SOPA under fire from all sides

Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most visited website, has today replaced its English language pages with a holding page in protest against controversial anti piracy legislation currently making its way through the US Congress.

For 24 hours, Wickipedia’s global English-language pages have been replaced by a landing page explaining the issues surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). If passed, the legislation could “fatally damage the free...

By Matt Henkes, 18 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Government, Industry, Licensing, N America.

How Pay-TV Advertising will Shift to New Formats

Increasing consumer adoption of new video entertainment formats -- including video-on-demand (VOD) and viewing on media tablets and smartphones -- will cause up to $22 billion (30 percent) of the U.S. pay-TV advertising market to shift to new formats by 2016. Western Europe will see similar shifts in advertising revenue, while the rest of world will lag in its transition of advertising to these new formats. Regardless, the eventual realignment of all marketer's advertising budgets will have a dramatic impact on the legacy ecosystem. "A shift is already underway in the television advertising marketplace from linear ads inserted by a...

By David H. Deans, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Huawei grabs 2012 by the horns

In the latest effort to spur growth in the sluggish equipment market, Huawei has unveiled what it claims is the slimmest smartphone at CES 2012 this week. Ascend P1 S features 6.68mm in depth and 4.3-in capacitive screen.

The smartphone runs 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and new Android 4.0. Huawei plans to sell Ascend in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific in April at an estimated retail price of $400 (possibly lower for operator subsidies or service plans). The company hopes the new lineup will amp up smartphone...

By Dr Lin Sun, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, N America.

AT&T throws in the towel on T-Mobile merger

 

AT&T has thrown in the towel on its controversial bid to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom (DT).

Since it was announced in March, the £39bn acquisition drew fierce criticism from US consumer groups, not to mention stiff resistance from the US Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The termination of the merger incurs a hefty payout from AT&T, $3bn to DT in Q4 this year. In addition, AT&T will...

By Matt Henkes, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Operators.

British Telecom files patent lawsuit against Google services and Android

Google is facing a lawsuit against British Telecom for infringing 6 US patents that are worth billions of dollars in total.

Google Maps, Google Search, Google Music and the Android operating system are among the services that have been accused of infringing BT's patents and face being sued by the telecoms giant.

This may result in the search company having to pay royalties to BT from each handset sold and products used.

According to FOSS Patents, the lawsuit was filed on Thursday with a US District Court in Delaware, seeking damages...

By Dani Millward, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, N America.

Rapid LTE adoption will only reach 6% globally

The adoption of LTE networks will be rapid over the five years, driven largely by enterprise subscribers, but will only 6% of global subscribers by 2016, according to new research from the analyst firm Juniper Research.

Subscriber numbers will reach 428m in the next five years, with rapid uptake beginning next year, it said. Many operators are already making preparations to hit their roll out targets.

Enterprise will be the first big adopter of the new, faster mobile network technology, the report found, with...

By , 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks.

What do we really know about Huawei?

By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

It appears nothing can stop Huawei’s progress; despite an inquiry by the US Congress to investigate any possibility of Chinese government sponsored “espionage” by Huawei and ZTE.

Earlier this year, the US government blocked a bid by Huawei for a national LTE project on security concerns. It is the latest of several setbacks to...

By Dr Lin Sun, 23 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, N America.

Skype Releases (Almost) The Same Version on Windows and Mac OS X

when pigs fly

Yesterday I sat in such utter shock that I had to look out my window to see if, in fact, we were witnessing porcine aviation. My brain was having a hard time processing something I had just read online. I literally was speechless, which, if you know anything about me, is a very hard state for me to attain. :-)

What created this cognitive dissonance?

You see...

Skype just announced the simultaneous release of new versions of Skype for BOTH Windows and Mac OS X.

Even more, the two versions almost have feature parity.

Yes, indeed, you can now get the Skype 5.7 beta for Windows and the

By Dan York, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, VoiP.