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Ready, Aim, Send: Military Embraces Smartphones

December 18, 2010

It is not as if the US government has slowed spending to keep up with the general economy so it comes as a surprise to me that we haven't been issuing a couple of smartphones apiece to soldiers in the field. Thankfully, the military is getting into the swing of things by ensuring virtually everyone will have 24x7 access to mobile information, videos from unmanned vehicles and tactical information of various sorts.

My only concern? I hope these things are really locked down well so as to make leaks more difficult to pull off. The last thing we need is thousands of soldiers tweeting sensitive information on the battlefield.

Just to be sure, I hope the top brass in the armed services is monitoring the hashtag #topsecret.

Ed Silverstein breaks the story on TMCnet.

Alcatel-Lucent Turning the Corner?

November 5, 2010

After a number of years and some challenging times after the merger - Alcatel-Lucent the combination of New Jersey-based Lucent and Paris-based Alcatel is turning the corner making a quarterly profit and displaying more confidence about its future. Kevin O'Brien at the New York Times explains the company reported its first profitable quarter of the year, posting €25 million, or $35.3 million, in earnings compared to a €182 million loss in the third quarter a year earlier. Moreover sales rose 10.5 percent to €4.1 billion.

Although Asian competition from ZTE and Huawei is strong, the company certainly benefited from the implosion of Nortel and we'll see if they can ride this momentum out and keep the profits coming.

TMCnet's Ed Silverstein has more and The Motley Fool suggests Alcatel-Lucent is the next Nortel - waiting to implode. 

International Datacasting Corporation Update

November 5, 2010

I had a chance to sit down with Fred Godard the President and CEO and Christine Rozak, the Director of Marketing at International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) to learn more about the company’s activity in the satellite and related markets. Based in Ontario, Canada the company provides end-to-end solutions for the point-to-multipoint distribution of broadband multimedia content over satellite. IDC is a major player in digital radio, syndicated television, IPTV, news/financial information distribution, interactive distance learning, digital cinema and others.

As the name implies, IDC has installations in networks in over 100 countries around the world, and has a list of customers that includes Thomson Reuters, Westwood One, National Public Radio, Cinedigm, SES Americom, Echostar, Arquiva and PBS.

RRsat Supports Holistic Video Broadcasts

November 3, 2010

I spent some time at the recent SATCON New York 2010 show talking with Telx Ethernet Exchange program participant RRsat to discuss the company’s holistic approach to global communications which blends their satellite and fiber networks allowing for a one-hop satellite broadcast anywhere in the world. The company simultaneously provides its services to over 550 television and radio channels spanning an area of more than 150 countries and to learn more I spoke with both Sholomi Izkovitz, Deputy VP of Sales & Mktg and Eric Larsen Senior Sales Director. Part of our discussion centered around how the company’s MPEG-4 capabilities are being utilized to broadcast the US Open, PGA and other important sporting events.

New Editorial Additions to TMC

November 3, 2010

Tehrani on Future of Broadband

November 2, 2010

Thrane & Thrane Update

October 27, 2010

I recently had a chance to sit with Ron Lockerby of Thrane & Thrane to learn about what was new with the company’s satellite product line which serves a diverse set of markets such as maritime, aeronautical and land mobile. With a total of 600 people in the company and 60% of those being engineers you can expect engineering to be a strong-suit of the organization.

Thrane & Thrane’s maritime products consist of the SAILOR line which is OEMed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine unit and the product line consists of VHF, MF/HF, Inmarsat C terminals, complete GMDSS systems including LRIT and SSAS solutions, and a full range of maritime satcom products including Iridium, Mini-M, Fleet, FleetBroadBand, VSAT and satellite TV.

Lockerby spent some time focusing on the company’s Explorer 325 which is a compact voice and broadband solution for vehicles.

Harmonic Update

October 26, 2010

I recently had a chance to chat with Ian Jefferson, VP Sales & Biz Dev at Harmonic to learn more about his company which provides video solutions to a variety of spaces from telco to satellite. Recently the company purchased Omneon, a leader in providing broadcast and on-demand video solutions. Patrick Harshman, President and CEO of Harmonic explained that the acquisition was designed to help deepen company relationships with global media companies, enabling them to create, package and deliver next-gen video-centric media services.

Jefferson told me he sees more and more file-based video content and the files need to be transcoded to 20 or more different formats to deal with a slew of new devices and quality types.

Optibase Update

October 26, 2010

Recently I had a chance to sit down with Optibase VP of Sales, Mike Chorpash to talk about his company which focuses on advanced video solutions. There isn’t much new to report – you may recall TMC reported the company has been sold to VITEC Multimedia along with the Focus Enhancements’ Group. Chorpash enthusiastically discussed the company’s “superblade” – the MGES 6000 a converged encoding module providing 4 HD and SD H.264 channels per blade. Each system can handle 13 blades for a total of 52 streams or 104 at two different bit rates.

Hope To Start Blogging Again Tomorrow

October 21, 2010

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