First News Briefs for April 6, 2012
A number of top executives at Research In Motion (RIM) have left the handset maker, including the vice president of its BlackBerry Messenger platform, Alistair Mitchell, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Alan Brenner, a senior vice president for the BlackBerry operating system, also is said to be exiting the company "after a transition period." The rumor of additional shakeups at RIM's executive ranks comes after co-founder Jim Balsillie resigned from the company's board of directors last week, along with the departures of its chief technology officer and COO.
Verizon Wireless is set for another round of LTE expansions later this month, launching the service in a number of markets on April 19, including cities in Kansas, Ohio, New York and other states. Several other markets without specific launch dates will launch "in the coming weeks," including those in Alabama and Georgia. Verizon is both lighting up new markets and expanding its existing LTE service in others. As of mid-March, the operator's LTE service was available in 203 markets. By the end of the year, it plans to have LTE in more than 400 markets.
AT&T says it will start providing travelers at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with free Wi-Fi in September. The service will span the facility's five terminals, covering 6 million square feet. Users will have to watch a 30-second advertisement to get 40 minutes of free Wi-Fi usage. About 57 million people pass through the airport every year.
Broadcom has closed its $195 million acquisition of BroadLight, a provider of integrated networking and fiber access passive optical network processors. The semiconductor company will use the assets for an end-to-end gigabit passive optical networking solution integrated with its networking and management software.