Nortel announced WiMAX trials with Toshiba in Japan, which will be conducted in the northern Tohoku region. Separately, Nortel is working with Chunghwa Telecom to build Taiwan's first integrated local government WiMAX network, according to the company.
MetroFi is on its way to delivering free citywide access to most of Portland after launching the first phase of the network, which will eventually cover 95 percent of the city's indoor and outdoor areas, according to the company.
Personal assistants are no longer just for the rich, thanks to the newly introduced MobileCierge service launched on the updated Handmark Pocket Express platform. The mobile service gives subscribers 24/7 access to live help from everything to finding airline tickets to emergency assistance.
Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) has been selected by the CDMA Development Group (CDG) to describe the advanced technologies and services that will be supported by the CDMA2000 1XEV-DO Revision C (Rev. C) standard.
Motricity is venturing beyond the deck with the purchase of GoldPocket Wireless. While financial details of the deal were kept under wraps, executives from the two companies say they believe the synergies achieved through the deal will help grow the mobile market.
Will WiMAX replace 3G? I put this question in the same irritating unanswered query category as, "Are we there yet?" It is asked at regular intervals and people try to answer it in a way that satisfies the asker. At this point, you really can't predict if the technologies will be competitive, let alone if one will repl
Cingular Wireless is hoping to literally give enterprise laptop users the EDGE, striking a partnership with electronic giant Sony to provide notebooks with built-in connectivity.
In the classic children's story, Goldilocks tested the three bears' beds until she found the one that felt just right. It appears Avaya is using that same strategy as it develops hybrid voice systems that meld cellular and office PBX functions. The communication systems provider has struck integration deals with three handheld suppliers, each exploring different development paths – and in
Wireless phones are everywhere – plastered to more and more people's ears. They are loved by many, despised by some and indispensable for tens of millions of people. The widespread use of the technology has spawned bans where its use has become a distraction or deemed an annoyance. Now, however, those initial bans are getting a second look as the sheer volume of wireless phone use has tr
Mobile entertainment is a fast-growing industry segment that is finally starting to reap financial rewards as U.S. subscribers warm to ringtones, games and downloads. At the same time, the mobile content arena is maturing just as wireless carriers solidify their relationships with content aggregators, making it difficult for new players to make inroads.
European operators are witnessing an explosion of off-portal content as consumers purchase ringtones, wallpaper, games and other entertainment from sites the carriers haven't sanctioned. U.S. operators have traditionally avoided this type of business strategy because they feared losing revenue, hindering their customer relationship or jeopardizing the security of their networks by allowing infe
Without the increasing sophistication of microprocessing power now becoming available in handsets, many of the new and coming gee-whiz multimedia applications –including TV and music – would have little "gee" in them. A number of recent advances, and several on the way, cover the full range of chips found in phones, including the dual processors found on smartphones, the do-it-all c
Remember Project Angel? Back in the 1990s, it was such an "emerging technology" that even some of the engineers hired to work on the project didn't know what they were signing up for. Sometimes things come full circle. Some of the leaders of AT&T Wireless Services' Project Angel – one of the most infamous wireless local loop systems – are together again.
For the past 30 years, InterDigital Communications Corporation has built a solid business by carefully culling its patent portfolio and then licensing that technology to various manufacturing and technology firms. This strategy has been InterDigital's mainstay, but now the company is hoping to broaden its horizons and start building advanced products based on its intellectual property.
In the wireless world, old technologies never die. They just morph into new business opportunities. Take the case of Mobitex, one of the first wireless data technologies, developed largely by Ericsson nearly 20 years ago. It has been identified in the United States with a number of different companies, although they've all been using the same network.