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.

Copyright Office: Making a List, Checking It Twice

CO seeks comments on latest “specialty station” list

Like Santa Claus, Oskar Schindler, David Letterman and Joe McCarthy, the Copyright Office (CO) has a list. The CO’s list consists of TV stations which claim to be “specialty” stations, a desirable status for some in the copyright world (more on that below). The CO is in the process of updating its list, and

By Francisco Montero, 12 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Licensing, N America, Operators.

China's app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, China, Consumers, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Low Cost Smartphones for the World's Poorest Citizens

The next one billion people on the planet who are first-time users of the internet will likely gain access via a smartphone, not a computer. Moreover, the internet offers them the prospect of new hope and socioeconomic advancement. Why? Many of these people are poor, very poor. In most developing nations, the typical Android smartphone -- typically selling for $400 to $500 -- is way out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one operating system (OS) choice in the low-cost category, (the under-$150...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Africa, Asia, Consumers, Europe, India, LATAM, N America, Research, Smartphones, UAE.

150 Years Ago Today, the USA Got Wired!

A great article in the San Francisco Examiner today about the completion, 150 years ago today, of the transcontinental telegraph here in the United States: 150 years ago, a primitive Internet united the USA

I think "a primitive Internet" might be a bit of a stretch... but then again I'm one of those network people who think of the "Internet" as a "network of networks"... and this first interconnection was really just creating that initial network!

Nuances aside, it's an enjoyable article to read...

By Dan York, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, N America.

Apple gets the nudge on Samsung in patent wars

As Apple and Samsung continue to circle each other in the ring over a number of alleged patent infringements, the lawyers in the Californian corner may have landed a couple of jabs that could lead to victory, in this round at least.

As you have no doubt read, Apple is obstructing the release and continued sale of various Samsung products, fighting a bruising 20 cases across 10 countries on the grounds of design patent infringement on a number of features built into its iPhone and iPad devices.

A number of...

By Matt Henkes, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America.

iOS 5 Update: Steve Jobs Rolling Over Already?

I understand the title of this post may be insensitive and nothing could be further from the goal of this piece. In fact, if anything, I admire Steve Jobs so much that I feel this entry needed to be made in order to honor his memory.The question which our industry is asking today is how could Apple screw up the iOS 5 update so badly - literally a week or so after the death of Steve Jobs? I realize of course the two incidents aren't related but one has to wonder if all those devices that Steve keeps in his office wouldn't have...

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

O2 to trial mobile VoiP calling app

Telefonica’s commercial mobile operator O2 has announced that it will begin the UK trial of a new branded mobile VoiP application that will allow users to make calls and send texts via WiFi.

The app will enable users to make and receive calls using their own number to any UK mobile or landline number. Callers will be able to use it from anywhere in the world, provided they are calling a UK number.

Similar to T-Mobile’s US Bobsled service, which recently updated its service to include US and...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, N America, OTT Services, VoiP, WiFi.

Reefer Madness II: Update on "Joint" Sales Advertising

Is the pipe dream of marijuana advertising going up in smoke?

What’s up with broadcast advertising of medical marijuana? 

It’s been two years since the Department of Justice hinted that maybe, just maybe, the federal government might go easy on fiendish pushers of the evil weed, er, we mean legitimate businesspersons seeking to provide dope to patients with...

By Francisco Montero, 09 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, N America.

Net Neutrality: The Circuits are Jammed!

Verizon’s Plan C? Plan A Redux!

Judicial junkies and appellate aficionados everywhere, rejoice! The next round in the net neutrality donnybrook has started, and it’s already delivering the kind of rock ‘em/sock ‘em litigation observers could have expected. 

Leading the action is Verizon, which picked up where it left off last April . . . literally. As readers will recall, in January...

By Francisco Montero, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.

1996 Internet vs 2011 Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Building on yesterdays nostalgia of email providers, here is an infographic showing how the internet has developed since 1996.

Unfortunately my own personal web project, my site dedicated to '80's band The Rose of Avalanche was not archived by the WayBackMachine until November 1999 so I've lost my amazing website designs (!) over those first three years, but...

By James Parton, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Browsers, Industry, Infographic, N America.

Here's to "robust competition."

Us_dp One of the sad things about the state of the US telecom market is that the balance of power between business and politics is completely out of whack. A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to talk with the Mayor of Chattanooga, Ron Littlefield.

He told me that when Chattanooga started looking into deploying FTTH to power...

By Benoît FELTEN, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, N America.

Americans Viewed More Than 5.6 Billion Video Ads

ComScore released data showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in August for an average of 18 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions. August marks the first month of rankings for comScore YouTube partner reports, for a comparison of viewership across thousands of channels. The data also revealed that video music channels VEVO (60.6 million viewers) and Warner Music (30.9 million viewers) assumed the top two positions. Gaming channel Machinima ranked third with 17.7 million viewers, followed by Maker...

By David H. Deans, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, N America.