Monday, October 20, 2014

Philips Mobile launches first-of-its kind feature phone for senior citizens

INDIA: Philips mobile announced the launch of Philips Xenium X2566, the first-of-its-kind feature phone exclusively designed for senior citizens.

With features such as large font size, long lasting battery life and SOS function, priced at an affordable price range, the device has features that makes technology accessible to the elderly.

Senior citizens are often inconvenienced by the standard phones available in the market due to their small font size, short battery life and fragility.

According to Pew Research Internet Group, elderly citizens face several difficulties while adopting new technologies. Two in five elderly citizens indicated that they have a "physical or health condition that makes reading difficult or challenging" or a "disability, handicap, or chronic disease that prevents them from fully participating in many common daily activities".

Sun Sea and Optical Communications, ECOC exhibition brings out industry best

LONDON, ENGLAND: Nexus Business Media Ltd (NBM),organiser of the ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) 2014 exhibition, has announced that this year’s show, held at the end of September bought over 5,500 industry professionals and over 300 exhibitors to Cannes.

The show at the Palais Des Festival in Cannes last month attracted professionals from across the globe to view the latest optical communication solutions from more than 300 exhibitors and to hear the ever successful Market Focus presentations from a host of industry-leading executives.

JDSU, Inphi, FTTH Council Europe and Oclaro pulled large crowds with a diverse range of topics and discussion-evoking points covering access and mobile network, photonics integration, high speed optical networks and data centres. Visitors heard from Daryl Innis of Ovum who gave an insightful presentation on 100g for metro networks and covering the latest in optical transmission, this year was Daryl’s third consecutive year of presenting in the sessions, he commented

“Market Focus is important because it is an opportunity to take the technology that has been developed in the market and show how it is impacting the real world as well as creating business opportunities”. The Market Focus seminars were once again a central attraction at the exhibition and this year saw an impressive 27 presentations from 29 leading industry speakers.

This year’s show played host to some great announcements from a diverse set of industry experts, giving visitors and insight into the future of the optical communications market. Visitors were also witness to a multitude of magnificent stands that created an immense buzz on the show floor. INNO Instrument, HJ3.W Inc and Keysight Technologies are just some of the exhibitors who bought in large crowds with their sleek and uniquely designed booths.

IDT Global and Elara bring voice and data connectivity to rural villages in Mexico

LONDON, ENGLAND: IDT Global, a leading supplier of wholesale voice and payment services to telecommunications providers around the world, and Elara Comunicaciones, a leading provider of telecommunication and technology services in Mexico, are launching an international calling app for customers in rural and remote villages in south-eastern Mexico. The app will make international phone calls simpler and less expensive.

Elara Comunicaciones is implementing IDT's VoiceLine app across its Wi-Fi network enabling international calling via the app on mobile devices. Elara's large scale satellite network, implemented through a government project in south-east Mexico, provides over 3000 towns with voice and data services. The network brings voice and data connectivity to citizens, schools, hospitals, and some other government institutions, in the region for the first time.

Maurice Soreque, Commercial director, Elara Comunicaciones said: "We are thrilled to further broaden our services in rural areas of Mexico. This new service is another fantastic step forward in the development of connectivity in the region. It will enable our customers to connect to friends, family and businesses across the globe cheaply and easily. With IDT, the app launch was seamless, quick and easy. IDT's partner approach enabled us to adapt its VoiceLine app to our own business needs. We are delighted to be working with IDT to bring better connectivity to the region."

IDT's white label VoiceLine application enables businesses to create new forms of revenue streams and gain new subscribers. The application comes with both unlimited and pay-as-you-go calling plans and works over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks, allowing customers to use their existing phone number and contacts. It also includes voicemail services and class 5 telephony features.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Huawei facilitates telecom network transformation in cloud era

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY: Huawei showcased its software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Germany.

At the event, Huawei discussed how industry partners can best utilize these technologies to further the development of the telecom industry, with specific focus on how its SoftCOM strategy will continue to help address this industry trend.

"Huawei's SoftCOM will unleash the full potential of SDN and NFV, building an open and flexible network infrastructure for the ICT industry. We hope to work with all industry participants to create a future-oriented open network ecosystem in the cloud ICT era," said Ken Wang (Shengqing), president of Global Marketing and Solutions, Huawei.

As ICT technologies become increasingly cloud-based, telecom carriers are faced with the pressure of increased development costs and sluggish revenue growth. In this new era of ICT, carriers must now focus on evolving their businesses to address these challenges and regain competency.
Based on the concepts of cloud computing, SDN, and NFV, Huawei developed the future-oriented telecom network architecture strategy, SoftCOM, which aims to help reconstruct the telecom industry from the perspectives of network architecture, network functions, as well as service and Observation and Measurements (O&M) models.

The SoftCOM strategy enables telecom carriers to realize comprehensive network evolution and business transformation, thus creating and seizing new value opportunities through ICT integration. This approach will further help with establishing and advancing an open, interconnected, and innovative ecosystem, to increase and better leverage the aggraded industry value.

Enterprise mobility management revenue expected to hit $9.6 billion by 2018

NEW YORK, USA: 451 Research, a pre-eminent information technology research and advisory company with a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, expects the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market to grow from $3.8 billion in revenue in 2014 to $9.6 billion in 2018.

EMM, defined as a set of tools that include mobile device management, mobile application management, mobile email container applications, mobile application platforms, mobile back-end as a service (MBaaS) and mobile virtualization, can be used solo, in parallel or in a tiered fashion across a mobile environment.

451 Research sees these as important toolsets adopted by the enterprise, and as critical enablers of future mobile computing. As enterprises increasingly adopt EMM, we believe this will lead to a market CAGR of 22 percent from 2013 to 2018.

"EMM is moving from tools that control mobility, to instrumental elements that enable productivity for a growing number of mobile-enabled employees," said Chris Hazelton, Research director for 451 Research’s Enterprise Mobility channel.

"Mobile apps in the enterprise are growing in importance and are the key to driving business transformation, and EMM will play a key role in putting these apps in the hands of users. As companies move from a reactive to a mobile-first strategy, EMM technologies will be the foundation for any deployment.”

Truecaller partners exclusively with Microsoft to launch live caller ID for Windows Phone

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Truecaller, an app that helps people take the right call, today announced its collaboration with Microsoft to exclusively offer Live Caller ID Lookup feature on Lumia devices.

With Live Caller ID feature, users can now identify unknown numbers during incoming calls, even if the user has not stored that phone number in their phonebook.

The new Lumia smartphone users will have access to all the features of Truecaller in addition to the latest Live Caller ID Lookup feature. Truecaller version 4.2 is the latest update on the app which provides the Live Caller ID and will only be available for Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Cyan and above.

The Caller ID feature will be available in the Windows Phone Store for all Lumia devices with 8.1 Cyan update or later, starting Thursday, October 16th 2014.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Linksys launches high performance 4X4 wireless AC router for families and gamers

RUSHDEN, UK: Linksys announced its first 4x4 wireless AC router aimed at households with multiple internet users as well as single users who use the Internet for high bandwidth applications such as gaming or video streaming.

The new Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350) is equipped with 4 external antennae and provides wireless network speeds up to 2.4 Gbps. The new powerhouse provides the best technical specifications available today and is therefore ideal for consumers that require increased wireless performance and range at home.

"Linksys is all about quality and performance. Our aim is to provide a solution that will help provide better wireless performance, whether that be for families with several devices connected to the internet or for single users such as gamers who need to achieve high performance levels on one device." said Mike Chen, VP, product management, Linksys.

"We have been working closely with our vendors to design and engineer this router so they have advantages to outperform and provide the value consumers are looking for in high end routers."

The Linksys AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi router offers the fastest Wi-Fi technology for a seamless entertainment experience. This 4x4 AC router is the latest in Wireless-AC, delivering four simultaneous, independent data streams to devices on the network for speeds of up to 2.4 Gbps.

The AC2400 helps provide the best overall performance to single devices that require high band for tasks such as video streaming or online gaming. The AC2400 features a 1.4 GHz CPU, four Gigabit ports, and an eSATA port with data transfer speeds of up to 3 Gbps.