Lack of collaboration leaves IT open to hackers

Pressure to improve business productivity and a lack of collaboration with different business divisions is leaving also enterprise IT departments open to increased security risks, according to a new report.

The annual ‘State of Endpoint’ study, carried out by the Poneman Institute for endpoint management and security specialist Lumension, found that the number of companies that felt their IT networks were not more secure than a year ago has increased over the past two years to just under two...

By Matt Henkes, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Research, Security, Smartphones.

Do Apple and Google Need to be Carriers?

Some might argue Apple is so dominant in-part because they are control freaks. Supply chain, software, hardware, OS, CPU, you name it. Ditto for Google - with proprietary cloud-based systems which are hyper-efficient and scalable, their operating system is the one you want to emulate. In fact, you could argue much of the move to the cloud is an effort to emulate the way Google does business.And this brings us to control of the wireless experience. As good as the iPhone is, it was

By Rich Tehrani, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Beijing Correspondent - Special Report - LTE for China

Specia Report By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

At ITU Telecom World show in late October, China Mobile unveiled a multi-band smartphone. The ZTE phone is powered by an MTK chipset and runs on Android OS. It is designed for TD-SCDMA and GSM networks for voice and TD-LTE for high-speed data service.

China Mobile is keeping quiet on the launch of TD-LTE service and the cost of LTE phones, but I’d suspect it is at least 10 months...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Europe’s largest operator posts first loss in 9 years

Europe’s largest operator, Telefonica, has posted its first quarterly loss in nine years, amid what it described as a ‘challenging’ market environment.

The group’s profit plummeted by 69% to 2.73bn Euros, with a 5.4% increase in revenue largely wiped out by a one off restructuring charge of 2.7bn Euros.

The firm reported a loss of 429m Euros in the third quarter, compared to a net profit of 5.06bn Euros during the same period in 2010, though last year’s results were bolstered by...

By Matt Henkes, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, LATAM, Operators.

LTE: Backhaul Considerations

Owing to the high peak and average speedsof LTE, high-speed backhaul links are essential to ensure that the capabilitiesof the LTE air interface can be fully utilized. A three sector eNode-B with a channelbandwidth of 20MHz in each sector can easily achieve peak datarates that arethree times 100 Mbit/s, that is, 300 Mbit/s in total.

As eNode-Bs are usuallycolocated with UMTS and GSM base stations, the required combined backhaulbandwidth could hence be even...

By Alex Wanda, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks.

Smartphone Users Interact with Brands via Social Networks

comScore released results of a study on mobile social media usage which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their smartphone in August 2011 -- an increase of 37 percent in the past year. Their latest market study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or related event while on their mobile device. “Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark Donovan,...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Demand for Media Tablets Disrupts the PC Market

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments increased by 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11) compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). The results are up slightly from the 2.7 percenet growth experienced in 2Q11, and just below IDC's August projections for 4.5 percent growth in the quarter. The Americas and EMEA were slightly below expectations while the Asia-Pacific markets were slightly ahead. The market continues to struggle as consumer discretionary income is diverted to other areas and business...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Smartphones.