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#TBT: Lucent lands Verizon EV-DO community contract; Operators eye EDGE; Nokia mid-aughts tech technique … this week in 2004


Editor’s Word: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Hearth up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the reminiscences!

Lucent lands deal to ship Verizon’s EV-DO community

Lucent Applied sciences Inc. bolstered its CDMA profile and its place within the coronary heart of Verizon Wi-fi with a whopping $5 billion contract with the largest wi-fi service in the USA. The deal, which replaces its settlement in March 2001, jolted the seller’s inventory upward by 3.85 % to $3.51. The expired contract additionally was valued at $5 billion. Each firms stated the brand new settlement contains the $525 million contract introduced in March, which named Lucent as a key provider for Verizon’s BroadbandAccess high-speed knowledge community. “With this settlement, Lucent will proceed as Verizon Wi-fi’ main next-generation community infrastructure provider,” stated each firms. “For Lucent, it’s an incredible alternative,” remarked Michael Grossi, principal at consulting agency Adventis. “For Verizon, it’s a essential step. Verizon has traditionally prided itself on its high quality and attain of its networks.” He stated Lucent will see this as a possibility to make inroads to Dash, which is able to announce a deal of the identical scope. He defined the deal offers an opportunity for Lucent to exhibit their tools and engineering. Underneath the deal, Lucent will provide tools, software program and providers to Verizon’s CDMA2000 1x EV-DO community. … Learn extra

Operators eye EDGE

BELLEVUE, Wash.-As soon as thought-about a expertise with little future, EDGE networks at the moment quantity greater than 100, based on business affiliation 3G Americas. The group stated greater than 100 operators in 63 international locations from all areas of the world are in numerous levels of readiness for EDGE expertise. Along with the 28 operators providing industrial EDGE providers to clients, there are 32 operators actively deploying EDGE, 33 deliberate EDGE deployments, eight operators with EDGE-capable networks, and 7 different operators with EDGE networks reported within the trial part. … Learn extra

Virgin Cellular strikes Comedy Central content material deal

Pay as you go wi-fi supplier Virgin Cellular USA L.L.C. added content material from Comedy Central to its already intensive knowledge content material choice offered by a variety of youth-oriented manufacturers together with MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon. The settlement with Comedy Central, which Virgin stated is a part of a broad ongoing strategic alliance with MTV Networks, will present particular Comedy Central video games, display savers, wallpapers, information alerts and voice greetings. Virgin famous that the preliminary unique content material will revolve across the Comedy Central present “Crank Yankers,” with extra content material from different reveals, together with “South Park” and “Drawn Collectively,” set to observe later this yr. “The robust efficiency of different MTV Networks content material on Virgin Cellphones proved to us the worth of bringing Comedy Central to this medium,” stated Cathy Tankosic, senior vp of selling for Comedy Central. … Learn extra

Faculty college students present curiosity in Bluetooth

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Quick-range wi-fi applied sciences like Bluetooth have a promising future, based on the Bluetooth Particular Curiosity Group, which lately surveyed 5,000 faculty college students on the subject. Greater than half of the respondents acknowledged Bluetooth wi-fi expertise, and 11 % stated they’re at the moment utilizing it, based on the Bluetooth SIG. “We consider these outcomes give us a preview of Bluetooth demand within the coming years-for the expertise generally, in addition to for particular functions similar to hands-free within the car, wi-fi printing and peer-to-peer gaming.” In accordance with the group, 35 % of respondents to the survey stated they discuss on their telephones whereas driving one to 3 occasions per week, 24 % stated they use telephones whereas driving not less than as soon as a day, and 13 % stated they use their telephones each time they drive. … Learn extra

Pre-teens spend extra money on cell than sweet, report says

LONDON-The worldwide marketplace for pre-teen cell providers might attain $43.1 billion by 2009, based on a brand new report by Visiongain Ltd. The pre-teen market contains kids between the ages of 5 and 14, based on the brand new report, “Focusing on the Pre Teen Cellular Market-Evaluation and Forecasts 2004-2009.” Pre-teens spend twice as a lot per week on cell phones as they do on sweets, stated the report, they usually have an growing quantity of disposable revenue. Nevertheless, this group has been tough to market to because of moral considerations surrounding promoting cell phones to kids … Learn extra

UWB requirements battle

The requirements impasse over ultra-wideband expertise between the Multiband OFDM Alliance and the Direct Sequence UWB Discussion board continued on the IEEE convention this week. This time, nevertheless, it had an sudden twist. Within the vote tally typically received by MBOA, the opposite facet received what’s described as a down choose vote, albeit by one vote. In a 74-73 vote, the Motorola Inc.-led DS-UWB Discussion board edged out MBOA amid complaints that the majority members of the dropping alliance didn’t attend and allegations that Motorola paid consultants to attend and pad its voting numbers. However the impasse stays, as a result of the Motorola-led group didn’t muster the 75 % required for the affirmation vote. Certainly, the affirmation vote tilted towards the DS-UWB discussion board in a 52-48 tally. “The vote reveals that we’re not protecting the business at bay, moderately that the momentum has shifted to our facet,” stated Martin Rofheart, director of UWB operations at Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a Motorola spin-off. The following assembly will happen in Berlin in September. “It’s no huge deal,” remarked Jeff Ross, govt vp of Alereon Inc., which belongs to the MBOA facet of the aisle. He defined that Motorola’s victory didn’t quantity to any momentum for the direct sequence commonplace, including many MBOA members didn’t attend. … Learn extra

Nokia’s CTO talks tech

As an organization that tends to generate most pleasure concerning its backside line, Nokia Corp. for essentially the most half has been unruffled within the latest turbulent seas of the wi-fi business. Even when the business stumbled as previously few years, the agency by no means wavered. Some layoffs and plant closings right here, some coverage tweaking there, however the Finnish big all the time returned promptly to the dramatic quiet of its earnings. Nokia will not be everybody’s buddy, however most like to associate with the enormous. A champion attracting little malice, Nokia belongs to teams and commonplace our bodies and appears to work finest inside these conventional boundaries. But, its conservative picture appears to be giving strategy to that of a lone participant centered on its backside line. Certainly, latest stumbles in earnings have led the world’s largest handset producer to think about chopping handset costs to re-gain market share, an uncommon transfer for the corporate. And Nokia is carving out its personal path in Push-to-talk over Mobile and lately dropped out of the WiMAX Discussion board, solely to rapidly resolve to return again to the WiMAX Discussion board fold, though the corporate has not but rejoined. Nokia stated it’s dedicated to working with different gamers to set a normal for the expertise. Likewise, on PoC, Nokia claims to be devoted to the requirements, though it’s at current at odds with different topflight gamers within the house, together with Nortel Networks Ltd., Motorola Inc., L.M. Ericsson and Siemens AG. “Each firm has to do steady planning and evaluations,” stated Pertti Korhonen, the corporate’s chief expertise officer. Nokia’s determination to steer the business in some situations whereas forging its personal path in others is all associated to Nokia’s imaginative and prescient, Korhonen stated, Nokia’s need to dream huge and never lag in ambition in an business suffused with new concepts, new gamers, new highs and lows. “I don’t assume we’ve been that conservative,” stated Korhonen. “Now we have to take some danger,” he stated. “Some will fail … we’ve to verify we’re taking part in a strong recreation.” … Learn extra

Take a look at the RCR Wi-fi Information Archives for extra tales from the previous.

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