Archive for the ‘Connectivity’ Category

WiMAX continues to gain worldwide momentum

June 13, 2009

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WiMAX deployments cover more than 430 million point of presences (POP) worldwide, and are forecast to reach 800 million POPs by the end of 2010, according to WiMAX Forum’s research.

According to data from the WiMAX Forum, there were 468 WiMAX deployments in 139 countries as of March 2009. A year earlier, the number was almost half: only 260 deployments in 110 countries. The WiMAX Forum had certified a total of 82 products by the end of 2008, and expects to certify 180 new products in 2009.

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Japan: Fujitsu develops Mobile WiMAX module for USB dongle

June 13, 2009

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Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd has developed a Mobile WiMAX module that can be used to downsize “USB dongle-type” communication devices.

It includes Fujitsu Microelectronics’ baseband processing LSI chip and RF circuit module. With this module, it is possible to realize USB dongles smaller than existing ones. The release date has not been determined yet.

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Japan: NEC exhibits compact WiFi router for Mobile WiMAX

June 13, 2009

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NEC Access Technica Ltd has developed a compact router featuring Mobile WiMAX and wirelss LAN capabilities and exhibited it at Interop Tokyo 2009, an exhibition taking place in Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The router can create a wireless LAN network anywhere in the area of Mobile WiMAX. Equipped with a Li-ion secondary battery, it can be used outdoors too.

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Apple buying stake in TomTom – unlikely?

June 12, 2009

Apple has about $20 billion in cash, that Investors seem to think it will spend on TomTom. In terms of strategic advantage, it’s not clear what buying TomTom would bring to the table for Apple.

TomTom may certainly be interested in moving into the mobile-phone space but there is no obvious reason to believe Apple would want to make a move into the navigation space. If anything, the technology sector’s view of navigation has been severely chastened after the wild sums of money spent by TomTom and Nokia on buying digital map companies; demand has not grown enough to justify the premiums paid.

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Some Taiwan WiMAX licensees looking to switch to LTE

June 12, 2009

Some WiMAX licensees in Taiwan are considering bypassing WiMAX technology and instead switching directly to Long Term Evolution (LTE), according to sources within the WiMAX segment.

However, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) stated that it will have to consult with other government agencies before allowing WiMAX licensees to migrate to LTE because some licensees have received government subsidies to set up their WiMAX networks.

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