PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update For August 29, 2007
Neuf Cegetel Unveils HTC-Made GSM/Wi-FI Phone
French alternative fixed-line telco Neuf Cegetel has unveiled a Windows-based GSM/Wi-Fi handset manufactured by Taiwanese handset maker HTC, as part of its fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) product portfolio. In a statement, Neuf Cegetel said the HTC S710 TWIN handset, which is the first mass-market GSM/WiFi hybrid phone running...
Enhanced Optical Fiber Promises Better FTTH Performance
A new optical fiber technology developed by Corning engineers promises a 100-fold improvement over standard single-mode fiber. The researchers believe the new technology will solve an historic technical challenge for telecom carriers installing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. The new technology is based on an optical fiber...
Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) has achieved wide acclaim and usage as a low-cost alternative for long-distance and international calling. For this same reason, VoIP networks are an attractive option for fax applications. Fax-over-IP (FoIP) makes fax calls on the same IP network that transports voice and data applications. Using...
Survey Sez: Smartphone Uptake Rises But Skills Are Basic
In a recent poll of U.S. mobile workers, wireless market-strategy consultant iGR found that more than half of the respondents use a RIM BlackBerry device, and the majority of the other respondents use Windows Mobile devices. Of those respondents who said they use some kind of a smartphone, 60 percent said they use fewer than...
Gmail Offers Push Services
In more e-mail news, Google's Gmail is now being offered as a push e-mail service, thanks to an upgrade of Emoze's push e-mail software application. Emoze already offers free push e-mail service to a broad range of data sources and is compatible with an array of mobile device operating systems. Unlike other mobile e-mail...
Two-Way Battle Reaches FCC
There's a big political battle brewing about the way the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) believe two-way "Plug & Play" should emerge onto the marketplace. In one corner is the OpenCable Platform, which is being pushed to the hilt by the U.S....
Vodafone Soups Up HSDPA
Vodafone UK announced today that it will upgrade its high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network to 7.2 Mbit/s by November and unveiled three devices that are compatible with the new and improved 3G network. In June, Vodafone launched an unlimited, all-you-can-eat data package for GBP25 ($50) per month (with a...
Wi-Fi Mesh Networking Faces Slowing Growth
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment market had over 100% shipment growth in 2006, and will have over 90% growth in 2007, reports In-Stat. Strong growth will continue for Wi-Fi mesh access points (APs) for the next several years, as shipments grow more than three-fold between 2006 and 2011, the high-tech market...
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