Facebook announced its Home software for Android phones on April 4. Home became available for free through the Google Play store in the U.S. from April 12, and would come to other countries shortly after. The software comes pre-installed on the HTC First handset and will initially be available for download on the following Android smartphones: HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
With 2012 being a breakthrough year for LTE and deployments gaining momentum, subscribers will begin to sign up for 4G LTE services in volume this year (2013). The emerging factor that is driving and will continue to drive the consumer take-up in the short term and beyond is the embedding of LTE technology in consumer devices.
With a surged in fixed Internet traffic already in progress and growth forecast to outstrip mobile data traffic in many countries, it's time to address fixed Internet issues, like broadband speeds, data caps, and usage patterns, in both commercial rollouts and in regulation.
Sprint and Telefónica Digital announced Feb. 20 that they will collaborate to establish an advertising alliance, which reportedly will reach the two operators' 370 million customers in Brazil, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Both operators have stated that the collaboration will span across messaging, display and location-based advertising.
On the surface, cloud or IT infrastructure service initiatives appear to be attractive offerings for telecom service providers, but are they? Cloud or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) explicitly involves network services and hosting/IT infrastructure services. However, telecom operators have been slow to adopt these new services.
Innovations in technology have meant leaving behind cherished LPs and cassette tapes for CDs and digital music, and throwing out analog televisions and rabbit ear antennae for digital TV and broadband-delivered video-on-demand. Things change, and phone service is no different.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence of IP traffic, phone companies must still operate an increasingly obsolete but costly circuit-switched POTS infrastructure alongside their IP networks. But is it wise to try to speed up the transition to an all-IP environment?
Since the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, Super Storm Sandy, the need for an interoperable national public safety communications system has been well-known. Last February, Congress took the important step of committing funds and spectrum and resources to this goal. Yet the political capital expended will be wasted, and public safety potentially compromised, unless there is greater cooperation among state officials, federal agencies and commercial telecommunications firms.
Enterprise IT managers cite cloud computing as among their most important initiatives this year. Nearly two-thirds of them have already begun transitioning their business-critical applications to the cloud. Where does Carrier Ethernet fit in this equation?
The failure of commercial cellular carrier networks that was evident during Hurricane Sandy clearly indicates the imminent need for a dedicated private public safety LTE network in the U.S.