First News Briefs for April 27, 2012
Clearwire and Sprint have lost a wholesale customer. Best Buy is reportedly hanging up on its Connect service, which ran on Clearwire's WiMAX network and Sprint's CDMA network. The company will stop offering the service to new customers on June 1, just two years after it debuted, according to a report on Engadget later confirmed by AllthingsD.
The head of PCIA has resigned. Mike Fitch, who served as the trade association's president and CEO since 2005, said Wednesday he planned to leave his post to return to Los Angeles, where his family lives. He plans to do consulting work for the telecommunications industry. Fitch will stay on board while PCIA searches for his replacement.
Sprint customers using its CDMA-based push-to-talk service in the United States can now connect to the iDEN-based PTT in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile. Customers signing up for the international service can add unlimited PTT calling for an extra $10 per month. Sprint is phasing out its domestic iDEN service and plans to rely entirely on CDMA PTT in 2013.
Radisys has come out with the T40, an ATCA-based 40G platform. The T40 is part of the Radisys T-Series family and is designed to keep pace with increasing data traffic. It can also be customized to support deep packet inspection, security and functions of the evolved packet core. The T40 has already been picked up by C2Tech for its future product lines.