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'Moto Out Of Handset Biz' Gets Legs

January 31, 2008

Rich — who is technically on vacation this week — has caught wind of the fact that Motorola is exploring the possibility of spinning off its mobile handset business.   In a press release, Motorola announced:   …it is exploring the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses to better equip its Mobile Devices business to recapture global market leadership and to enhance shareholder value. The company's alternatives may include the separation of Mobile Devices from its other businesses in order to permit each business to grow and better serve its customers.   Rich also wonders aloud who might be interested in potentially acquiring the business from Motorola.   Some have even speculated that a Chinese concern might want to acquire the business, much like Lenovo acquired IBM’s ThinkPad business.   But as I wrote earlier this week:   …if Motorola can’t fix what’s ailing the company why would the Chinese fare any better?      

Sims on the Stones

January 31, 2008

Fellow blogger David Sims’s First Coffee post this morning is a good one, replete with cricket references and his opinion on what the second best Rolling Stones song is.   I have to agree with him on his choice for number 2. It’s the number one choice I can’t agree with. I myself am torn between Jumping Jack Flash and Wild Horses.   But then again, are there really any “bad” Stones’ tunes?  Are there?

Interactive Intelligence Posts Record Numbers

January 31, 2008

Interactive Intelligence Inc., has reported record financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2007. Revenues for the 2007 fiscal year totaled $109.9 million, up 32 percent from $83.0 million in 2006. Fourth quarter revenues were $29.3 million, a 23 percent increase from $23.9 million in the same quarter last year.   “Our growth was largely driven by the significant value proposition offered by our unique all-in-one communications software suite for contact centers and enterprises,” said Interactive Intelligence CEO, Dr. Donald E. Brown.

Study: Nations Need to Better Utilize Communications Tech

January 30, 2008

A new study, commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks is being billed as the first index to examine quality as well as quantity of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) usage and infrastructure.   The Connectivity Scorecard was created by Professor Leonard Waverman, of the London Business School. The Scorecard is designed to measure the extent to which technologies that make up connectivity and the way that people use these technologies enhance social and economic prosperity around the world.   According to Waverman, “businesses and governments must make better use of their communications and computing infrastructure if they are to benefit from the full economic and social benefits of ICT.”   According to a release announcing the results of the survey:   The Connectivity Scorecard ranks the United States first in a group of 16 innovation driven economies [as defined by the World Economic Forum], although its score is only 6.97 out of a possible 10.0. The differentiated nature of the Scorecard compared to other rankings is illustrated by the fact that Korea, typically a high scorer on other indexes, is ranked 10th on the list, with a rating of just 4.78.   Russia placed first among the nine nations that are classified in the study as resource or efficiency driven economies.

Android Developer Deadline Extended

January 29, 2008

 Writing on the Android Developers Blog, Developer Advocate Quang Nguyen announced the extension of the submission deadline for the first Android Developers Challenge to April 14 2008.   The folks at Android have apparently taken feedback to heart and have made updates to the SDK that will be released within several weeks. Furthermore, a significant number of developers have also asked for more time to refine their applications.   Here is the revised schedule:  
  • April 14, 2008: Deadline to submit applications for judging
  • May 5, 2008: Announcement of the 50 first round winners, who will be eligible for the final round
  • June 30, 2008: Deadline for the 50 winners of the first round to submit for the final round
  • July 21, 2008: Announcement of the grand prize winner and runner-up
  For additional details on the Android Developer Challenge, please visit the Web site.    

Is Motorola Finished With Handsets?

January 29, 2008

Goodbye Moto? There are early reports that Motorola might be getting out of the handset business to concentrate on serving their enterprise and government customers. Speculation is based on a single analyst’s report to clients. Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura International, professed that while the possibility exists of Chinese vendors buying the company, any imminent deal is unlikely.   And let’s be honest, if Motorola can’t fix what’s ailing the company (market share down to less than 25%, compared to Nokia’s 40% share) why would the Chinese fare any better?   It’s hard to imagine that the maker of the market-changing StarTac and Razr phones would fall so far so fast. And, does anyone remember the DynaTac?

Qtrax Stumbles out of the Gate

January 29, 2008

Qtrax: Dud. ‘nuff said!   Note to those who would offer music downloads for free: Make sure you have the labels signed to contracts (preferably in ink) next time before proclaiming that you have arrived and brought with you over 30 million freely downloadable songs from major artists.   Once the dust settles, and the damage is surveyed, perhaps there will be something left to salvage Qtrax’ big dreams of advertising supported music for the masses. But I wouldn’t hold my breath. Rock and Roll never forgets.

FiOS TV Hits Million Mark

January 28, 2008

They say that in times of financial distress a nation turns to the movies for entertainment. But with movie theaters charging 9, 10, 11 bucks a head to watch the latest Hollywood offerings, a night out for a family of 4, when coupled with popcorn by the bushel, soda by the gallon and a King-size pack of Twizzlers is easily going to approach the dreaded $100 mark….   For a night at the movies!   Maybe that’s why Verizon is enjoying such a successful deployment of its FiOS TV service, announcing today that it has surpassed the 1 million customer threshold.   At $42.99/month for the basic TV service there would still be enough left over from a single visit to the local multiplex to throw in a movie channel package featuring over 40 movie channels ($12.99), a Sports package ($7.99) and what the heck… since American Idol is only on so often, throw in a Karaoke package for another $7.99.    

File Sharing Moves Into The Light

January 28, 2008

Qtrax, a digital music download service that bills itself as the first Internet file-swapping service to be “fully embraced by the music industry,” announced it would carry up to 30 million tracks from “all the major labels.”   Warner Music, EMI, and Universal immediately repudiated that claim, saying that they in fact had not yet agreed to allow their content to be offered on Qtrax.   In any event, it appears like some sort of solution is on the horizon that will allow people to download music without feeling like criminals, and would enable musicians to get paid, based on an advertising supported system.   According to the Times Online:   Qtrax files contain Digital Rights Management software, allowing the company to see how many times a song has been downloaded and played. Artists, record companies and publishers will be paid in proportion to the popularity of their music, while also taking a cut of advertising revenues. Qtrax, a subsidiary of Brilliant Technologies Corporation, has raised $30 million to date.   Ford, McDonald’s and Microsoft are reportedly among the advertisers signed up so far.    

Nortel Keynote at ITEXPO

January 25, 2008

Tony Rybczynski, director of strategic enterprise technologies at Nortel, delivered a keynote at ITEXPO yesterday stressing a converging world and a tectonic shift occurring in the market.   Tony began by suggesting the show change the meaning of the acronym ITEXPO to “In-transition Technology EXPO, to better reflect the current state of the shift currently happening in the IP communications industry.   As Rybczynski noted, “The industry is moving to software and we are in the midst of a fundamental transformation.”   Regarding most enterprise workers, “they will only buy one more phone. Your next phone is your last one,” Rybczynski said.   He spoke about the concept of “Hyperconectivity,” the idea that anything that can be connected and would benefit from being connected will be connected.   He cited examples of various types of connectivity (person to person; person to machine; machine to machine) and in support of the last type, he said that 98% of CPUs are going into things other than PCs. To illustrate that point Rybczynski pointed out certain examples such as rodent raps that can send a signal when they’ve caught a mouse, wireless beacons on children’s backpacks for safety, and RFID tags that contain additional consumer information.   Rybczynski addressed the challenges and opportunities that hyperconnectivity brings:   Challenge Opportunity Decreased personal and group productivity Rich collaboration across devices, networks, and modes of operations Human delays in business processes Accelerated business processes Poor asset utilization Energy efficiencies; Real time asset tracking; Enhanced security and compliance 10–100x more endpoints and more real time applications Simplified networking with real time reliability and performance   Perhaps the key takeaway from the keynote was this: There is a need to simplify and scale networks, while increasing reliability in order to accommodate more connected users and devices more rich media traffic and more real time demands.   “Worlds are converging,” Rybczynski said. “Synergy matters.”      

SIP Trunking Sessions Strike a Chord at ITEXPO

January 24, 2008

SIP trunking is proving itself as a way to reduce communications costs – fast. SIP trunks are currently being used by banks, hospitals and most every type of business, across every industry, to leverage the benefits of SIP and lower communications expenses.   Ingate Systems produces SIP-capable enterprise firewalls and SIParators (a piece of hardware that SIP-enables existing firewalls) for enterprises of all sizes. The company has been at the forefront of educating Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO attendees on how they can maximize the ROI from their IP PBX investments through a series of SIP Trunking Seminars since the Fall of 2006.   I had the chance to speak with Olle Westerberg CEO, Ingate, Steve Johnson, president of Ingate, Anne Coulombe, who handles SIP product marketing for Avaya’s Solutions Marketing Division, Sean Rivers, channel account manager at, and Joel Maloff, the newly installed director of marketing at Bandtel.   I asked Westerberg to describe a bit about the seminar series.   “We're running our fourth set of SIP trunking seminars,” Westerberg said.

VoIPLogic News at ITEXPO

January 24, 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Wimpfheimer, vice president of sales at VoIPLogic this morning at ITEXPO.   Wimpfheimer shared the details of the company’s latest news, the announcement of a new Web services API (application programming interface), accessible to service providers via the company’s Cortex System Management portal (version 2.1).   The API is designed to enable service providers to integrate with the provisioning and management of their end-user feature sets, phone services, emergency services, messaging and billing.   Wimpfheimer is also speaking on the Service Provider Industry Round Table at 2:l5 this afternoon in the service provider track at ITEXPO.

Broadvox VP David Byrd Kicks Off ITEXPO Keynote Schedule

January 23, 2008

David Byrd, vice president of marketing and product management at Broadvox kicked off the Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO Keynote schedule here in Miami Beach Wednesday evening with a presentation entitled Assessing SIP Trunking.   Byrd, who was the CEO of Planet at one point in his career, started by telling a story of how different some of the major investors were. Jackie Chan was a good guy, Byrd said, and was always willing to give an autograph to a fan. Sylvester Stallone on the other hand, was not so keen on giving his autograph, and managed to upset a fan and investor in the company. As CEO, Byrd went to Stallone and convinced him to sign several autographs for the fan so she could give them out to her friends.

Taqua Announces New Customer - COI

January 23, 2008

Taqua has announced that Communications Options, Inc. (COI), has purchased two Taqua 7000s to support its growing voice services in Ohio. I got word of this news at ITEXPO in Miami Beach, which kicked off this morning.   Communications Options, Inc. (COI) is a 17-year old Westerville, Ohio-based service provider that provides a bundle of local, long distance, and Internet services to approximately 6,000 business and residential subscribers throughout Ohio. They purchased and deployed the first T7000 as a full-featured next-generation Class 5, operating with centralized call control at the edge of COI’s access network. The second T7000 is being used as an intelligent gateway at a different location within the COI network. The advanced features and call control are managed by a remote softswitch and the T7000 provides the PSTN interconnection.    

Skype 's PSP Plans Hit Speedbump

January 23, 2008

  Gizmodo is reporting that plans to deploy Skype on Sony’s PSP have stalled.   According to the site:  
We brought you the fantastic news that Skype would be coming to a PSP carrying pocket near you soon, but it seems the plans have been disrupted. Sony Japan has just released information detailing an indefinite delay, as they screwed up on the headsets that were required—Sony's microphone/speaker units failed to meet Skype certification standards. Don't be surprised when this announcement is replicated the world over.
  Some time ago I remember a company named Innomedia that planned to deploy its VoIP technology to gamers through Sega and their Dreamcall product. Actually it was back in 2000.

More Open Source Action at ITEXPO

January 23, 2008

Dell has selected Fonality as a go-to-market partner for offering VoIP phone systems to SMB customers.   According to the Fonality “CEO/Janitor’s Blog”   Dell spent 2007 scouring the market for telephony partners to serve its customer base. They were looking for two different types: an enterprise-focused solution for their larger customers and a low-cost / high performance solution for their SMB customers — one that could be self-managed. Dell has selected Fonality for the latter.   This news serves to validate the legitimacy of Open Source solutions and Asterisk-based IP telephony solutions in particular.   Fonality is exhibiting at ITEXPO, which starts today. So come on down to the show at the Miami Beach Convention Center and see the latest and greatest IP Communications solutions on display.   I look forward to seeing you here!    

Early Open Source Action at ITEXPO!

January 22, 2008

PIKA Technologies Inc., announced that its PIKA for Asterisk family of analog and digital boards is now compatible with Fonality’s trixbox CE.   This announcement comes in advance of PIKA’s participation in Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO’s Open Source Pavilion in Miami, Florida, which begins tomorrow.   The PIKA for Asterisk suite comprises a range of hardware and software designed to support applications built on the open-source Asterisk platform. These building blocks are designed to provide cost-effective, reliable network connectivity to bridge between legacy networks and Asterisk-based IP telephony applications.   So come on down to ITEXPO’s exhibit hall, which is set to open at 6pm tomorrow evening (that’s Wednesday January 23rd) and check out the Open Source Pavilion, located at the front end of aisles 700–900.   I look forward to seeing you there!  

ITEXPO: Anticipation Building

January 22, 2008

As I sit here in the show office, overlooking the work in progress that exhibit hall floor of ITEXPO, I am amazed at how well and how fast the show is coming together.   My perch above the floor gives an interesting perspective. When I walked into the building this morning the hall was a giant cavernous space, and I’ve been watching as the show decorator has transformed the space into what is quickly becoming a trade show floor complete with booths, carpeting, signs and the rest.   By the time tomorrow evening’s Grand Opening Welcome Reception sponsored by Aculab kicks off in the exhibit hall, the empty space will be just a memory and the exciting buzz of networking will fill the air.   This is the part I love most about trade shows… the anticipation, the build up, the “blur”...   I can’t wait for the conference to start.   And I can’t wait to see you in Miami Beach!  

Death of the All You Can Eat Internet (continued)

January 22, 2008

Last week I posted an entry about Time Warner’s plans to implement a usage-based billing model with a test run set for Beaumont TX.   Well, here’s some more information on that subject.   Kudos to Slashdot for pointing out an An Ars Technica article that says that:   “…after many years of stagnation, the U.S. broadband landscape is finally 'primed for change.’”   The article argues that cable and DSL — while they currently enjoy near monopoly status — are not going to be the only game in town for long, with widespread WiMAX deployments imminent and the so called white-space broadband that can be offered by whoever wins the 700 MHz auction. This doesn’t take into account Verizon’s FiOS offering as well as AT&T’s U-Verse.   The Ars Technica piece states that if these   “…solutions are able to deliver on their promises of high speeds with no usage limits, capped cable broadband service like Time Warner has planned is likely to be unattractive, to say the least.   It’s a sobering reminder to the Cable and DSL providers that they should be investing in new technologies and new methods of capturing new customers and serving existing ones.   Stay tuned, I’m sure this story has legs…

Quantcast Secures $20Million Investment Round

January 22, 2008

I heard this morning that Quantcast has closed $20 million Series B investment funding from the likes of Founders Fund and Polaris Venture Partners.   Regular readers of TMCnet blogs will remember that Rich Tehrani recently shared the TMCnet Quantcast numbers positioning the site well ahead of the nearest competitors when considering site traffic.   The investment is excellent news for Quantcast and shows the importance of accurate Web metrics and measurement.

Destination Miami Beach: I Have Arrived

January 21, 2008

Just hit the ground in Miami Beach FL. Boy, is this a welcome change of pace from the weather back in NY when I got up thismorning and made my way to the airport! It was 11 degrees when I left. Low 70’s when I landed.

EXPO Time Again!

January 18, 2008

I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we began work on the conference program for Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO. And yet, somehow it’s time to pack up my travel gear, toss the coffee mug into the sink (it’s about time) and head off to the airport.   Well, ok maybe not exactly yet, but soon.

Rich on Skype, Apple TV Hack

January 18, 2008

I was just about to blog the fact that Engadget had a story this morning of a hacker that’s experimenting with using Skype over Apple TV, but lo and behold, Rich beat me to it.   Doesn’t he ever sleep? Well, maybe not.   Check out Rich’s Skype/AppleTV hack post.

Is The All You Can Eat Internet Over?

January 18, 2008

Earlier this week, Time Warner Cable Inc. announced plans to trial a new billing methodology, one based on usage rather than the current flat-rate pricing that is the norm throughout the U.S.   The cable giant will roll out the new tiered pricing scheme in Beaumont, Texas (everything’s bigger in Texas) later this year and says the shift in tactics is designed to underpin a strategy to help reduce network congestion.   Apparently, according to Time Warner Cable, the change will affect but a minority of its users — about 5% — who reportedly use about 50% of total network bandwidth.   Time Warner is concerned that downloading of large files, including video is slowing the network, and they believe that with increasing video usage the problems will worsen.   The company recognizes the need for clear marketing of this initiative to consumers, as a spokesman for Time Warner admitted, “We don’t want customers to feel they’re getting less for more.”   I expect some backlash from consumers who believe the increased pricing will extend beyond just the small percentage of “heavy” users. I also believe that as video and other high-bandwidth applications (Scrabulous HD with full voice and video conferencing, anyone?) become the norm, bandwidth providers will leap at the opportunity to label an increasing number of consumers as “heavy users.” Expect other providers to follow suit.   Note: I realize Cablevision has a sort of tiered pricing too, with the option of paying more for increased bandwidth (one price for 15MB, another for 30MB), but for some reason it doesn’t feel like a penalty. It’s positioned as a bonus. Maybe it’s just good marketing.   We’ll see how this plays out.

Microsoft Wants to Know How You Feel

January 17, 2008

  Bill gates is getting out just in time.   The TimesOnline (UK) is reporting that Microsoft has applied for a patent that might have privacy experts feeling a little nauseated. (Of course the new software would know that.)   The Times refers to the Microsoft software as   …Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.   Apparently the patent application describes a system that wirelessly links users to their PCs via sensors that measure their metabolism as well as heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression, and blood pressure.   Such technology is already used on firefighters, airline pilots and astronauts.   According to the Times story,   The system could also “automatically detect frustration or stress in the user” and “offer and provide assistance accordingly”. Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an individual psychological profile based on a worker’s weight, age and health.

TMC University SIP: Interview With Dialogic's Jeff Dworkin

January 16, 2008

With the ITEXPO pre-show activities reaching a fever pitch here at TMC headquarters, I took some time to speak with Jeff Dworkin of Dialogic, who will be heading up the TMC University Certification Course SIP: The Foundation For Building Enhanced Services to find out a bit more about the initiative.   Dworkin explained the goal of the certification as well as how Dialogic fits in to the whole SIP subject matter.   Please feel free to check out the short interview I did with Dworkin here. And thanks again to Dialogic for sponsoring this valuable content offering at ITEXPO.

Course Overview Wednesday January 23, 2008 9:00am - 4:00pm Introduction: SIP as the Foundation
  • Overview of a SIP call set up
  • SIP Elements in a Network to Deliver Enhanced Services
Signaling: SIP, SS7 & Integrating your Network with the
Legacy Infrastructure
  • Understand how a class 4/5 evolves into a SIP Network
  • How SIP can be used for IP Backhaul-Class 4 Replacement
  • Meeting E911 Needs via SIP and Gateways
  • Example: Pre and Post Paid Services Using SIP
Media: Voice and Video in your SIP Environment
  • Common Audio and Video Codecs
  • Media/Codec Negotiations
  • Tuning Your Network for Voice and Video
  • QoS issues, metrics and user quality expectations
Transitioning to IMS via your SIP Based NetworkFollowing this session you will be able to describe:
  • Understand the high-level IMS architecture and its benefits
  • Learn the important factors in considering interop testing
  • Describe the main goals and objectives in setting up an interop lab
Case Study Review and discuss a carrier’s plans to expand their SIP-based service offerings. Following this session you will be able to describe:
  • The migration from stove-piped applications to centralized media resources and the benefits
  • Factors to keep in mind when deploying services with centralized resources
  • The types of services that lend themselves to centralized resources.
SIP Trunking
  • Definition of SIP Trunking
  • Understand the Evolution of SIP Trunking
  • Benefits of SIP Trunking
  • Key Challenges in a SIP Trunking Deployment
  • What is SIPconnect and the SIPconnect
    Compliant Certification Program
TMC University Exam At the conclusion of the program, you will sit for an exam covering the course topics.

Shh... We're Videotaping This Interview

January 16, 2008

TMCnet’s newest contributor, Jon Arnold will be in Miami Beach at the Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO next week moderating several panels, including A Look at Hosted VoIP, Intelligent Interconnects in the VoIP Peering Environment, and The State of IPTV   Jon will also be seen hustling about the event in the company of a cameraman, as they videotape a series of interviews with various executives and thought leaders in the space. These interviews will be hosted on TMCnet as well as on as part of a joint initiative aimed at educating the market.   Watch for these video interviews to start appearing online shortly after the event.

Jon Arnold, Welcome Aboard!

January 16, 2008

  I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Jon Arnold, who has officially joined TMC today as a contributor and a columnist. His first submission can be found here. Jon is well known throughout the land as an expert writer, analyst, speaker, moderator and all around good guy, and he’s extremely knowledgeable when it comes to discussing VoIP, IP Communications and the like.   I'm very happy to welcome Jon to the TMCnet fold, and I personally look forward to working with Jon in the days ahead.   Jon will be in Miami Beach next week moderating several panels, so if you see him, say hi and join me in welcoming him to the TMC family of contributors.   His articles will appear twice monthly, covering the Service Provider space for TMCnet.   So bookmark Jon’s columnist page, and keep checking back for updates!   Also feel free to check out Jon’s corporate site at J Arnold & Associates.

Jobs Macworld Keynote: MacBook Air

January 15, 2008

New Laptop: MacBook Air. It’s small (0.16–0.76 inches thick), it’s light (3.0 pounds), it’s the world’s thinnest notebook! It features a 13.3-inch widescreen and a full-size keyboard. It has a backlit, instant-on screen. And it offers other features including: multi-touch gestures, iSight, 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo standard, 2GB memory standard, 80GB hard drive standard (64GB solid-state disk optional), 802.11n WiFi (comes standard), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR standard, MagSafe… and more.   And for our green friends it comes in an Aluminum case, no mercury, no arsenic and the circuit boards are free of BFRs and PVCs.

Jobs Macworld Keynote: Updating

January 15, 2008

...The new iPod Touch software will cost existing users $20.   The upgrades will be included in new iPod Touch devices purchased going forward   Jobs announced iTunes Movie Rentals... launching with 1,000 films by the end of February — movies will be available 30 days after DVD release. These will be available for viewing on PCs, Macs, iPods, iPhone...   According to Jobs, you have 30 days to start watching it, and once you start you have 24 hours to watch and finish it.

Jobs Macworld Keynote: Still More News

January 15, 2008

...Time Capsule is essentially an Airport Extreme base station with WLAN (802.11n) and 4 Ethernet ports designed to allow wireless backups of all MACs in your home.   It works with Apple’s Time Machine, which is the automatic backup that’s built into Mac OS X. It allows users to keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on their Mac — digital photos, music, movies, TV shows, and documents.   Jobs mentioned new iPod touch software: Mail, maps, stocks, note taking, and weather updates   Jobs is starting to talk about iTunes…   More coming

Jobs Macworld Keynote: More News

January 15, 2008

Some other news from Steve Jobs’ announced in his Macworld keynote:   Apple’s Leopard O/S has sold over 5 million copies Many analysts/reporters are praising the O/S (Mossberg, Pogue…) Microsoft is now shipping Office Mac 2008   Time Machine Backups Today Apple intro’d a companion product to Time Machine called Time Capsule. Which enables users to back up Mac notebooks wirelessly to Time Capsule more coming...  

Jobs Macworld Keynote iPhone SDK...more...

January 15, 2008

Steve Jobs just announced that Apple has sold more than More than 4 million iPhones in its first 200 days, which tranbslates roughly to 20,000 iPhones PER DAY! That makes them #2 against RIM. Other news breaking from Macworld includes a new application for the iPhone adding maps with location and the ability to add web clips Jobs said that Apple will make available a software development kit to enable people to write s/w apps for the iPhone more...

WSJ: Sprint Facing Major Layoffs

January 14, 2008

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint is set to start swinging the axe.   According to the item, Sprint will:   “…lay off several thousand employees as newly installed Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse seeks to show investors a new commitment to efficiency and cost discipline at the nation's No. 3 wireless carrier, people familiar with the matter say.”   Keep an eye on TMCnet for more on this developing story.

Android: Here Come The Hackers

January 10, 2008

Nilay Patel, writing for engadget, has an interesting piece, saying that by making available the entire software development kit for its Android mobile phone software platform, Google has opened up the platform for hacking and (as Patel writes) “…hopefully that means we'll be seeing a lot more unofficial Android devices soon.”   Here’s a taste of Patel’s post:   Apparently Android was natively booted on a Freescale-based dev board called the Armadillo 500 back in November, but the floodgates were really opened when a Hungarian group called Eu.Edge discovered that basically any device with an ARMv5TE chip could run Google's baby. Armed (heh!) with that information, tinkerers around the world have gotten a variety of Sharp devices running Android: the SL-C760, C3000M, SL-C3000 series, and the SL-6000 have all been confirmed running the OS.

Latest Wireless Musings

January 4, 2008

In his latest column for TMCnet, former CTIA and NCTA head Tom Wheeler discusses  the recent news that UK carriers T-Mobile and Hutchinson’s “3” will combine their networks and share the capacity, saving $4 billion in the process.   Instantly, 3 gains access to expanded network coverage over which to offer their cutting edge services.   As Wheeler says, “Scratch your head. The world as we know it really is coming to an end when one competitor helps another out of a multi-billion dollar capital hole.”   Check out his latest here.  
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