From a consumer’s point of view, WiMax has been a huge disappointment
so far. Yes we know, it was expensive and complicated to develop, and
we had the Xohm financial debacle and reorganization, but it was late
to launch to begin with and it is now almost two years behind the
initial rollout schedule. While Clearwire will be driving the network
rollout, companies such as Google and Intel have an interest in getting
the technology out as quickly as possible to sell hardware and services
into the market. The marketing strategy seems to be unfolding now.
Research firm Comscore revealed its April 2009 survey of US search engine rankings.
Clearwire stated that the company intends to launch its mobile WiMax
service next month in Atlanta, even it reported a first-quarter loss of
$71.1 million. This comes following the company’s announcement on
Wednesday that an alliance had been formed with Cisco to expand the
service in the United States utilizing Cisco provided infrastructure
equipment and user devices.
Taiwanese chip firm Via said it had signed a deal to sell phone chips and chips for Netbook computers with China Telecom.
Almost a third of British internet users are too nervous to shop online, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Even so, they are still more willing to do so than their European neighbours.
One of the founders of the incredible phenomenon called Twitter said that the outfit is not for sale. Not yet, anyway
There's only 25 broadband aircraft in service right now, but that's set to soar this year to 800, according to a report from market research firm In-Stat.
It's the dream of governments, banks and large businesses - quantum cryptography, a completely watertight means of communication.
Novelist and writer George Orwell was ahead of his time - not just with books like 1984 and Animal Farm, but in the way he wrote his diary.
Cablevision Systems unveiled plans to launch a new high-speed Internet
and WiFi service that could quite possibly bring Verizon, which posted
excellent quarterly earnings based solely on their wireless, Internet
and TV division’s strength, a little competition.
Opinion – The pressure on Time Warner Cable may have been too great, in the end:
The company today announced that it would halt plans to run trials of
consumption based billing for broadband access. Well, at least until
there is “further consultation” with its customers and until they feel
guilty enough about the bandwidth they use. So don’t’ hold your breath
that all plans on metered Internet billing are shelved.
It seems we may be getting a much faster Bluetooth technology soon.
Previously called Bluetooth UWB, the new Bluetooth 3.0 is expected to
be at least 18 times faster that the current 2.0 + EDR version. In
fact, it may be fast enough to be described as a broadband connection
and it may have a shot to be integrated in consumer electronics devices
to transfer media files.
Tens of thousands were without cell phones, landline or Internet services following the cutting of four fiber optics cables by vandals early yesterday morning in San Jose, and then later four cables in San Carlos were also cut. AT&T is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Sprint announced that it will be deploying WiMax services in then
cities within the United States in 2009, and five additional cities in
2010. So far, WiMax access is only available in Baltimore.
On Monday, representatives of broadband providers stated that an agency overseeing the $4.7 billion in broadband deployment incentives will slow down the spread of Internet access to areas which are underserved and unserved. Consumer advocates say a mandate should come with this money, one insuring the Internet networks remain neutral and open to all traffic.
Yesterday, NEC announced it will be upgrading the underwater cable running from the west coast of South America through Panama to the Caribbean, a distance in excess of 2000 miles. Eleven telecom companies are involved in a consortium that is buying the PanAmerican cable.
Skype Technologies announced today a beta business-based VoIP service to run on the open-standard SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). The eBay-owned communications company has increases its base to well over 15 million daily users, however eBay would like Skype to be a better financial performer on their balance sheets. As such, a business-class service began last month with 438,000 PBXes shipped, according to IDC.
Yesterday, George Stephanopoulos, a reporter from ABC, conducted an interview with Senator John McCain -- only it was not your typical interview. It was a new type of interview, a short, 15 minute "Twitterview" conducted over 140 character "tweets" sent back and forth on the popular social networking and microblogging website Twitter.com. Though it was a major move in the face of journalism, it has been criticized for its lack of depth.
The 2009 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) conference will be held in London's Olympia Exhibition Centre on March 25-27, 2009. IPTV vendors on hand will demonstrate the latest in TV over the Internet, bringing the dream of software protocol access to all devices currently hard-wired one step closer to reality.
Starting today, residents in the San Jose-Silicon Valley area, portions of the East Bay, and the Monterrey-Salinas area near San Francisco will be able to access wideband 50 Mbps Internet services. Businesses in the same areas will have access beginning on March 10.