China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent are demonstrating their progress in the development of network functions virtualization (NFV) for mobile operators. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized LTE radio access network (RAN) Baseband Unit (BBU) and its virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) in a multi-vendor environment, the companies are showing how an open mobile cloud network can enhance agility, efficiency and scale.
SocialRadar is a new mobile application that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood. Or it could just end up being another creepy example of how digital devices are making it easier for our whereabouts to be tracked by just about anyone, including strangers.
An email blast issued by T-Mobile last week, offering BlackBerry users a chance to upgrade to an iPhone, was met with a swift and angry response from BlackBerry CEO John Chen. Chen voiced his outrage over the promotion in a blog post. “I can only guess that T-Mobile thought its ‘great offer for BlackBerry customers’ would be well received. T-Mobile could not have been more wrong,” Chen said.
HTC today announced its Advantage guarantee, including a free one-time replacement for a cracked screen. Anyone who buys an HTC One, One Max or One Mini beginning today can rest assured that if they bust up the display in the first six months of ownership, HTC will fix it for them.
Marvell today announced that its ARMADA Mobile LTE solution, an integrated quad-core application and communications System-on-Chip (SoC) platform, will power Lenovo's first TD-LTE smartphone which is well positioned to support China Mobile's plans to sell 100 million 4G LTE smart phones in 2014. Additionally, Marvell today announced the launch of its SSD-Class eMMC Controller, the new 88NV1088 5.0 NAND Flash controller.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA today released new research that forecasts total global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections will hit a quarter of a billion this year. The study found that global M2M connections reached 195 million in 2013, growing at nearly 40 percent per year between 2010 and 2013.
AT&T and IBM today announced a partnership that aims to develop solutions that help support the “Internet of Things” (IOC). According to a press release, the two companies will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries.
T-Mobile today announced eSIM, a modular solution for connected devices that provides local data rates while roaming. Targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M applications, the eSIM will see its initial roaming deal launched for the U.S. and Canada. T-Mobile will be announcing more supported countries throughout 2014.
The maker of the blockbuster mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game "Pet Rescue Saga," did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.
The GSMA put together a high-energy clip that traces technological advances from 1979 to today. Then it busts into some industry numbers for 2013-2017, like $5.4 trillion in mobile operator revenues and a staggering $10.5 trillion contributed to the global GDP by 2017. And it's all set to a kickin' techno soundtrack.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Female, chose three: Androgynous, Transgender and Genderqueer.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Rakuten Inc. is buying Cyprus-based Viber Media, which operates a popular Internet phone application, for $900 million, fortifying the online retailer's social networking footprint. The Tokyo-based company said Friday it sees Viber, with 280 million global users, as a key platform as people are moving from TVs and computers to mobile devices to consume and enjoy content.
Ericsson and Ciena today announce a strategic global agreement to develop joint transport solutions for IP-optical convergence and service provider software-defined networking (SDN). As part of this agreement, Ericsson offers Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family.
A group of Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would require all phones sold in the U.S. to have a “kill switch” theft deterrent device installed. The bill requires devices to have free technology that would “allow the consumer to wipe their personal data off the phone, render the phone permanently inoperable to anyone but the owner, and prevent it from being reactivated on a network by anyone but the owner.”
Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that he's leaving the company and heading to cloud storage provider Dropbox. In an open letter posted on Motorola's website, Woodside said he will step down at the end of March and move to a position as Chief Operating Officer at Dropbox.
Sony has built a handsome, if somewhat smudge-prone, smartphone in the Xperia Z1S. If the Z1S is the kind of smartphone Sony can make now, it should be interesting to see what the company comes up with now that it’s putting even more focus on mobile.
Computer maker Lenovo Group reported Thursday that quarterly profit rose 30 percent to a record high on strong smartphone sales and said its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business will accelerate its global expansion. Profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $265 million...
Nokia Solutions and Networks is enhancing its Liquid Applications for accelerated content delivery and real-time utilization of network information by making use of advanced cloud technology within the base station. These new capabilities enable new classes of services for consumers, enterprises and other market segments.
Verizon Wireless today introduced new More Everything plans that raise the data caps on its shared plans and offer incentives for opting into the carrier’s Edge early upgrade program. As expected, Verizon seems to be responding to recent pricing moves from AT&T. More Everything plans are similar to AT&T’s recently announced shared data and early upgrade service discounts.
More and more devices in production will include internet connectivity, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. The research firm forecasts the connected device market to surpass 6 billion in 2014. IHS estimates worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units this year, up 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013.
Sprint laid out for the FCC just exactly what it thinks a revised spectrum screen should look like, taking into account propogation aspects of a given frequency, as well as how much it will cost to deploy on that band in a given area. But the carrier also had some caveats aroudn just how much of the 2.5 GHz band...
Nokia today announced the Lumia Icon, its new 5-inch Windows Phone flagship. Besides having a name that’s easier to remember than your typical Nokia, the Icon packs a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, full HD OLED display and Nokia’s 20MP Pureview camera.
RacoWireless today announced that it has been chosen to support Audi’s new lineup of 4G LTE connected vehicles in the Audi connect program. Providing complete connectivity management, including 24/7/365 call center support, RacoWireless will work with AT&T to deliver an in-car infotainment system.
Ericsson is putting an emphasis on software and cloud-based solutions, as the wireless industry moves towards virtualizing the network with technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Specifically, Ericsson will be launching what it’s calling...
AT&T has filed with the FCC for transfer of certain AWS-1 licenses from Stelera to AT&T Mobility, making it Big Blue’s third spectrum transaction already in 2014. The AWS-1 A Block licenses cover 55 counties in nine Cellular Market Areas (CMA) across parts of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.