First News Briefs for December 8, 2010
• The House Republican Steering Committee has selected Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton has opposed the FCC's net neutrality effort and Title II reclassification proposals. He has served on the Energy and Commerce Committee since 1991. The influential Congressional committee handles many issues related to the wireless industry and members of the committee have pushed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to abandon his net neutrality efforts.
• CTIA has announced its officers and six new members of its executive committee who will serve a one-year term beginning Jan.1, 2011. The new officers include Sprint CEO Dan Hesse as chairman and Cellcom President and CEO Pat Riordan as vice chairman. U.S. Cellular President and CEO Mary Dillon will serve as secretary, and Bret Comolli, chairman of Asurion, will be the committee's treasurer. Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, will serve as chairman emeritus. To see the entire board of directors, visit: http://www.ctia.org/aboutCTIA/board_of_directors/.
• Indian operator Aircel has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks and ZTE for parts of its 3G network. Nokia Siemens will supply, deploy and manage its HSPA+ network in Punjab, Kolkata and rest of West Bengal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied and continues to manage Aircel's GSM/EDGE network in six Indian markets. ZTE said it won a $85 million UMTS contract with Aircel to build and deploy an advanced SDR-based 3G network. ZTE will be also responsible for Aircel's 2G network upgrade and implementing the new 3G network and subsequent upgrades.
• Flurry has closed $15 million in a Series C financing round led by Menlo Ventures with participation from existing investors, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson, InterWest, First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures. Sonja Hoel Perkins, Menlo Ventures managing director, will join Flurry's board of directors as part of the deal. Flurry intends to use some of the funds to expand the reach of its analytics and AppCircle services across the top mobile application platforms, including iOS and Android. Application developers use Flurry's services to improve their apps.
• Network management company Arieso says its analysis of network traffic generated by different smartphones show that Android users consume more data than users of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 in terms of data call volumes, time connected to the network and data volume uploaded and downloaded. The company found that Samsung Galaxy users typically upload 126 percent more data than iPhone 3G users, and HTC Desire users download 41 percent more data than iPhone3G users.
• Motorola Solutions and Janam Technologies have resolved a patent dispute over mobile computing technology. Under the settlement agreement, Janam has taken a royalty-bearing license under Symbol's patents in the fields of mobile computing, wireless technology and laser- and imaging-based barcode scanning for finished mobile computing terminals. The specific terms of the settlement are confidential. Separately, Motorola Solutions introduced its new MC55A0 enterprise-grade mobile computers for on-premise use. The rugged mobile computer runs on Wi-Fi and has been customized for use in healthcare.
• AT&T and Elster are working on smart grid technology for utility companies. The companies' combined technology allows utilities to integrate distribution area networking from AT&T's cellular data network with Elster's EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution. The technology gives utilities access to an open and multi-technology smart grid platform which reduces the operational costs of having to manage proprietary networks.
• MobileIron announced release 4.0 of its Virtual Smartphone Platform (VSP). MobileIron 4.0 features MobileIron's App Management and Security, which allows enterprise IT groups to centralize the discovery, deployment and security of internally- and externally-developed apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices within a company.
• YuMe is launching three new, in-stream video ad units: Lights Out, SideKick and Expanded View. YuMe says the new ad placements provide unique and immersive opportunities for advertisers to successfully reach and engage their audience and for publishers to monetize their video inventory.