The existing bandwidth between Asia and North America is crowded. Following FCC approval of a U.S.-China link last month, Google and five other companies have announced a Japan-U.S. link to be completed in early 2010.
The $300 million fiber-optic cable will stretch approximately 10,000 km (6,214 miles) under the Pacific. "Google's partners in the consortium, dubbed Unity, comprises Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI, Pacnet, and Singapore Telecommunications," Yahoo News reported.
Internet users in East Asia are familiar with sometimes sluggish speeds on transpacific transmissions. In my experience, connections are for some reason … Read more
You've heard of the New York Stock Exchange. Now there's the New York Talk Exchange.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a new kind of map for the city of New York to show how its residents are connected to the rest of the world. MIT "Senseable City Laboratory"--or a team of researchers focused on charting technology's effects on cities--has taken real-time data from AT&T on the phone and Internet traffic to and from New York to show the communication patterns of residents with other people around the globe. (… Read more
Jeanette Symons, a luminary among women in technology and co-founder of tween social network Imbee.com, died in a plane crash with her young son on Friday.
Symons, a practiced pilot, was en route to her home in Steamboat Springs, Colo., from a ski trip in Maine when the plane she was piloting crashed several minutes after takeoff, according to an article from the San Francisco Chronicle. Symons, 45, and her son Balan, 10, died in the crash. She is survived by her 7-year-old daughter, Jennie, and her mother, father, and two brothers.
Symons is known for her work in … Read more
Intel continues to move further and further away from its communications experiments as it refocuses on the things it does best.
The company agreed to sell the telecommunications portion of its Optical Platform Division to Emcore, a chipmaker for the telecom industry, for $85 million. This includes a bunch of technology that doesn't really fit into Intel's historical strengths, such as tunable lasers for telecom products.
Google has demonstrated experimental technologies to the Federal Communications Commission in an effort to pressure the agency to open up unused wireless spectrum between TV channels for broadband Internet use.
Google, Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and EarthLink formed the White Space Coalition earlier this year to lobby the FCC and Congress to open up the empty and unused channels in the broadcast TV bands, called "white space." They believe this unlicensed spectrum could be used as a wireless broadband pipe into homes, serving as an alternative to cable and DSL.
But TV broadcasters oppose the move, arguing that unlicensed … Read more
The ubiquity of the cell phone has finally prompted AT&T to pull out of the pay-phone business, the company announced on Monday. By the end of 2008, AT&T says, it will have exited the business completely.
The nation's No. 1 wireless-network operator, AT&T says it expects independent operators to pick up service contracts on its pay phones, which, over the past 10 years, have shrunk in number to about 1 million nationwide from 2.6 million.
For some local operators, AT&T's exit could be good news because, in a few … Read more
IBM and Cisco Systems are sitting down at the table again. And this time the table is bigger.
The two technology behemoths are expanding their near-decade-old alliance, enhancing the focus on telecom carriers and their customers. As part of the expanded alliance, announced Thursday, the duo will offer a centralized service to identify, manage and reroute network traffic when trouble arises.
Cisco will combine its Network Management Platform with IBM's Tivoli Software for Service Assurance and Fault Management. That, in essence, strives to help carriers manage IP-based services and reduce implementation and maintenance costs.
Next month, Cisco plans to … Read more