to be giving approach to that of a lone participant targeted on its backside line. Certainly, current stumbles in earnings have led the world’s largest handset producer to think about slicing handset costs to re-gain market share, an uncommon transfer for the corporate. And Nokia is carving out its personal path in Push-to-talk over Mobile and lately dropped out of the WiMAX Discussion board, solely to shortly resolve to return again to the WiMAX Discussion board fold, though the corporate has not but rejoined. Nokia stated it’s dedicated to working with different gamers to set a normal for the expertise. Likewise, on PoC, Nokia claims to be devoted to the requirements, though it’s at current at odds with different topflight gamers within the house, together with Nortel Networks Ltd., Motorola Inc., L.M. Ericsson and Siemens AG. “Each firm has to do steady planning and evaluations,” stated Pertti Korhonen, the corporate’s chief expertise officer. Nokia’s resolution to steer the business in some situations whereas forging its personal path in others is all associated to Nokia’s imaginative and prescient, Korhonen stated, Nokia’s want to dream large and never lag in ambition in an business suffused with new concepts, new gamers, new highs and lows. “I don’t suppose we’ve got been that conservative,” stated Korhonen. “Now we have to take some threat,” he stated. “Some will fail … we’ve got to verify we’re taking part in a strong recreation.” … Learn extra
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