Broadband Briefs for 1/5/10
• Ipitek improves cell backhaul system
By Brian Santo
Ipitek said it introduced a number of new features specifically tuned for wireless backhaul for its Carrier Ethernet Services Platform (MSP-CES).
These new features include both synch-E and a 10G switch module.
Ipitek also announced the introduction of a new multi-port Digital Signal-3 (DS-3) module that complements its existing Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) module portfolio of DS-1 and channelized Optical Carrier-3 (OC-3). This new feature provides customers an application-aligned solution to provide their customers with capabilities that exactly match their requirements.
• Opera Software, GooMe Interactive team up on OTT
By Mike Robuck
Opera Software, a browser company, and GooMe Interactive, an over-the-top (OTT) media solutions provider, today announced a strategic technology partnership to deliver modular, Web-based solutions for experiencing TV, Web and home media – via IPTV and/or hybrid IP/broadcast delivery – for the set-top box and digital TV industries.
The partnership will combine Opera’s Devices SDK with GooMe’s OTT media platform for an interactive user experience that uses one remote control device. The platform was designed to give operators, broadcasters and TV/set-top box OEMs access to a range of Internet and media services, from traditional TV to home media streaming and on-demand services such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
“Opera and GooMe share a vision of how to bring the Web, added-value media content and Internet services to TV screens,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. “We both place high priority on adhering to open standards, while at the same time offering a premium user experience and helping our customers shorten their time to market.”
• App Store tops 3B downloads
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
It doesn’t take a genius, or a genius bar, to figure out that the App Store has proven itself virtually unsurpassable. Apple today announced that more than 3 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store.
The App Store opened on July 11, 2008, with 500 third-party applications, 125 of which were free. The store proceeded to chalk up 10 million downloads in its first week of business. On April 23, 2009, the App Store recorded its 1 billionth app download. Downloads have picked up exponentially, with about 1 billion of the store’s total of 3 billion downloads happening in the last three months.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the opportunity to proclaim the company’s supremacy in the app world: “Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months – this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod Touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”
According to Apple, more than 115,000 applications are now available for download on the App Store.