Verizon Communications is officially rolling out its Verizon Wholesale Mobility Solutions suite, which features voice and broadband services, to its wireline reseller community. "The demand for bundled wireline and wireless services continues to grow across every segment of the communications marketplace," said VPS President Michael Millegan.
Sony Corp. will be working with 14 other consumer-electronics companies -- including Canon, Kodak, Panasonic and Toshiba -- to advance TransferJet, the set of ultrawideband, short-range technologies that can transmit up to 560 Mbps. The consortium is trying to develop a standard spec for the technology, which Sony said could find its way into CE devices by 2009.
Sprint Nextel, a backer of WiMAX technology, has withdrawn from the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance because of the group's support for Long Term Evolution as the fourth-generation wireless standard, Sprint said. "Sprint was disappointed that NGMN shifted from its original technology-neutral stance," said Sprint spokesman John Polivka. "We respectfully withdrew our membership from the organization due to the change in direction." NGMN counts 18 cell phone operators worldwide as members, some of whom have committed to using LTE.
AT&T will offer mobile access to NBC's Summer Olympics coverage through its obtaining exclusive rights from NBC Universal to a live around-the-clock broadcast TV channel on its MediaFlo service dubbed NBC Olympics 2Go. Verizon Wireless has also gained access to the Olympics on its video and broadband platforms as well.
One of the hottest areas of growth in the entertainment industry in 2008 will be high-definition programming, according to this article, and many cable and telecom firms will be rolling out a variety of HD offerings this year.