Thailand plans national broadband project

Thailand plans national broadband project
(Telecompaper) The Thai government has told the two state-owned telecommunications companies to support a national broadband project, instead of worrying about 3G licensing. The government aims to make broadband available for as little as THB 150 to 200 per month to boost uptake of broadband, the Bangkok Post reports citing ICT minister Juti Kririksh. The minister said that all parties involved in planning for 3G should now shift their focus to a single broadband network and that 3G is only part of the national broadband project. The ministry is considering combining the telecommunications networks of the three state-owned electricity firms, TOT, and CAT Telecom, and the three private mobile operators into a single broadband network. The plan would expand broadband coverage to 80 percent of the population by 2015 and to 95 percent in 2020. Monthly fees would be no more than 2 percent of average incomes, which would be around THB 150 to 200, compared with current fees of around THB 599 per month. The ICT ministry is drafting a master plan to propose to a broadband committee headed by prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva before submitting it to the cabinet for approval.[Lees verder]

HP names Apotheker as CEO, president
(Telecompaper) HP has appointed Leo Apotheker as chief executive officer and president, and a member of its board of directors. The board has also elected Ray Lane, managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as a member of the board and designated him as non-executive chairman. Both elections are effective 1 November. Prior to this, Apotheker served over twenty years at SAP. Lane has served on the board of directors of more than twenty public and private companies and joined Kleiner Perkins in 2000. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer at Oracle. Earlier, Lane also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, EDS and IBM. Apotheker will succeed Cathie Lesjak, who was named interim CEO in August. Lesjak, who has served as HP’s chief financial officer since January 2007, remains CFO and continues to serve as a member of the executive council.[Lees verder]

EC proposes new cybercrime directive
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has proposed strengthening the EU’s defences against cybercrimes with a new directive to deal with cyber crimes and a new regulation to strengthen the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa). Under the proposed directive, the perpetrators of cyber attacks and the producers of related and malicious software could be prosecuted, and would face heavier criminal sanctions. Member states would be also obliged to quickly respond to urgent requests for help in the case of cyber-attacks, rendering European justice and police cooperation in this area more effective. Strengthening and modernising Enisa should also help the EU and private stakeholders develop their capabilities and preparedness to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-security challenges, the commission said. Both proposals will be forwarded to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for adoption. The commission’s proposal on cybercrime builds on rules that have been in force since 2005, and introduces new aggravating circumstances and higher criminal sanctions. The directive also proposes the establishment of a system to record and trace cyber attacks. The new regulation for Enisa would give the agency a mandate to engage member states and private sector stakeholders in joint activities across Europe, such as cyber security exercises, public private partnerships for network resilience, economic analyses and risk assessment and awareness campaigns. Enisa would be available to provide EU countries and institutions with assistance and advice on regulatory matters. The regulation also extends the agency’s mandate for five years, from the current expiry date of March 2012, and gives it an increase in its financial and human resources and a stronger supervisory role for its management board.[Lees verder]

Intel, KT accelerate adoption of Wibro services
(Telecompaper) Intel and Korea Telecom are expanding their collaboration to accelerate the adoption of Wibro-branded services based on Wimax technology in South Korea. Intel’s global investment organisation Intel Capital also announced an investment of USD 20 million in Wibro Infra (WIC), a joint venture with KT, Samsung and KBIC. The Intel Capital investment will help WIC accelerate KT’s wireless broadband infrastructure build out. In addition to availability in the metropolitan areas of Seoul, Inchon and Suwon, KT will expand the Wibro service to five new cities of Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon and Ulsan and the expressways of Gyeongbu, Jungbu, Honam and Yeongdong. When the new service begins on 1 October, subscribers will be able to enjoy WCDMA, Wi-Fi and high-speed wireless internet. KT is also migrating its Wibro network onto the standard of 10MHz Wimax channel width that will allow interoperability and roaming with Wimax networks worldwide. By March 2011, KT is expected to provide nation-wide Wimax coverage with its Wibro service covering 82 cities in Korea, serving 85 percent of the Korean population. KT and Intel also have worked with major PC manufacturers to launch the first Intel Core and Intel Atom processor-based laptops and netbooks in Korea featuring Intel embedded Wimax products, based on the Intel Centrino Advanced-N + Wimax 6250 network adapter. Starting 1 October, Korean customers will be able to purchase Intel-based laptops and netbooks from Samsung, LG and Acer.[Lees verder]

Cisco to launch consumer telepresence product – report
(Telecompaper) Cisco is preparing to launch an affordable consumer telepresence product, reports All Things Digital. The product will be launched next week, according to the blog, with Comcast and Verizon as possible partners. The cost for a small unit could be as low as USD 200, but that price would be heavily subsidized. Another source said a USD 500 price point was also possible with fewer hooks. Cisco is expected to use the high-definition images on the system to promote it over rival services from Skype. The company may announced the new product at a press conference it has called for 6 October in San Francisco.[Lees verder]

Thailand plans national broadband project
(Telecompaper) The Thai government has told the two state-owned telecommunications companies to support a national broadband project, instead of worrying about 3G licensing. The government aims to make broadband available for as little as THB 150 to 200 per month to boost uptake of broadband, the Bangkok Post reports citing ICT minister Juti Kririksh. The minister said that all parties involved in planning for 3G should now shift their focus to a single broadband network and that 3G is only part of the national broadband project. The ministry is considering combining the telecommunications networks of the three state-owned electricity firms, TOT, and CAT Telecom, and the three private mobile operators into a single broadband network. The plan would expand broadband coverage to 80 percent of the population by 2015 and to 95 percent in 2020. Monthly fees would be no more than 2 percent of average incomes, which would be around THB 150 to 200, compared with current fees of around THB 599 per month. The ICT ministry is drafting a master plan to propose to a broadband committee headed by prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva before submitting it to the cabinet for approval.[Lees verder]

HP names Apotheker as CEO, president
(Telecompaper) HP has appointed Leo Apotheker as chief executive officer and president, and a member of its board of directors. The board has also elected Ray Lane, managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as a member of the board and designated him as non-executive chairman. Both elections are effective 1 November. Prior to this, Apotheker served over twenty years at SAP. Lane has served on the board of directors of more than twenty public and private companies and joined Kleiner Perkins in 2000. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer at Oracle. Earlier, Lane also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, EDS and IBM. Apotheker will succeed Cathie Lesjak, who was named interim CEO in August. Lesjak, who has served as HP’s chief financial officer since January 2007, remains CFO and continues to serve as a member of the executive council.[Lees verder]

EC proposes new cybercrime directive
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has proposed strengthening the EU’s defences against cybercrimes with a new directive to deal with cyber crimes and a new regulation to strengthen the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa). Under the proposed directive, the perpetrators of cyber attacks and the producers of related and malicious software could be prosecuted, and would face heavier criminal sanctions. Member states would be also obliged to quickly respond to urgent requests for help in the case of cyber-attacks, rendering European justice and police cooperation in this area more effective. Strengthening and modernising Enisa should also help the EU and private stakeholders develop their capabilities and preparedness to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-security challenges, the commission said. Both proposals will be forwarded to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for adoption. The commission’s proposal on cybercrime builds on rules that have been in force since 2005, and introduces new aggravating circumstances and higher criminal sanctions. The directive also proposes the establishment of a system to record and trace cyber attacks. The new regulation for Enisa would give the agency a mandate to engage member states and private sector stakeholders in joint activities across Europe, such as cyber security exercises, public private partnerships for network resilience, economic analyses and risk assessment and awareness campaigns. Enisa would be available to provide EU countries and institutions with assistance and advice on regulatory matters. The regulation also extends the agency’s mandate for five years, from the current expiry date of March 2012, and gives it an increase in its financial and human resources and a stronger supervisory role for its management board.[Lees verder]

Intel, KT accelerate adoption of Wibro services
(Telecompaper) Intel and Korea Telecom are expanding their collaboration to accelerate the adoption of Wibro-branded services based on Wimax technology in South Korea. Intel’s global investment organisation Intel Capital also announced an investment of USD 20 million in Wibro Infra (WIC), a joint venture with KT, Samsung and KBIC. The Intel Capital investment will help WIC accelerate KT’s wireless broadband infrastructure build out. In addition to availability in the metropolitan areas of Seoul, Inchon and Suwon, KT will expand the Wibro service to five new cities of Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon and Ulsan and the expressways of Gyeongbu, Jungbu, Honam and Yeongdong. When the new service begins on 1 October, subscribers will be able to enjoy WCDMA, Wi-Fi and high-speed wireless internet. KT is also migrating its Wibro network onto the standard of 10MHz Wimax channel width that will allow interoperability and roaming with Wimax networks worldwide. By March 2011, KT is expected to provide nation-wide Wimax coverage with its Wibro service covering 82 cities in Korea, serving 85 percent of the Korean population. KT and Intel also have worked with major PC manufacturers to launch the first Intel Core and Intel Atom processor-based laptops and netbooks in Korea featuring Intel embedded Wimax products, based on the Intel Centrino Advanced-N + Wimax 6250 network adapter. Starting 1 October, Korean customers will be able to purchase Intel-based laptops and netbooks from Samsung, LG and Acer.[Lees verder]

Cisco to launch consumer telepresence product – report
(Telecompaper) Cisco is preparing to launch an affordable consumer telepresence product, reports All Things Digital. The product will be launched next week, according to the blog, with Comcast and Verizon as possible partners. The cost for a small unit could be as low as USD 200, but that price would be heavily subsidized. Another source said a USD 500 price point was also possible with fewer hooks. Cisco is expected to use the high-definition images on the system to promote it over rival services from Skype. The company may announced the new product at a press conference it has called for 6 October in San Francisco.[Lees verder]

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