Broadband Briefs for 05/19/09
• Verizon’s HSI service hits W.Va. town
By Traci Patterson
Verizon’s high-speed Internet (DSL) service is now available to consumers and businesses in Wellsburg, W.Va.
Verizon's entry-level service offers speeds of up to 1 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream. Verizon also offers up to 3 Mbps downstream and 384 Kbps upstream.
Verizon HSI customers also receive access to a portfolio of value-added services, including 250 MB of free Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, which provides disaster-recovery support.
• Palm Pre gets launch date with Sprint
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
Sprint today announced that it will launch the much-anticipated Palm Pre on June 6. The new smartphone will debut for $199.99 with a $100 mail-in rebate and the purchase of a two-year service agreement.
The price point was about what everyone expected, said Kevin Burden, research director of Mobile Devices at ABI Research. “That’s the price I think most of us were expecting. They couldn’t go much higher. The question is how long are they going to be able to keep that $199 price point. We might see some discounting in the late fourth quarter,” he said.
While Sprint said its Everything Data plans will offer savings of up to $1,430 over two years versus comparable AT&T and Verizon Wireless plans for smartphones and PDAs, a report from UBS Investment said the comparable plans from AT&T may be a bit closer than Sprint claims. UBS said the Sprint plans start at $69.99 per month and include unlimited text messaging. Plans offered by AT&T for the iPhone and BlackBerry start at $69.99, but with limited text messaging.
• Verizon crafts packages for SMBs
By Brian Santo
Verizon Business said it has crafted new service packages combining wireline and wireless voice and data capabilities with security and network management, designed specifically for medium-size businesses.
The packages, which the company is calling BizPaks, offer variations of Verizon Private IP, an MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) service that allows customers to access their private IP network via the Verizon Wireless EVDO Rev. A 3G broadband data network.
• Ixia tests 10GBase-T network
By Brian Santo
Ixia said its IxYukon 10GBase-T solution was used to test Arista Networks’ low-latency, high-throughput, 48-port auto-negotiating 1/10GBase-T 7100T switch.
Ixia claims it is the first time that such a large-scale 10GBase-T test has been conducted.
Ixia’s IxYukon has eight ports per load module and 96 10 GbE ports per Ixia’s XM12 chassis. Each port supports full switch, router and application testing. IxYukon includes support for 10GBase-T, SFP+ and XFP, and it supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols for full coverage of all 10 GbE applications.