News Briefs for Jan. 10, 2007
Tue, 02/27/2007 - 2:00pm
- Verizon Wireless has expanded its EV-DO wide-area network in Ohio, including portions of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties, including Ada, Beaverdam, Cridersville, Elida and Lima. The carrier also launched high-speed services in Sandusky, Ohio, with coverage extending to parts of Erie and Huron counties, including Berlin Heights, Birmingham, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Huron, Norwalk, Wakeman and Willard.
- Avis Rent A Car System announced plans to offer customers the option to rent an Autonet Mobile Service unit, which provides a portable mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The new technology will initially be available in 10 U.S. markets for an additional fee of $10.95 per day.
- Vodafone Group is reportedly close to making a bid for Hutchison Telecommunications' stake in Hutchison Essar, according to The Wall Street Journal. Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin also would consider teaming with Essar Group, which already holds a stake in Hutchison Essar and is interested in snapping up Hutchison Telecom's stake as well, according to the report.
- Alltel Wireless is now offering Axcess Broadband service in St. Clairsville, Ohio and surrounding communities, including New Philadelphia, Marietta and Wheeling, W.Va. Alltel began offering Axcess Broadband in Cleveland and Akron in 2005.
- Wayport inked a deal to install Wi-Fi wireless Internet access at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Huntsville, Ala. The installation will enable guests to access Wayport's Wi-Fi Internet using their own Wi-Fi-enabled notebook computers or handheld devices in all 295 guest rooms. Wi-Fi wireless access also will be available in all common areas and in the property's 14 meeting facilities.
- BAA Maryland, developer and manager of the AIRMALL at Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, has launched Wi-Fi access in the Southwest Airlines Terminals (A/B), A and B. Concourse Communications Group is providing the technology to power the service.
- Wireless broadband access solutions provider Novatel Wireless announced product availability for Microsoft's new Active Notifications software on WWAN modules equipped with HSDPA and EV-DO technologies. Novatel Wireless' modules will enable real-time e-mail and calendar connections between Microsoft Exchange Server and the mobile PC, the company explains.
- AsicAhead NV, a provider of advanced mobile Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs) for the WiMAX market, has raised $10 million in Series B funding. The company plans to use the funds to expand its product portfolio, broaden its customer support and market its patent-pending AA1001, a reprogrammable single-chip radio solution that enables WiMAX-connected devices and systems to be deployed worldwide.
- Linear Technology introduced the LTC3560, a 2.25-MHz, synchronous buck regulator that delivers up to 800mA of continuous output current from a ThinSOT package. The LTC3560 operates from an input voltage range of 2.5V to 5.5V, making it ideal for single cell Li-Ion, or multi-cell alkaline/NiCad/NiMH applications.
- The New Zealand mobile market is approaching saturation and mobile subscriber growth will taper off significantly in 2007 and 2008, according to Research and Markets. A growing number of wireless broadband players, including Woosh Wireless and CallPlus, also are making some inroads into the market and this trend will continue into 2007.