Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mobile Norway Choose Ericsson for 3G

Mobile Norway, the joint venture by Tele2 Norway and Network Norway, has chosen Ericsson as its main vendor for its new 2G/3G mobile network in Norway. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Mobile Norway plans to deploy a nationwide mobile network reaching 75 percent of Norway's population.

http://www.tele2.com
http://www.ericsson.com

Ford Plans In-car WiFi with Next-Gen Sync

Ford Motor Company plans to include a mobile hotspot capability in vehicles equipped with the second generation of its popular SYNC in-car connectivity system next year.


Inserting an owner's compatible USB mobile broadband modem -- sometimes called an "air card" -- into SYNC's USB port will produce a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle, allowing passengers with WiFi-enabled mobile devices to access the Internet anywhere the broadband modem receives connectivity.


"While you're driving to grandma's house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "And you're not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have."http://www.ford.com

Intel Expects Faster Netbook Adoption in 2010

Intel unveiled its latest Atom CPUs featuring significant power reduction, performance improvements and smaller package size. Using 45nm high-k metal technology, the new chips reduce average power consumption by 20 percent over previous generation, enabling longer battery life in netbooks.


Since introducing the Atom line in June 2008, Intel has shipped over 40 million Atom chips for netbooks. The company expects the rapid uptake in netbooks to accelerate next year. The company has over 80 design wins to-date for the new Atom platform from such leading OEMs as ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, MSI, Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu.


Worldwide netbook shipments by telecommunications companies such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and others are also growing and expected to fuel another round of expansion. Intel has been working closely with mobile operators and modem vendors to advance 3G capabilities in netbooks in established and emerging markets. To-date approximately a dozen service providers offer netbooks in various markets, and the numbers are expected to grow with the newest platform.


"The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group.
http://www.netbook.com

Pakistan's Wateen Telecom Accelerates WiMAX Rollout

Wateen Telecom has accelerated its rollout of WiMAX services and is on its way to doubling its existing customer premises equipment (CPE) volume from 100,000 to 200,000 by year end.


Motorola announced a new agreement with Wateen, under which it remains the carrier's exclusive WiMAX CPE and infrastructure supplier, delivering reliable, easy-to-install, high performance devices to the Pakistani operator for nationwide distribution.


As part of its latest CPE order, Wateen has chosen Motorola's WiMAX USBw 100, which will be made available to consumers and businesses for the first time in Pakistan, and the outdoor WiMAX CPEo 450, as well as the newly introduced WiMAX CPEi 775 and CPEi 750 for indoor use within a home or office environment. Wateen's services currently cover 22 cities in Pakistan, and the company recently reached a milestone of 100,000 subscribers.
http://www.motorola.com
http://www.wateen.com

Limelight Networks to Acquire EyeWonder for Monetization Tools

Limelight Networks, which operates a global content delivery network (CDN) will acquire privately held EyeWonder. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Founded in 1999, EyeWonder specializes in monetization solutions that helps Forbes 2000 advertisers, interactive agencies and content publishers create, build, track and optimize rich media and interactive video advertising campaigns. EyeWonder's advertising serving platform is projected to service over $500 million in media spend globally in 2009, helping stakeholders across the digital advertising ecosystem to realize increased return-on-investment from that spend.


The companies said the combination of EyeWonder's value-added monetization solutions and Limelight Networks' delivery, storage, management and consulting services will enable enterprises, agencies and content publishers to unlock the value of their online content and maximize the revenue and profitability of their online strategies. The combined company will have relationships with over 2500 online businesses, over 800 interactive agencies, 900 last-mile access networks and over 20 ecosystem partners who, together, will working toward building a more efficient and intelligent Internet.
http://www.limelightnetworks.com

Zscaler Appoints Cisco Exec to Head Data Center Operations

Zscaler, a start-up specializing in SaaS security, has hired Gururaj Singh as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Data Center Operations. Previously, Singh served as Vice President and co-General Manager of the $500 million Application Delivery Business unit at Cisco Systems. Prior to that, he was CEO and co-founder of Netiverse which was acquired by Cisco in 2000. In addition, Gururaj has led engineering operations at various successful ventures, including Berkeley Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Centillion Networks (acquired by Bay Networks) and Adaptive Corporation (acquired by Network Equipment Technologies).


Zscaler is based in Sunnyvale, California.
http://www.zscaler.com

Meru Networks Files for I.P.O.

Meru Networks, which specializes in enterprise wireless LAN solutions, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as sole book-runner for the offering. Baird, Cowen and Company, JMP Securities LLC, and ThinkEquity LLC, are acting as co-managers.
http://www.merunetworks.com
  • Meru Networks is based in Sunnyvale, California.


  • The company was founded in 2002.

Mformation Appoints Todd DeLaughter as CEO

Mformation Technologies, which supplies mobile device management (MDM) solutions, has appointed Todd DeLaughter as its new Chief Executive Officer. He was most recently president and CEO of Opalis Software, an independent IT Process Automation company. His career also includes over 20 years at HP and Compaq in a wide range of executive, engineering, marketing and product management roles in North America and Europe, including leading HP's OpenView Business Unit.
http://www.mformation.com

3DTV Working Group Formed by the MPEG Industry Forum

The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) has formed a new 3DTV Working Group aimed at accelerating the development of 3D video technology.


"3DTV is of keen interest to everyone in the video creation and delivery industries. The challenge we all face is that of sorting through the myriad technical options. Our common goal is to create a 3DTV ecosystem that delivers great new experiences to consumers," says Dr. Sean McCarthy, chair of the newly formed 3DTV Working Group and Fellow of the Technical Staff at Motorola.


The 3DTV Working Group will provide a forum for free exchange of information related to this emerging technology, an industry voice advocating the adoption of standards and for consolidating the overall direction of the 3DTV industry. Its focus and constituency will be derived from video service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, content owners, equipment manufacturers, system integrators, software providers, as well as industry advocacy groups, industry analysts, financial institutions and academic institutes.
http://www.mpegif.org

Qwest Secures New $1.035 Billion Revolving Credit Facility

Qwest Communications has entered into a new revolving credit facility. The new $1.035 billion agreement expires on Sept. 30, 2013, and replaces the company's pre-existing revolving credit agreement that was scheduled to expire on Oct. 21, 2010. Wachovia Bank, National Association -- an affiliate of Wells Fargo Securities, LLC -- acts as administrative agent under the new agreement.
http://www.qwest.com

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