FirstNews Briefs for Feb. 2, 2009
• The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will forgo a bonus for 2008. Some 120,000 managerial employees will not receive salary increases in 2009.
• TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) announced a multi-year contract agreement with Cricket Communications under which TCS will provide its suite of E911 services to Cricket throughout the United States. The two companies have maintained a strategic partnership since 2001.
• Sierra Wireless announced the resignation of Trent Punnett, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development. The company has no immediate plans to fill the position.
• Palm’s Centro smartphone is now available in Canada on Bell Mobility’s 1X EV-DO network. Palm has sold more than 2 million Centro units worldwide.
• Aeris Communications announced AerCommand, a patent-pending technology designed to combine smart-metering and demand-response communications in a single platform. AerCommand uses the Aeris nationwide CDMA network and specially designed, pre-provisioned Kyocera modules to deliver broadcast paging messages to millions of smart-metering devices for a flat fee.
• Connectiv Solutions announced a three-year contract extension with NTELOS. Connectiv’s routeWATCH solution will continue to provide company-wide analysis of NTELOS’ wireless network to uncover routing savings opportunities and provide network planning intelligence.
• Azimuth Systems announced the availability of the ACE MX MIMO Channel Emulator, purpose-built, enhanced testing solution to meet the needs of multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)-based systems.