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CTIA's Wireless 2008 conference and exhibition touched on all things wireless, from new handset launches to the industry's ongoing technology arguments. RCR Wireless News Online Editor Mike Dano covers the biggest news of each day at the show. CTIA's John Walls explains the...

PHOTOGUIDE: The phones of CTIA 2008

LAS VEGAS -- As usual, the CTIA Wireless show stood as a launch pad for a variety of new devices coming onto the market in the coming months. First up is the Samsung Instinct, which is the handset maker's latest response to Apple's iPhone. The...

Disaster, not terrorism, top priorities for first responders

While 'interoperability' and '9/11' have become mainstays in debates on how to improve the highly fragmented public-safety communications regime in the United States, a new survey reveals first responders do not regard terrorism their top concern or consider interoperability their greatest technological need.Moreover,...

VIDEO: Top stories from CTIA Wireless 2008, Day 3: LTE in the industry, new handsets, and more

During Wednesday's keynote address, industry titans from the infrastructure side of the market debated the status of 4G in wireless. Vodafone's CEO Arun Sarin said the wireless industry should incorporate WiMAX technology into the LTE standard, so that industry players would be able to focus...

Wireless priority access turning point for intersect of commercial, public safety

It didn't take long after the 2001 terrorist attacks for the Federal Communications Commission to get energized on wireless priority access service, which during emergencies queues first responders and government officials ahead of rank-and-file cellphone subscribers. The FCC issued priority access rules in 2000,...

Qualcomm focused on the here and now

CTIA Wireless 2008 is all about phones, but Qualcomm Inc. was busy Tuesday talking about laptops, portable multimedia players and just about anything else that can be connected to the Internet.The San Diego-based chipmaker said Dell Inc. will produce laptops with Gobi, Qualcomm's dual-mode...

Wells Fargo first into corporate m-banking

A recent compendium of bank technology case studies from financial research and advisory firm Celent, asked the question, "What would it look like for a bank to do everything right with today's technology?"According to Celent, Wells Fargo was the first major U.S. financial services...

ICO to partner with Alcatel-Lucent on DVB-SH

ICO Global Communications announced it will be launching a $500 million satellite into space April 14th that will eventually provide broadcast mobile TV service nationwide using digital video broadcast-satellite handheld (DVB-SH) technology. "It is the largest commercial satellite ever lifted into space by (Atlas...

Mobile banking: Poised to cash in

She has been on your TV set for about a year now. If you grew up in the 1970s, the girl in the commercial might remind you a bit of "That Girl." You know -- the one with the girl with the new job...

Tate wants protections in place

Federal Communications Commission member Deborah Taylor Tate urged the cellphone industry to tackle emerging challenges - such as protecting children from mobile adult content and battling wireless spam - as carriers take steps to open networks to third-party devices and applications."I'm concerned about the...

700 MHz trial balloon

Telecom policymakers and special-interest groups are fond of talking about ubiquity, making sure communications -- wireless, wireline, Internet and video -- are within reach of all Americans. Indeed, there are government subsidy programs that address this very issue. Take the stressed universal service regime...

AT&T dishes on retail strategy, 3G iPhone, Android and more: Touchscreen table to wow shoppers

AT&T Mobility hopes a new 30-inch touchscreen table will lead to more customers leaving its stores educated and satisfied with the entire shopping experience -- a little fun and simplicity wouldn't hurt either. The nation's largest carrier will be installing Microsoft Corp.'s Surface at...

Doyle questions Martin on Skype

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Kevin Martin's well-received announcement here that he will push for dismissal of Skype Ltd.'s open-access petition has now prompted a reaction from an influential House lawmaker. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), vice chairman of the...

Remember voice? : Start-up tackles quality on most-used feature

Flashback to CTIA 2006: As former Nokia Corp. CEO Jorma Ollila gave his farewell address to the industry two years ago this spring, he exhorted his audience to keep working on the basics. "There's more to be done with voice," Ollila said at the...

Analyst’s crystal ball on device trends: Smart, fast, big screens and software

The brave new world of handsets includes no comfort zones (watch out, Nokia!), disruptive influences run rampant, software transcends hardware and micro-segmentation is likely. These were among the conclusions drawn by analyst Stu Carlaw at an ABI Research session that covered the industry in...

Unified 4G standard not likely soon

Yes, the mobile industry would be well-served if everyone got behind a single 4G technology. No, it's not going to happen anytime soon.Vodafone Group CEO Arun Sarin used his keynote speech to urge carriers to close ranks behind LTE, placing WiMAX within the TDD...

Day 2: Getting down to business

Anyone looking for more talk of interplanetary colonization during the Day Two keynote surely was disappointed.Wednesday's speakers eschewed Richard Branson's April Fools' Day hijinks in favor of a more traditional approach. Marco Boerries, who heads up Yahoo Inc.'s mobile efforts, used the platform to...

Mobile TV space looks for growth in 2008

Mobile television is all over the place, yet going nowhere fast all at the same time. Consumer choice for TV and video on their cellphones is pretty robust, but that's only if they know it even exists.Sure, mobile TV and video usage is growing...

The Q&A: Blake Krikorian

Blake Krikorian is CEO of Sling Media, purveyor of the SlingBox, which allows users to stream content from their home television to either a laptop or mobile device.Q: Mobile television and video services have continued to grow in scale and quality over the past...

The Q&A: Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson is the president of 3G Americas, L.L.C. In his role as the senior operating officer of the trade organization, he is responsible for strategic planning of 3G Americas and provides executive management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas...

Public safety now part of most commercial wireless conversations

A profound -- but predictably understandable -- policy shift has been evolving since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and horrific hurricanes four years later. Public safety, organically ingrained in and the higher calling component of the Communications Act, already had sacred cow status before...

The Q&A: Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is president of carrier networks at Nortel Networks Inc. The Carrier Networks group, which is Nortel's largest division, includes a large portfolio of mobility and converged solutions including CDMA, GSM, VoIP/IMS, WiMAX/4G. Q: It seems the infrastructure market has experienced some turbulence...

Video, chat to boost adult content revenues

The adult mobile content market will nearly triple over the next several years, reaching $4.6 billion by 2012, according to a recent forecast from Juniper Research. But don't expect much of that money to come from North American consumers anytime soon.Juniper predicted video chat...

Securing the mobile future: Cyber security expert outlines the challenges in protecting wireless

Is the struggle for mobile security a losing battle?"There is no such thing as absolute security," former White House Cyber Security Adviser Howard Schmidt told an audience of mobile security businesspeople and analysts at the recent Mobile and Wireless Enterprise Summit event in Indian...

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