Broadband Briefs for 09/15/09
• Future Thomson set-tops to sing Opera
By Brian Santo
Thomson plans to integrate Opera Software’s web technology in future set-top boxes. Opera will serve as one rendering component for next generation of Thomson set-tops, which will allow Web-based services to be developed for and delivered to multiple devices.
Opera will be pre-integrated on Thomson STBs for the IPTV market as well as the company’s hybrid deployments, and it will be used as one of the rendering engines on Thomson’s middleware, Opera Software said.
• Frontier using A-L PBXs for SMB market
By Brian Santo
Frontier Communications launched an integrated and managed Internet/data and local and long distance calling solution for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Frontier’s Managed PBX is built on Alcatel-Lucent's OmniPCX Office, an integrated, IP-based, modular enterprise-class telephony system.
"Frontier Managed PBX offers an end-to-end fully managed telephony solution that includes Internet access, hardware, installation, integration, maintenance and training. Alcatel-Lucent enables us to leverage our single, secure network for voice and data via a telephony solution designed for small- and medium-sized enterprises," said Melinda White, senior vice president and general manager, marketing and new business operations for Frontier.
• MetroPCS Names Ericsson, Samsung for LTE Deployment
By Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week
Discount carrier MetroPCS Communications has tapped Ericsson and Samsung for its 2010 launch of its LTE network. Ericsson will provide infrastructure equipment and Samsung will provide the carrier’s initial LTE handset.
MetroPCS plans to launch LTE and a dual-mode LTE/CDMA smartphone in its major metropolitan areas including New York City and Los Angeles by late 2010, said MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist. MetroPCS is the fifth-largest network operator in the United States and has a subscriber base of about 6.3 million people.
Winning the MetroPCS LTE contract is another North American win for Ericsson, which scored a chunk of Verizon’s LTE infrastructure buildout in February. Its winning bid for Nortel’s CDMA/LTE assets in late July furthered the strength of its North American presence.
Samsung is working to expand its LTE device offerings and announced earlier this month that it has developed an LTE modem compliant with 3GPP’s latest standards release.