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Cingular Sticks with Convergys, Unveils Cingular Video

February 27, 2007 5:43 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Cingular Wireless decided to renew its contract with Convergys. The revised contract calls for Convergys to continue to manage and support billing for Cingular's customers. Separately, Cingular introduced Cingular Video, an on-demand streaming video service.

GigaBeam Expands WiFiber Deal in California

February 27, 2007 5:43 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The city of Manteca, Calif., has upped its order with GigaBeam Corporation to now include eight WiFiber wireless fiber links. Terms of the revised agreement were not disclosed.

IMS Spending Poised to Hit $10B by 2011

February 27, 2007 5:43 pm | News | Comments

ABI Research says fixed and mobile network operators will invest a total of $10.1 billion in IP multimedia subsystems (IMS) capital infrastructure over the next five years. Worldwide, ABI forecasts that operators will generate $49.6 billion in service revenue from IMS-enabled applications in 2011.

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Equant, Wanadoo Turn Orange

February 27, 2007 5:42 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

France Telecom is moving ahead with its previously announced NExT strategy (New Experience in Telecoms) by bringing all of its brands under the Orange label. Beginning in June, the Equant and Wanadoo brands will take on the Orange name.

Research Firm Receives Funding

February 27, 2007 5:41 pm | News | Comments

M:Metrics, one of the pioneers of measuring mobile content and application consumption, received some additional financing this week. The company raised $7 million in Series B financing led by Prism Venture Partners. The proceeds will be used for international expansion. M:Metrics was founded in September 2004 by Wi

WiMAX Forum Gives Seals of Approval

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

It appears more vendors are closer to losing the "pre-WiMAX" adjective and ready for the full deal. The WiMAX Forum announced the first fixed wireless broadband network products to achieve the official designation of "WiMAX Forum Certified."

EarthLink Enlists Motorola, Tropos

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

EarthLink is sharing the love, the Wi-Fi love, that is, with Motorola. It has signed up to provide wireless gear and system integration for the initial major cities where EarthLink deploys municipal Wi-Fi networks.

Qualcomm Closes on Flarion Acquisition

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Qualcomm completed its $600 million acquisition of Flarion Technologies, known for its orthogonal frequency division multiplex access (OFDMA) technology and flash-OFDM technology for mobile broadband IP services.

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Amdocs 1Q Profit Up

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Amdocs Limited is riding high this week. The company yesterday reported first-quarter net income of $75.3 million compared to net income of $69.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2005. Revenue represented a 25-percent increase over last year's first quarter.

News Briefs for Jan. 19, 2006

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | News | Comments

Calypso Wireless, The Orchard, GroupieTunes, Mobieltoolbox, Summus, Xingtone, Groove Mobile, Brightpoint North America, Nokia, VoiceSignal, Jamdat Mobile, Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Tessco Technologies, BellSouth, Relm Wireless, Agere Systems, LGC Wireless, Gemplus International, InterDigital, Infineon, Southern Wireless, Nighthawk Systems, Win Win Gaming, MobilRelay, Spansion and Tekelec.

Proof Is in Performance, Not Publicity

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | by Shirin Dehghan | News | Comments

Carriers spend big dollars to acquire customers. The network's performance is what will make them stay, not glitzy advertising. In the last quarter of 2004, the average acquisition cost per mobile subscriber worldwide was $137. In the same quarter, the average revenue per user – the hallowed ARPU – across the United States and Canada was $52.

CEO Navigates His Way to the Top

February 27, 2007 5:40 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

If climbing mountains is anything like bringing a fixed wireless business to profitability, then Graham Barnes reached the summit some time ago. The fixed wireless space is riddled with companies that fell by the wayside. But somehow Barnes, CEO of NextWeb, managed to guide his fixed wireless Internet services company from its launch in mid-2000 to its first full year of positive cash flow in

Hollywood Studio Shoots for Mobility

February 27, 2007 5:39 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

As industries go, the movie and television industry is more mobile than most. On-location shooting for film or television keeps a lot of employees hopping. Just living in Southern California is a mobile experience. That's why the film industry was an early adopter of cell phones. It's also a reason the industry has adopted Wi-Fi in many locations.

Measured Steps in IM

February 27, 2007 5:39 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

As Yogi Barra once famously quipped, it's déja vu all over again. That's the impression you get when hearing the nearly deafening buzz in cellular circles surrounding IP multimedia subsystem (IMS), an evolving communications architecture that promises to flow applications and services across wireless or wireline networks with equal ease.

Cross-Platform Gaming Lures New Players

February 27, 2007 5:39 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Multiplayer gaming, 3D gaming and now cross-platform gaming. This is the latest innovation to hit the mobile game space, and it appears to be gaining traction, particularly among companies with console game divisions. Mobile game firms are leveraging their console divisions and Internet game groups for promotions and interesting game play using the mobile, Internet and console platforms to dri

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