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June 19, 2012
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 Mobile Cloud Suite, a rich communication experience.
Mavenir's MCS is a core network solution and white label mobile app for operators to launch rich communication services and compete against OTT players. The solution allows operators to respond to the OTT threat against core voice and messaging revenue. It leverages operators' assets by providing a seamless experience based on a single phone number. More.

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  • Sprint triples size of 2G coverage for Direct Connect users
    Sprint Nextel has taken another step toward retiring its iDEN network, a legacy from its acquisition of Nextel. The carrier has broadened coverage of its CDMA-powered Direct Connect push-to-talk service to reach all of its 2G footprint. However, the broader coverage will mean a slight delay for walkie-talkie users connecting to the network. Sprint also has unveiled new capabilities for its Biz 360 tools for small businesses, including a credit card reader and hands-free technology that allows drivers to safely use mobile devices. GigaOm/Mobilize (6/18), Channel Partners (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dominant among smartphones, Apple and Google reach for more
    After capturing 80% of the global smartphone market, Apple and Google have embarked on strategies to expand their reach even further, according to this piece, which notes that plenty of upside remains in the arena. Smartphones are expected to account for 75% of worldwide cellphone sales within five years, compared with 35% this year. The Wall Street Journal (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health-app demands push capitalists to invest in app-makers
    Venture capitalists are starting to invest in companies that make tablet and smartphone applications for hospitals and physicians. The demand for platforms that let physicians and nurses view test results instantly and oversee vital signs remotely is driving investors' interest in health IT, said David Jahns, Galen Partners' managing partner. Bloomberg (6/18)
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  • ST uses NFC chips for smart-grid payments in China
    Near-field communications chips from STMicroelectronics are being deployed in the municipal power grid of ChongQing, China, to enable payment of electrical bills via mobile phones. The chipmaker worked with the Wasion Group to set up the NFC-enabled payment system for the grid's smart meters. (Scotland) (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • At AT&T's lab, no fear of failure for developers
    AT&T's flourishing application foundry has succeeded in bringing innovation back to the multibillion-dollar telecom giant, according to this report on the Palo Alto, Calif., facility. "We take on problems that [AT&T] inherently wasn't going to address well because of our size," said John Donovan, the telecom's executive vice president in charge of technology. Analysts say the carrier encourages developers and engineers to experiment freely without fear of failure. CNET (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers to gain ability to track shoppers via Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi network providers have developed ways to allow retail outlets and marketers to keep tabs on nearby shoppers and analyze their traffic patterns by providing users of wireless devices with free Wi-Fi service at malls and other shopping areas. "Knowing someone is within 500 feet of your business can be very compelling," said Jeff Thompson, the head of urban Wi-Fi network operator Towerstream. The Wall Street Journal (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Location-based mobile ads are coming soon, Facebook says
    Facebook says it's developing a location-based mobile advertising platform for companies that will let them target users in real time. Analysts are upbeat about the product, which has been tested over the past couple of months but has no firm launch date yet. "The holy grail of advertising is finding people when they are at their closest point to making a purchase," said analyst Colin Sebastian, adding that "the potential is enormous." Bloomberg (6/18), MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CTIA 2012: "Changing the Way We Interact in Our World" panel
    Wireless is transforming communication and civic engagement by changing the way we connect with one another, participate in politics and gather information. At the "Changing the Way We Interact in Our World: Politics, Commerce, Civic Engagement and Social Interaction" panel at International CTIA WIRELESS® 2012, panelists discussed how wireless is affecting commerce, social media, civic participation and political campaigns. See clips from the panel at the CTIA Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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