Cisco launches Umi consumer video calls system

Cisco launches Umi consumer video calls system
(Telecompaper) Cisco introduced a new product to bring videoconferencing to consumer households, with the Cisco Г…В«mi telepresence system. Umi includes an HD camera, a console and a remote control, which connect to a TV and broadband connection to bring video calls to the TV. Available now for pre-order from Cisco’s website, the system will go on sale 14 November in the US for USD 599 plus USD 24.99 per month for a subscription of unlimited video calls and storage. The Umi user interface allows users to make calls, access video messages, manage contacts, and customize their profile and settings. Users can also record their own videos, which they can share on Facebook, YouTube, or via e-mail. Cisco said it expects the service to play a role in connecting consumers with businesses, to enable the delivery of services such as education, health care and financial services. The company has agreed a distribution partnership with Verizon, which will offer Umi to its Fios fibre customers from early next year. Best Buy will also sell the system at its Magnolia Home Theatre stores. Cisco plans a number of marketing events for Umi as well, including a placement on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, a national advertising campaign featuring Ellen Page, and a Cisco Г…В«mi mall tour beginning 10 November.[Lees verder]

Logitech launches Revue box with Google TV
(Telecompaper) Logitech has unveiled the first device running the Google TV software, the Logitech Revue. Based on the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the slim box connects over HDMI to a TV and set-top box to deliver linear broadcasts to the TV and also connects to a broadband line to access online content. Users can also watch their own personal media, such as photos, music and video, stored on USB or DLNA devices connected to the Revue. The Logitech Media Player on the applications section of the box helps access and control personal media, and Logitech is also offering iPhone and Android mobile apps for remote control of the box. The Revue is available now for pre-order and should be in shops in the US for USD 299.99 by the end of October. US satellite TV provider Dish Network will also offer the box to its customers. Logitech is offering a range of accessories for controlling the new box. These include the Logitech Keyboard Controller, a wireless keyboard with touch pad; the Mini Controller, a palm-sized keyboard, touch pad and remote control combo; and the TV Cam, which connects over USB to the Revue to use as a webcam on the TV. With the Vid HD app loaded on the Revue, users can make HD video calls with the TV Cam, at up to 720p.[Lees verder]

Verizon to cover third of Americans with LTE by yr-end
(Telecompaper) US mobile operator Verizon Wirless plans to cover around a third of Americans with its LTE network by the end of the year. The company will launch LTE in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, as well as in over 60 commercial airports, by the end of 2010. Areas slated for launch this year include large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC; throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee; Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio; major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas. Verizon expects average data rates on the new network of 5-12 Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload. Verizon said it will also bring LTE to West Lafayette, Indiana, home of Purdue University. The public university is using several software applications on Verizon Wireless’ 3G network that improve student engagement and success, and Verizon Wireless is working with Purdue to explore the next phase of how LTE technology can improve e-learning.[Lees verder]

HTC September sales up 130% year-on-year
(Telecompaper) HTC announced revenues for the month of September of TWD 27.06 billion, up 130 percent from the year earlier. The smartphone marker said September sales only saw a small portion of shipments for its new products and it expects a bigger impact from new launches in October. For the first nine months of 2010, the company’s revenues reached TWD 174.76 billion, up 69 percent from a year earlier. HTC reported third-quarter revenue of TWD 75.85 billion, more than double the TWD 33.9 billion a year earlier. Quarterly operating profit rose to TWD 12.40 billion from TWD 6.43 billion a year earlier, and net profit increased to TWD 11.10 billion from TWD 5.70 billion.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Essar leads in net adds in August
(Telecompaper) India ended August with 706.37 million telephony subscribers, up 2.61 percent from 688.38 million in July, according to data from telecoms regulator Trai. Teledensity reached 59.63 percent from 58.17 percent in the prior month. The wireless and mobile (GSM, CDMA, fixed wireless phone) subscriber base grew to 670.6 million, up 2.79 percent from 652.42 million in the previous month. Bharti Airtel remained market leader with a market share of 21.1 percent and had 141.25 million customers, versus 139.22 million in July. Bharti’s net additions for the month stood at 2.03 million. Airtel was followed by Reliance with 115.33 million subscribers, up from 113.32 million subscribers a month earlier, and a 17.2 percent market share. Reliance won 2.01 million customers in the month. Vodafone Essar was third with a 16.8 percent market share and 113.77 million customers, versus 111.47 million subscribers in the previous month. Vodafone Essar led in subscriber additions as it signed up 2.31 million new customers in August. Tata Teleservices had 76.94 million subscribers against 74.85 million in July, and BSNL’s subscribers grew to 76.04 million from 73.78 million. Idea ended the month with 72.74 million versus 70.74 million customers, and Aircel grew its customer base to 44.91 million from 43.29 million a month earlier. MTS India’s subscriber base grew to 6.11 million from 5.58 million, while Loop Telecom had 2.97 million customers against 2.96 million subscribers. Videocon saw its subscriber base reach 3.66 million from 2.77 million in July. The fixed subscriber base declined from 35.96 million in July to 35.77 million in August with state-owned operators BSNL and MTNL holding 83.68 percent of the fixed market. The total broadband subscriber base rose 3.17 percent to 10.08 million.[Lees verder]

Nokia head of MeeGo devices to leave company
(Telecompaper) Nokia’s head of MeeGo Devices Ari Jaaksi has decided to leave the company. Jaaksi has decided to step down for personal reasons and will leave the company in a couple of weeks, Nokia press spokeswoman Eija-Riitta Huovinen told Dow Jones. The first devices based on MeeGo, developed with Intel, are expected to launch before the end of the year. MeeGo will be used for Nokia’s top-end smartphone and tablet devices. Jaaksi joined Nokia in 1998 and has held a number of positions in the company, particularly within software development and strategy. In his current role as a sub-unit manager under MeeGo Computers head Alberto Torres, he has focused on development of the platform’s software in cooperation with partner Intel. Huovinen said that the company is looking for candidates to fill his position.[Lees verder]

Cisco launches Umi consumer video calls system
(Telecompaper) Cisco introduced a new product to bring videoconferencing to consumer households, with the Cisco Г…В«mi telepresence system. Umi includes an HD camera, a console and a remote control, which connect to a TV and broadband connection to bring video calls to the TV. Available now for pre-order from Cisco’s website, the system will go on sale 14 November in the US for USD 599 plus USD 24.99 per month for a subscription of unlimited video calls and storage. The Umi user interface allows users to make calls, access video messages, manage contacts, and customize their profile and settings. Users can also record their own videos, which they can share on Facebook, YouTube, or via e-mail. Cisco said it expects the service to play a role in connecting consumers with businesses, to enable the delivery of services such as education, health care and financial services. The company has agreed a distribution partnership with Verizon, which will offer Umi to its Fios fibre customers from early next year. Best Buy will also sell the system at its Magnolia Home Theatre stores. Cisco plans a number of marketing events for Umi as well, including a placement on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, a national advertising campaign featuring Ellen Page, and a Cisco Г…В«mi mall tour beginning 10 November.[Lees verder]

Logitech launches Revue box with Google TV
(Telecompaper) Logitech has unveiled the first device running the Google TV software, the Logitech Revue. Based on the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the slim box connects over HDMI to a TV and set-top box to deliver linear broadcasts to the TV and also connects to a broadband line to access online content. Users can also watch their own personal media, such as photos, music and video, stored on USB or DLNA devices connected to the Revue. The Logitech Media Player on the applications section of the box helps access and control personal media, and Logitech is also offering iPhone and Android mobile apps for remote control of the box. The Revue is available now for pre-order and should be in shops in the US for USD 299.99 by the end of October. US satellite TV provider Dish Network will also offer the box to its customers. Logitech is offering a range of accessories for controlling the new box. These include the Logitech Keyboard Controller, a wireless keyboard with touch pad; the Mini Controller, a palm-sized keyboard, touch pad and remote control combo; and the TV Cam, which connects over USB to the Revue to use as a webcam on the TV. With the Vid HD app loaded on the Revue, users can make HD video calls with the TV Cam, at up to 720p.[Lees verder]

Verizon to cover third of Americans with LTE by yr-end
(Telecompaper) US mobile operator Verizon Wirless plans to cover around a third of Americans with its LTE network by the end of the year. The company will launch LTE in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, as well as in over 60 commercial airports, by the end of 2010. Areas slated for launch this year include large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC; throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee; Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio; major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas. Verizon expects average data rates on the new network of 5-12 Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload. Verizon said it will also bring LTE to West Lafayette, Indiana, home of Purdue University. The public university is using several software applications on Verizon Wireless’ 3G network that improve student engagement and success, and Verizon Wireless is working with Purdue to explore the next phase of how LTE technology can improve e-learning.[Lees verder]

HTC September sales up 130% year-on-year
(Telecompaper) HTC announced revenues for the month of September of TWD 27.06 billion, up 130 percent from the year earlier. The smartphone marker said September sales only saw a small portion of shipments for its new products and it expects a bigger impact from new launches in October. For the first nine months of 2010, the company’s revenues reached TWD 174.76 billion, up 69 percent from a year earlier. HTC reported third-quarter revenue of TWD 75.85 billion, more than double the TWD 33.9 billion a year earlier. Quarterly operating profit rose to TWD 12.40 billion from TWD 6.43 billion a year earlier, and net profit increased to TWD 11.10 billion from TWD 5.70 billion.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Essar leads in net adds in August
(Telecompaper) India ended August with 706.37 million telephony subscribers, up 2.61 percent from 688.38 million in July, according to data from telecoms regulator Trai. Teledensity reached 59.63 percent from 58.17 percent in the prior month. The wireless and mobile (GSM, CDMA, fixed wireless phone) subscriber base grew to 670.6 million, up 2.79 percent from 652.42 million in the previous month. Bharti Airtel remained market leader with a market share of 21.1 percent and had 141.25 million customers, versus 139.22 million in July. Bharti’s net additions for the month stood at 2.03 million. Airtel was followed by Reliance with 115.33 million subscribers, up from 113.32 million subscribers a month earlier, and a 17.2 percent market share. Reliance won 2.01 million customers in the month. Vodafone Essar was third with a 16.8 percent market share and 113.77 million customers, versus 111.47 million subscribers in the previous month. Vodafone Essar led in subscriber additions as it signed up 2.31 million new customers in August. Tata Teleservices had 76.94 million subscribers against 74.85 million in July, and BSNL’s subscribers grew to 76.04 million from 73.78 million. Idea ended the month with 72.74 million versus 70.74 million customers, and Aircel grew its customer base to 44.91 million from 43.29 million a month earlier. MTS India’s subscriber base grew to 6.11 million from 5.58 million, while Loop Telecom had 2.97 million customers against 2.96 million subscribers. Videocon saw its subscriber base reach 3.66 million from 2.77 million in July. The fixed subscriber base declined from 35.96 million in July to 35.77 million in August with state-owned operators BSNL and MTNL holding 83.68 percent of the fixed market. The total broadband subscriber base rose 3.17 percent to 10.08 million.[Lees verder]

Nokia head of MeeGo devices to leave company
(Telecompaper) Nokia’s head of MeeGo Devices Ari Jaaksi has decided to leave the company. Jaaksi has decided to step down for personal reasons and will leave the company in a couple of weeks, Nokia press spokeswoman Eija-Riitta Huovinen told Dow Jones. The first devices based on MeeGo, developed with Intel, are expected to launch before the end of the year. MeeGo will be used for Nokia’s top-end smartphone and tablet devices. Jaaksi joined Nokia in 1998 and has held a number of positions in the company, particularly within software development and strategy. In his current role as a sub-unit manager under MeeGo Computers head Alberto Torres, he has focused on development of the platform’s software in cooperation with partner Intel. Huovinen said that the company is looking for candidates to fill his position.[Lees verder]