Broadband Briefs for 09/14/09
• Cisco among new members of Open IPTV Forum
By Mike Robuck
Cisco, SmartLabs and Bouygues Telecom have joined the Open IPTV Forum in order to help develop open, end-to-end specifications for IPTV based on existing technologies and open standards.
"The addition of Cisco and Russian technology provider SmartLabs strengthens our representation in the important North American and Russian markets, respectively, while French operator Bouygues Telecom continues to reinforce the relevance of the Forum in one of Europe's most vibrant and competitive IPTV markets,” said Open IPTV Forum Chairman Yun Chao Hu.
• Rogers launches HSPA+ in Canada
By Monica Alleven, Wireless Week
Marking a first for North America, Canada’s Rogers Wireless announced the commercial availability of its HSPA+ network in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
Rogers says the network clocks in at maximum speeds of 21 Mbps. The company began the Canada-wide deployment of the 21 Mbps HSPA+ wireless network earlier this year, tripling the current download speeds. Rogers says the move makes its network up to seven times faster than the Canadian competition.
Along with the launch, it is offering an HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick, which customers can pre-order online starting today for $74.99.
Last week, AT&T said it will roll out HSPA 7.2 in six U.S. cities, including Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, with initial service expected by the end of the year. That upgrade allows for theoretical peak speeds of 7.2 Mbps.
• LG jumps on Android bandwagon
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
Less than a week after Motorola introduced its version of an Android smartphone, LG today said it would follow suit. The company says the LG-GW620, the OEM’s first Android handset, will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter.
The GW620 will feature a 3-inch touchscreen and slide-out Qwerty keyboard. Early pictures of the device appear to show a 3.5mm standard headphone jack. Otherwise, specs for the phone were limited.
As the latest arrival to the Android space, LG faces some stiff competition. Last week, Motorola unveiled the Motorola Cliq, an Android-based smartphone for T-Mobile USA in the United States. Europeans will get the Android-based Motorola Dext, launching in the near future with Orange in the United Kingdom and France, Telefonica in Spain and America Movil in Latin America.