FirstNews Briefs for December 3, 2009
• MediaTek has become the first WiMAX chip vendor to pass interoperability testing for CRSL version 7.9, which for the first time included Operator IOT (OIOT) test cases. The test allowed the company to receive WiMAX Forum Wave2 certification. MediaTek worked with Bureau Veritas ADT to complete the test. Bureau Veritas is a WiMAX Forum Designated Certification Lab (WFDCL) for WiMAX Forum Certification Testing.
• Motorola has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Sensitive Object, a multi-touch anywhere platforms and natural user interface (NUI) company. The company was created in October 2003 with a technology capable of "tactilizing" any surface. The unique software technology leverages acoustics to analyze sound waves departing from the point of a touch to transform any product into a touch device. The company is a spin-off from the French Science National Research Centre (CNRS).
• Virgin Mobile Canada has launched a 3G nationwide wireless Internet service without an annual contract or activation fee. The service is available with Virgin's Broadband2Go data stick, manufactured by Novatel Wireless. The carrier is offering one month of service or 1GB of data use at no charge when activated online as part of an introductory offer. After that, top-ups are $45 for 1GB or for one month of use, whichever comes first.
• Agito Networks, a company that produces solutions for enterprise mobility, has named former AT&T sales executive Donna Henderson as its vice president of strategic accounts. In the new position for Agito Networks, Henderson will drive Agito Networks' sales via the carrier channels and key Fortune 500 enterprises.
• TNS, provider of business-critical data communications services for transaction-oriented applications, has appointed wireless industry veteran Tom Wheeler to its board of directors, increasing the number of board seats to six from five. Wheeler has worked at the forefront of telecom policy and business development for three decades and is currently a managing director of Core Capital Partners, an early stage technology venture capital fund.