Dell launches Android Streak tablet

Dell launches Android Streak tablet
(Telecompaper) Computer maker Dell unveiled a new tablet PC called the Streak, running the Android OS. The device features a 5-inch screen, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot, 5 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile 3G connectivity. The tablet sells for USD 299.99 with a two-year service contract from AT&T or USD 599 without a contract. The Streak goes on pre-sale 12 August and will be in stores on 13 August.[Lees verder]

Korea’s FTC investigates handset, computer makers
(Telecompaper) South Korea’s anti-trust body has launched an investigation into possible patent licensing abuses by some 40 domestic and 19 overseas computer and handset makers. The FTC did not name the companies under investigation but said the probe covers companies supplying semiconductors, computers, and mobile communications products, the JoongAng Daily writes citing Kim Jun-beom, director of the FTC’s market supervision team. The investigation is expected to take six to eight weeks and will target companies with market dominance and widespread technologies that have become industry standards. Foreign companies that have a large influence on the Korean market also will be targeted. Local small and midsize enterprises have suffered damage from patent-related abuses by large domestic and foreign companies, according to the FTC. Some firms allegedly forced patent licensees to purchase goods and technologies unrelated to the patents licensed and coerced partners not to trade with competitors. Other concerns involve unreasonably high royalties charged by large companies for the use of patents.[Lees verder]

Verizon unveils Motorola Droid 2
(Telecompaper) US mobile operator Verizon Wireless will start pre-sales of the Droid 2 mobile phone from Motorola on 11 August, with the phone in shops from 12 August. The Android 2.2 handset builds on the original Droid with a new slide-out keyboard, faster 1GHz processor, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and the ability to share the 3G connection as a hotspot and connect up to five Wi-Fi devices. Other features include a 3.7-inch touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, HDMI and DLNA connectivity, push mail, 8GB internal memory plus a card slot for up to 32GB, the Swype virtual keyboard and pre-loaded apps such as NFL Mobile, BlockBuster video-on-demand and Skype. Verizon is also offering a limited edition of the phone online in September, based on the R2D2 character from the Star Wars films and including exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the droid from the films. The Droid 2 will sell for USD 199.99 after a USD 100 rebate with a new two-year susbcription for both voice and data plans. To add the hotspot service, customers pay an extra USD 20 per month.[Lees verder]

Worldwide enterprise IT spending to grow 2.9% in 2010
(Telecompaper) Worldwide enterprise IT spending across all industry markets will grow 2.9 percent and surpass USD 2.4 trillion in this year, according to a study by Gartner. The study adds that industries are continuing to return to growth after a challenging year in 2009, when IT spending by vertical market totalled USD 2.3 trillion, a 5.9 percent decline from 2008. Utilities and the national and international government sectors will experience the strongest growth rates, with IT spending growing 4.7 and 4 percent respectively this year. Utilities industry’s total IT spending will be USD 125.6 million, communications media and services will grow at 3.6 percent with total IT spending of USD 392.5 million. This will be followed by the healthcare industry with 3.2 percent growth and IT spending of USD 88.9 million. Banking and securities will grow 2.8 percent to USD 390.5 million, retail industry by 2.7 percent to USD 146.2 million. Wholesale trade will grow 2.6 percent with USD 83.3 million in IT spending, education industry by 2.5 percent with USD 64.2 million in IT spending. Gartner recommends that technology and service providers target high-growth industry segments through 2014 with most-likely scenario for enterprise IT spending growth at 3.5 percent, as well as undertaking further analysis of large, slow-growth segments for unusual growth opportunities at the subindustry segment level. However, Gartner research director Kenneth Brant advised technology providers to exercise caution with regard to the economy and its impacts on enterprise IT markets. Furthermore, Brant urged technology providers to continue to promote IT services that deliver ‘cost optimisation’ through 2011, which he contends will be a persistent and overriding value for IT buyers even as markets return to growth.[Lees verder]

Google to launch German Streetview service in November
(Telecompaper) Google plans to offer Streetview services in Germany, starting with the 20 largest cities in the country in November. The introduction follows several months of controversy as Google’s camera cars used to take pictures for the Streetview service were found to also store data about WLANs. This controversy caused Google to stop taking pictures in Germany in the first half of this year. Now Google plans to launch the service preceded by a large online and off-line PR offensive explaining how Google makes its money and which services it offers. At the same time, house owners or renters can file a complaint against the view of their home in Streetview. They have four weeks from 9 August to file their complaint via Google.de/streetview. When their complaint is approved, Google will blur the houses, making them impossible to recognise for others. The twenty largest cities in Germany are Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Duesseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.[Lees verder]

KPN plans CDMA450 network for M2M services
(Telecompaper) Dutch operator KPN is rolling out a CDMA450 network, which it plans to use for M2M services. KPN said the CDMA450 technology offers several benefits particularly suited for M2M: high speeds and a limited number of base stations needed for national coverage and penetrating inside buildings. KPN acquired the necessary radio frequencies with the takeover of broadcast services group Nozema Services in 2005. The frequency licences carry requirements for roll-out and commercial services coverage. The licence is also limited to so-called PAMR services, or services for closed-user groups rather than open networks. A spokesman said KPN will meet these requirements. The coverage requirement will be measured again at the end of the year, when the services are expected to be available in all provinces.[Lees verder]

Australian opposition unveils broadband policy
(Telecompaper) Australia’s Liberal Party has unveiled its broadband policy to replace Labor’s National Broadband Network plan. If the Liberals win the upcoming election, they will cancel Labor’s National Broadband Network plan to be replaced by their own plan. By 2016 Australia will achieve a national broadband baseline, under which 97 percent of premises are able to be served by high-speed networks capable of delivering from 100 Mbps down to a minimum of 12 Mbps peak speed, using a combination of technologies including HFC, DSL, and fixed wireless, according to the Liberals’ policy. There will also be improved satellite delivered broadband services for the last 3 percent. Central to the plan is a AUD 2.75 billion investment (with the expectation of leveraging at least AUD 750 million in additional private sector funding) to create a nation-wide competitive fibre optic ‘backbone’ by 2017. This will ensure two lanes of ‘backhaul’ fibre each accessible to any telecommunications company to provide multi-technology broadband. In addition the Liberals will legislate to allow the ACCC to set access pricing to support broadband competition.[Lees verder]

Dell launches Android Streak tablet
(Telecompaper) Computer maker Dell unveiled a new tablet PC called the Streak, running the Android OS. The device features a 5-inch screen, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot, 5 megapixel camera and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile 3G connectivity. The tablet sells for USD 299.99 with a two-year service contract from AT&T or USD 599 without a contract. The Streak goes on pre-sale 12 August and will be in stores on 13 August.[Lees verder]

Korea’s FTC investigates handset, computer makers
(Telecompaper) South Korea’s anti-trust body has launched an investigation into possible patent licensing abuses by some 40 domestic and 19 overseas computer and handset makers. The FTC did not name the companies under investigation but said the probe covers companies supplying semiconductors, computers, and mobile communications products, the JoongAng Daily writes citing Kim Jun-beom, director of the FTC’s market supervision team. The investigation is expected to take six to eight weeks and will target companies with market dominance and widespread technologies that have become industry standards. Foreign companies that have a large influence on the Korean market also will be targeted. Local small and midsize enterprises have suffered damage from patent-related abuses by large domestic and foreign companies, according to the FTC. Some firms allegedly forced patent licensees to purchase goods and technologies unrelated to the patents licensed and coerced partners not to trade with competitors. Other concerns involve unreasonably high royalties charged by large companies for the use of patents.[Lees verder]

Verizon unveils Motorola Droid 2
(Telecompaper) US mobile operator Verizon Wireless will start pre-sales of the Droid 2 mobile phone from Motorola on 11 August, with the phone in shops from 12 August. The Android 2.2 handset builds on the original Droid with a new slide-out keyboard, faster 1GHz processor, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and the ability to share the 3G connection as a hotspot and connect up to five Wi-Fi devices. Other features include a 3.7-inch touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, HDMI and DLNA connectivity, push mail, 8GB internal memory plus a card slot for up to 32GB, the Swype virtual keyboard and pre-loaded apps such as NFL Mobile, BlockBuster video-on-demand and Skype. Verizon is also offering a limited edition of the phone online in September, based on the R2D2 character from the Star Wars films and including exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the droid from the films. The Droid 2 will sell for USD 199.99 after a USD 100 rebate with a new two-year susbcription for both voice and data plans. To add the hotspot service, customers pay an extra USD 20 per month.[Lees verder]

Worldwide enterprise IT spending to grow 2.9% in 2010
(Telecompaper) Worldwide enterprise IT spending across all industry markets will grow 2.9 percent and surpass USD 2.4 trillion in this year, according to a study by Gartner. The study adds that industries are continuing to return to growth after a challenging year in 2009, when IT spending by vertical market totalled USD 2.3 trillion, a 5.9 percent decline from 2008. Utilities and the national and international government sectors will experience the strongest growth rates, with IT spending growing 4.7 and 4 percent respectively this year. Utilities industry’s total IT spending will be USD 125.6 million, communications media and services will grow at 3.6 percent with total IT spending of USD 392.5 million. This will be followed by the healthcare industry with 3.2 percent growth and IT spending of USD 88.9 million. Banking and securities will grow 2.8 percent to USD 390.5 million, retail industry by 2.7 percent to USD 146.2 million. Wholesale trade will grow 2.6 percent with USD 83.3 million in IT spending, education industry by 2.5 percent with USD 64.2 million in IT spending. Gartner recommends that technology and service providers target high-growth industry segments through 2014 with most-likely scenario for enterprise IT spending growth at 3.5 percent, as well as undertaking further analysis of large, slow-growth segments for unusual growth opportunities at the subindustry segment level. However, Gartner research director Kenneth Brant advised technology providers to exercise caution with regard to the economy and its impacts on enterprise IT markets. Furthermore, Brant urged technology providers to continue to promote IT services that deliver ‘cost optimisation’ through 2011, which he contends will be a persistent and overriding value for IT buyers even as markets return to growth.[Lees verder]

Google to launch German Streetview service in November
(Telecompaper) Google plans to offer Streetview services in Germany, starting with the 20 largest cities in the country in November. The introduction follows several months of controversy as Google’s camera cars used to take pictures for the Streetview service were found to also store data about WLANs. This controversy caused Google to stop taking pictures in Germany in the first half of this year. Now Google plans to launch the service preceded by a large online and off-line PR offensive explaining how Google makes its money and which services it offers. At the same time, house owners or renters can file a complaint against the view of their home in Streetview. They have four weeks from 9 August to file their complaint via Google.de/streetview. When their complaint is approved, Google will blur the houses, making them impossible to recognise for others. The twenty largest cities in Germany are Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Duesseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.[Lees verder]

KPN plans CDMA450 network for M2M services
(Telecompaper) Dutch operator KPN is rolling out a CDMA450 network, which it plans to use for M2M services. KPN said the CDMA450 technology offers several benefits particularly suited for M2M: high speeds and a limited number of base stations needed for national coverage and penetrating inside buildings. KPN acquired the necessary radio frequencies with the takeover of broadcast services group Nozema Services in 2005. The frequency licences carry requirements for roll-out and commercial services coverage. The licence is also limited to so-called PAMR services, or services for closed-user groups rather than open networks. A spokesman said KPN will meet these requirements. The coverage requirement will be measured again at the end of the year, when the services are expected to be available in all provinces.[Lees verder]

Australian opposition unveils broadband policy
(Telecompaper) Australia’s Liberal Party has unveiled its broadband policy to replace Labor’s National Broadband Network plan. If the Liberals win the upcoming election, they will cancel Labor’s National Broadband Network plan to be replaced by their own plan. By 2016 Australia will achieve a national broadband baseline, under which 97 percent of premises are able to be served by high-speed networks capable of delivering from 100 Mbps down to a minimum of 12 Mbps peak speed, using a combination of technologies including HFC, DSL, and fixed wireless, according to the Liberals’ policy. There will also be improved satellite delivered broadband services for the last 3 percent. Central to the plan is a AUD 2.75 billion investment (with the expectation of leveraging at least AUD 750 million in additional private sector funding) to create a nation-wide competitive fibre optic ‘backbone’ by 2017. This will ensure two lanes of ‘backhaul’ fibre each accessible to any telecommunications company to provide multi-technology broadband. In addition the Liberals will legislate to allow the ACCC to set access pricing to support broadband competition.[Lees verder]

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