DALLAS – LightSquared's ambitious plans to offer a satellite/terrestrial-based wholesale wireless network is set to get off the ground this weekend as the company's first satellite is scheduled to launch into space.
Speaking during an opening keynote session at today's LTE North America event in Dallas, LightSquared EVP Martin Harriman said the launch is the first step in the company's planned LTE-based wholesale network operations. Those operations are to include a 40,000-cell site terrestrial LTE network being deployed by Nokia Siemens Networks that will cover around 90% of the population of the United States and a satellite component that will provide for 100% coverage.
Harriman also tried to clarify the relationship between the terrestrial and satellite operations noting that the satellite component would not be using LTE technology, but instead an “analogous” standard that would allow for seamless integration with its ground-based LTE network. Harriman added that customers would not receive the same high-speed network capabilities from the satellite portion of its offering, but would instead benefit from having connectivity virtually anywhere in the country.
“Our customers will have the best experience from or terrestrial network, the second best from using one of our roaming partners' terrestrial networks and then the next best using our satellite network,” Harriman said, stressing that the satellite component would be complementary to its terrestrial offering.
Harriman added that LightSquared had collected around $2 billion in funding to this point, which was enough to get a significant portion of its terrestrial network built and that it was looking at a number of options, including debt or equity, to raise additional funds. The scheduled satellite launch will not tap into its recent funding announcements as that portion of its operations have already been paid for, Harriman explained.
11/15/2010 11:26:06 AM
DALLAS – LightSquared's ambitious plans to offer a satellite/terrestrial-based wholesale wireless network is set to get off the ground this weekend as the company's first satellite is scheduled to launch into space.
8/30/2010 3:48:26 PM
Job categories experiencing the fastest growth online are marketing, IT and creative services, and the biggest demand for specific skill sets include cloud computing, mobile marketing and online marketing. Google Inc.’s Android App Engine skill, which climbed into the top 50 skill sets in the first quarter of the year, showed a 10 times increase in demand quarter to quarter, to reach spot No. 37, to become the cloud platform highest in demand in the second quarter.
“Frustrated by the traditional on-site staffing model, businesses are embracing virtual and hybrid work structures which allow them to tap into highly skilled online teams on a flexible basis. Talented workers with hot skills such as Google App Engine development, HTML5, SEO and social media marketing are experiencing unprecedented demand for their expertise and can find steady work and growing incomes,” said Ellen Pack, VP of Marketing at Elance.
Demand for skilled Apple Inc. iPad developers increased 200% in demand, to hit the No. 16 spot on the IT skills chart. Meanwhile, the iPhone skill set is now at the No. 8 position, while Android is at No. 25 and Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry app skill set jumped to the No. 36 spot.
8/30/2010 3:45:28 PM
Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) is hiring an iPhone application developer for its new incubator lab, Qualcomm Services Labs Inc. QSL is an incubator for mobile applications, so it stands to reason the CDMA chip company would expand to popular mobile platforms like Apple Inc.’s, (AAPL) even though the iPhone today only works on GSM-based technology.
The job post is leading some websites to speculate that Apple Inc. is moving beyond UMTS technology to include the CDMA platform and that Qualcomm wants to be ready. Rumors have been swirling for months that Verizon Wireless (VZ) will get the iPhone once AT&T Mobility’s exclusive contract with Apple is over.
Qualcomm said it is looking for an iPhone developer to work on its Neer project, a geofence location-based service, which it expects to launch on several different mobile platforms. Neer is already available on the Android platform and Qualcomm said it expects it to soon be available on its own Brew MP and the App Store. QSL plans to develop mobile applications and services around communication; information and entertainment; discovery; life automation; and digital to physical experiences.
8/23/2010 2:02:44 PM
Cellular Sales, an authorized Verizon Wireless retailer, said it is expanding into Florida and Tennessee over the next four months, including opening a call center that plans to staff at least 350 employees, as part of a $6 million expansion effort.
Cellular Sales Verizon Wireless will open new stores throughout Southeast Florida in Key West, Aventura Mall, Stuart, Wellington Mall, Fort Pierce and the Lauderhill/Sunrise area. Cellular Sales already has operations in 11 locations in South Florida and more than 300 stores across the United States. Sales consultants for Cellular Sales earn an average of more than $51,000 per year, said Ann Snyder, national recruiter for Cellular Sales.
The retailer previously announced plans to hire between 200 and 250 employees to work at its national call center in Knoxville, Tenn., where the privately held company is based. The new call center expects to employ supervisors, managers and customer service representatives in full-time and part-time positions starting at $10 per hour.
“This unbelievable growth Cellular Sales is experiencing is directly related to the ultimate customer service we provide. We do things that other companies cannot or will not do,” said Jay Witherspoon of Cellular Sales. “We want every customer who purchases a wireless device in one of our 300-plus stores across the country to get a call from us within 24 hours of the time they leave our store.”
The company has grown by about 30% every year in its 17-year history, and expects to open another 50 stores by year-end. For the past two years, Inc. Magazine has named Cellular Sales one of the nation's fastest growing retailers. People interested in applying for positions at the company should call (888) 915-6624 or visit its website at www.cellularsales.com/opportunity.
8/2/2010 1:44:57 PM
Capital spending on wireless infrastructure is set to rise in 2011 as global operators build out fourth-generation networks, according to iSuppli Corp. Following two years of less spending worldwide, operators are expected to spend a collective $40.3 billion on wireless network equipment next year, up 6.7% from 2009.
In the short term, capital spending is expected to continue to decline this year to $37.8 billion, a trend that began in 2009 as carriers slowed infrastructure spends in light of the global recession and as they tried to recoup their investments on 3G and 3.5G technologies. Capital spending on infrastructure accounts for about 30% of an operator's total capital outlay, the research company said. While 2011 will be the first year to see an increase in capital spending, operators will continue to invest in their networks through 2014, spending more than $43 billion that year, iSuppli predicted.
“The upturn in 2011 signals renewed commitment within the wireless industry to move on expansion plans that had been delayed or put on hold because of the global recession,” said Dr. Jagdish Rebello, senior director and principal analyst for wireless research at iSuppli. “Starting in 2011, wireless carriers in industrialized countries will start to deploy 4G in order to attain faster speeds and to unclog the heavy data traffic generated by the exploding use of smart phones. This 4G-driven growth in capital spending will continue at least through 2014.”
WiMAX technology will remain a niche protocol, as most operators choose to deploy LTE networks, iSuppli predicted. Further, operators will begin to implement tiered data pricing in order to pay for their capital investments.
While Western Europe, Japan and the United States will push forward with 4G deployments, Latin America, China, India and the rest of the developing world will focus on expanding geographical coverage of their networks to improve wireless penetration. Some operators may choose to share networks in order to reduce their capital outlays, iSuppli said.
7/13/2010 3:21:24 PM
The telecommunications segment continues to lose jobs, declining 2,300 from May to June, and a whopping 47,100 jobs from June 2009 to June 2010. Employment in the wireless subsector was down 2,700 jobs from May 2009 to May 2010, the latest figures available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A total of 192,200 jobs exist in the wireless sector. On the wired telecom side, 39,300 jobs were lost from May 2009 to May; the sector now counts 597,600 jobs.
The number of people employed in the computer and electronic products sector stood at 1.097 million in June, down 33,800 from a year ago, but up 1,100 from May. Increased employment in the communications equipment and semiconductor subsectors were reasons for the increase in jobs. Employment in the computer and peripheral equipment subsector continues to decline, although communications equipment saw an increase of 500 more jobs year over year. Employment in the semiconductor and electronics components subsector was down 7,100 jobs year to year, to 367,100 jobs, but showed a monthly increase of 1,900 jobs. All figures are preliminary and not seasonally adjusted..
Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June, and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.5%.
6/22/2010 12:16:14 PM
Verizon Wireless said it is hiring 200 customer care and technical support representiatives at its Henrietta, N.Y., call center to handle local and nationwide customer service inquiries.
“As our customer base grows and the devices and services they use become more sophisticated, providing an outstanding customer experience becomes even more important,” said Russ Preite, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. “We've been fortunate to continue to find top-quality, highly skilled talent in the Rochester area. Today's announcement further endorses our commitment to Rochester and to maintaining superior customer service for our customers.” The center employs nearly 1,200 people, having added more than 200 positions last year.
As customer service gets increasingly technical with smartphone adoption, a number of companies are selling products and services to try to aid consumers with one phone call, instead of passing the calls up to more experienced reps. A report from InnoPath Software earlier this year said smartphone support costs four times that of feature-phone support.
Verizon Wireless said it offers competitive salaries and benefits including health, dental and vision coverage that begin on the first day of employment, a 401(k) program with a 6% company match, an annual bonus program, profit sharing, merit increases, tuition assistance, adoption assistance, an on-site health and wellness facility and more.
5/12/2010 1:52:43 PM
The unemployment rate ticked up to 8.7% in the telecommunications sector in April, following the national unemployment rate, which also rose to 9.9%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
The telecommunications sector lost 6,700 jobs from March to April, according to recent figures. A total of 934,500 jobs are categorized in that sector.
Employment in the wireless sector remained relatively flat, down 200 positions from February to March, with 195,400 positions assigned to the wireless sector, according to the Labor bureau. Its wireline sibling didn't fare as well, losing 3,900 positions in March; 607,900 jobs are in the wireline carrier segment. California, which employs most people in the telecommunications carriers segment, lost 1,200 positions to total 107,900 positions in March. Texas lost 400 jobs to total 89,900 telecommunications sector positions. Georgia's telecom sector lost 200 positions to 50,600, as did New York, which now counts 49,800 positions. Kansas lost 100 positions to total 19,800. New Jersey bucked the trend by adding 200 positions to total 37,400. All data is preliminary and likely will be adjusted during the month. Sixteen mass layoffs took place in March, the most recent month for which data is available.
Overall the computer and electronic products segment added 100 jobs from March to April to reach 1.0298 million jobs. Drilling down into that sector, the semiconductor and components sector added 1,600 jobs in April, while the communications equipment sector lost 100 positions. Computer and peripheral equipment added another 300 jobs, which was offset by 1,300 jobs lost in the electronic instruments category.
4/5/2010 12:03:33 PM
The unemployment rate in the telecommunications sector stood at 8.5% in March, better than the overall unemployment rate of 9.7%, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the figures can be misleading as the unemployment rate dropped .1 percentage point from February to March, but the sector actually lost 3,800 jobs. All of the information is preliminary and seasonally adjusted. About 943,000 people were employed in telecom in March. Twelve mass layoff events took place in the sector in February, with 893 people filing unemployment claims.
However, the more telling statistic in the telecom sector is the year-over-year comparison; 46,000 telecommunications jobs have been lost from March 2009 to March 2010. Drilling down further into the information, wireless employment actually ticked up by 200 positions from January to February, now employing 195,400 positions. Employment data by subsector is reported a month behind overall employment figures. The segment is down 1,100 jobs from one year ago. It appears wireline employment is taking the brunt of the hit in the overall telecommunications segment, however, with another 2,400 positions lost between January and February, and a year-to-year loss of 40,200 in wired telecom. The Labor Bureau counted about 612,500 positions in the sector in February. The good news in telecom is the average hourly wage increased while the hours worked dropped a bit. Employees averaged $28.70 an hour in February and worked 39.1 hours a week vs. earning $28.12 an hour in January and working 39.4 hours per week.
Looking at the employment information by states, California lost 600 telecommunications employment positions from January to February, with employment at 109,000. Telecom employment in Florida added another 200 positions to employ 58,200. In Georgia, overall telecom employment was stable momth to month at 50,800, with wireless employment making up 10,900 jobs in the state. One hundred telecom jobs were lost in Kansas from January to February, with 20,000 jobs in the sector in February, but the state does not break out wired vs. wireless employment. Telecom employment in New Jersey was flat at 37,200. In New York, 700 positions were lost from January to February, with telecom employment at 49,800. Texas added another 100 positions, accounting for 89,800 positions in February.
Employment in the computer and electronics products sector remained unchanged from February to March, with 1.09 million people employed in the segment. The unemployment rate increased to 12% in March, from 10.5% in February, however. More than 84,000 jobs in the sector have been lost in the last year. Employment trended downward by 400 jobs to 157,400 jobs in computer and peripheral equipment but increased by 600 jobs the semiconductors and electronic components sub-segment to 361,800 jobs, and another 600 employees were added in the communications equipment subsector, to 119,200 people employed. This was offset by 1,200 positions lost in the electronic instruments subsector, which employs 405,500 people. All numbers are seasonally adjusted. Eighteen mass layoff events took place in February, with 1,538 people filing initial unemployment benefit claims. Average hourly wages dropped slightly from $32.59 per hour in February to $32.04 in March, while the average number of hours worked increased from 40.1 hours to 40.3
4/2/2010 11:47:47 AM
Telecom infrastructure giant Ericsson said it has signed a $1.3 billion contract with Indian operator Bharti Airtel to expand and upgrade the carrier’s wireless network in 15 telecom circles in India.
As part of this contract, Ericsson said it will supply its portfolio of energy efficient 2G/2.5G radio base stations, circuit and packet core, microwave transmission and Intelligent Network. Ericsson noted it will also work to ensure that Bharti Airtel's core and transport network is 3G-ready in order to reduce time to market and enable the fast rollout of 3G services at a later date. The expansion covers introduction of technologies designed to provide better quality voice to end users, support more users in using one base station, enhanced data rates using Evolved EDGE technology and other new services.
Ericsson earlier this week signed contracts with China Mobile and China Unicom to expand the carrier’s 2G and 3G networks. The China Mobile deal is valued at $1 billion, while the China Unicom deal is valued at $800 million.
Under the agreement with China Mobile, Ericsson will provide a radio access network including a multi-standard radio base station and mobile soft-switching technology designed to boost the capacity of the network and evolve it into an IP network. The equipment is set to be implemented this year.
In the agreement with China Unicom, Ericsson will provide HSPA Evolution technology to support higher network speeds. Ericsson also said it will supply IP routers, fiber access technologies and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) in support of the carrier’s broadband plans.
"The signing of the significant frame agreements is a manifestation of our continued strong cooperation with our Chinese customers,” said Mats H Olsson, head of Ericsson Greater China. “We are confident that we will do an even better job in supplying the latest technology and best-in-class services in time to support Chinese operators in fulfilling the demand of this tremendous market growth.”
China Mobile is the world’s largest wireless operator and currently serves more than 522 million customers, while China Unicom is approaching 150 million customers on its network.
Domestically, Ericsson has been selected by both Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to provide the country’s No. 1 and No. 2 carriers with equipment for their respective LTE deployments. Verizon Wireless is in the midst of rolling out its network with plans to cover 100 million potential customers in up to 30 markets by the end of the year. AT&T Mobility said it plans to begin rolling out LTE services beginning in 2011.
3/9/2010 11:21:25 AM
About 3,800 fewer people were employed in February vs. January in the telecommunications sector, but because the numbers are seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate declined .2 percentage points to 8.6%, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Average hourly earnings in the sector totaled $28.12 in January, up 20 cents per hour from the previous month.
Overall, the nation's unemployment rate held steady at 9.7%, with job losses in the information and construction sectors, but more jobs added in the temporary help category. Telecommunications falls under the broader information sector.
In the computer and electronics products segment, overall the sector had 1,900 fewer people employed in February, with an estimated 1.087 million people working in the sector. Computer and peripheral equipment employees were down about 200, while employees in the communications equipment sector were up 800 employees in February. Employment in the semiconductor segment showed little change, with 100 fewer employees in February. Employment in the telecommunications sector was down 3,800 employees in February, to 949,000 people working in the industry.
Employment in the wireless subsector, which runs a month behind the larger sectors, showed a 1,800 drop in employees from December to January, with 195,200 people employed in January. Women filled 75,000 of those jobs, a drop of 1,200 since December. Employment in wired telephony also dropped, from 619,000 employees in January to 615,300 in February.
By state, California remained steady, with 31,800 people employed in November and December, the most recent figures available. Employment in Georgia also remained steady with 12,700 employees in the wireless sector. In Kansas, where telecommunications is not broken down between wireless and wireless, employment was down 200 people to 22,000 in December. In New Jersey, which also does not break out telecom employment, about 38,700 people were employed in the sector, down about 100 from November. Telecom employment in New York saw an uptick of 400 to 52,900 people employed in the sector in December. In Texas, employment ticked down 100 people to 92,600 people employed in the space.
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3/2/2010 11:53:31 AM
Intel Corp. pledged $3.5 million to help create jobs for college graduates in high-growth industry sectors, including wireless infrastructure. The company is leading a new group called The Invest in America Alliance, which aims to “further anchor the nation's competitiveness on the global stage. It serves as the private sector's complement to existing state and federal job creation programs through long-term investment in industries and talent poised to produce the next breakthroughs in technology innovation,” according to a news release announcing the venture. Seventeen corporations have joined the alliance to date, committing to increase hiring in 2010, collectively adding 10,500 jobs for college graduates. Twenty-four venture capital firms have joined the alliance as well and other companies are expected to join later.
"Strong, enduring economies grow out of a culture of investment and a commitment to innovation," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "We simply must have a clear, consistent strategy to promote innovation, investment and start-up companies. There are things business can do, and ought to do, independent of what government achieves. It would be a long-term mistake to let our future scientists and engineers sit idle after graduation. Today's announcements are both an investment in the country's innovators and a signal to the global marketplace about America's commitment to innovation and future competitiveness."
The alliance has a two-pronged approach to investing in U.S. companies. First, Intel and 24 venture capital companies are promising to commit $3.5 billion to help create jobs “in current market segments and also in newer industries such as molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics, electric vehicle ecosystem and wireless infrastructure,” Intel said.
Secondly, Intel and 16 other technology companies have committed to hiring more college graduates. While the new jobs will largely be for those with engineering and computer science backgrounds, positions available also include financial analysis, marketing, management consulting, sales and other business skills, the company said.
"Many more college graduates will now be able to put their education to work thanks to these 17 companies. We hope this is just a start and welcome companies across all industries to join this open effort," said Richard Taylor, VP and director of Human Resources for Intel. "Many college graduates have been among the hardest hit by the economic downturn and providing them a place in the economy today is the best way to ensure America's innovation and competitiveness tomorrow."
Venture capitalists taking part in the alliance are Advanced Technology Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Bridgescale Partners, Canaan Partners, DCM, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Flywheel Ventures, Good Energies, Institutional Venture Partners, Investcorp Technology Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, North Bridge Venture Partners, QuestMark Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds, Storm Ventures, Telesoft Partners, Updata Partners, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock and Walden International.
The companies that have pledged to increase their hiring in 2010 include Accenture, Adobe Systems Inc., Autodesk, Broadcom Corp., CDW LLC., Cisco, Dell, eBay, Inc., EMC Corp., GE, Google, Inc., HP, Liberty Mutual Group, Marvell Semiconductor Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo!.
2/9/2010 6:03:13 PM
Employment in the wireless carrier sector ticked up by 1,400 jobs in December, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, but average weekly earnings for wireless carrier employees dropped by $1.10 to $854.83 in December. About 4,300 jobs were lost in the wireline carrier sector, according to preliminary figures.
Overall, the nation’s unemployment rate fell slightly, from 10% unemployment in December to 9.7% unemployment in January. (Drilling down to employment by wireless and wireline carrier statistics lag a month behind statistics for the overall telecom sector.) In the telecom space, the unemployment rate stands at about 8.8%, with about 3,100 jobs lost from December to January. The unemployment rate in telecom for at the end of the year was about 8.3%. Telecom sector employment accounted for about 954,500 jobs in January, with about 619,000 people employed on the wired side and just under 200,000 employed in wireless. Of that figure, telecommunications equipment installers and repairers (excluding line installers) accounted for 134,040 jobs, while another 98,210 people were employed as line installers and repairers. More than 131,000 people were employed as customer service representatives for telecom companies. The number of hours worked was stable at 36.5 hours per week.
By state, California continued to employ the most people in the wireless carrier sector, counting 31,800 jobs, which was flat month-to-month. Employment in Washington state was also stable, at 12,800 jobs, and in Georgia, at 12,700 jobs. New Jersey, New York and Texas do not break out employment by wireless and wireline categories.
In related industry sectors, employment in the computer and electronic products category was down about 3,600 jobs to employ nearly 1.1 million people in January. Drilling down further into that sector, about 1,300 jobs were lost in the semiconductor and components category, which counts about 358,200 positions. Communications equipment employment lost another 1,000 jobs, with 118,200 positions filled in January.
12/23/2009 12:13:41 PM
Verizon Wireless said it plans to add between 150 and 200 customer service representative jobs to its call center in Mankato, Minn., during the next 12 to 15 months. The carrier also named Joseph Hall director of customer service for the Minnesota facility.
As such, Hall will direct and manage activities at the center, which employs nearly 500 people, most of them in customer service positions. Verizon has added 257 employees in the center since acquiring it in January. The center primarily serves Verizon Wrieless customers in the five-state Great Plains region, as well as handing some customer support for the entire Midwest area.
Sprint Nextel Corp., meanwhile, said it plans to add 100 jobs in its Hampton Roads, Va., call center as it tries to improve customer service. The carrier employs about 750 people at the facility, including 70 hired earlier this year.
12/2/2009 3:58:51 PM
Leaders from a number of high-tech and telecom firms as well as labor leaders are expected to meet this week at President Obama’s jobs summit in Washington, D.C. The meeting is based on the President’s Forum on Jobs and looks to generate discussions on job creation.
Industry leaders expected to attend the forum this Thursday include AT&T Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Randall Stephenson, Comcast Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt.
Speaking during a recent trip to Asia, President Obama said he called the forum in an attempt to “hear from CEOs and small business owners, economists and financial experts, as well as representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups, about what they think we can do to spur hiring and get this economy moving again.
“It is important that we do not make any ill-considered decisions – even with the best of intentions – particularly at a time when our resources are so limited. But it is just as important that we are open to any demonstrably good idea to supplement the steps we’ve already taken to put America back to work. That’s what I hope to achieve in this forum.”
The government this week is expected to release its November jobs report that market research firm Briefing.com told CNN.com would show a decline of 114,000 jobs during the month, which would be less than the 190,000 jobs lost in October. CNN.com said it expects the nation’s unemployment rate to remain steady at 10.2%.
A report earlier this month from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the telecommunications sector added roughly 300 jobs from September to October employing about 977,100 people, which was down about 3 percentage points from the 1.01 million employed during the same period of 2008. Chetan Sharma of Chetan Sharma Consulting noted in a report that the worst of the job cuts was likely over for the domestic wireless industry.
12/2/2009 3:24:38 PM
Following an intense weekend of bidding, Linthicum, Md.-based Ciena Corp. prevailed in winning bankrupt telecom equipment provider Nortel Networks Corp.'s Metro Ethernet Networks business for $769 million in total compensation. The assets include Nortel's optical networking and carrier Ethernet business and are expected to bolster Ciena's network infrastructure solutions offerings.
Ciena noted that the acquired assets generated $1.36 billion in revenues in 2008 and $556 million during the first half of this year and that it expects them to be accretive to Ciena's results beginning in 2011.
As part of the deal, Ciena said it expects to make employment offers to at least 2,000 Nortel employees to join Ciena.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said it expects to add 600 jobs in North America next year in support of its continued expansion in the region. The company, which has garnered a number of infrastructure contract wins, currently employs nearly 900 people in North America and has its region headquarters in Plano, Texas.
The news followed a busy week for job changes in the telecom sector.
The country's largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, announced plans to cut redundant jobs from the former Alltel Communications L.L.C. operations the carrier acquired earlier this year for $28.1 billion. The number of cuts was not known, but they were expected to come from Alltel's finance, marketing and legal departments.
Verizon Wireless is in the process of shedding approximately 8,000 jobs this year from its operations, with most of the cuts coming from its wireline business.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said it expects to add 600 jobs in North America next year in support of its continued expansion in the region. The company, which has garnered a number of infrastructure contract wins, currently employs nearly 900 people in North America and has its region headquarters in Plano, Texas.
The world's No. 4 handset maker Sony Ericsson announced last week that it was closing its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., that would include the loss of 425 jobs. The handset manufacturer said it would relocate operations to Atlanta, where up to 30% of employees in N.C. are expected to relocate.
Overseas, Nokia Corp. said it was cutting around 330 jobs in its research and development facilities in Oulu and Copenhagen, Finland, and 220 R&D positions in Japan. The cuts were part of an announced “streamlining” of its R&D operations. Nokia said it would attempt to find new positions for impacted employees within the company.
A report to be released today by the National Association for Business Economics is set to show that economists expect the nation's job losses to bottom out during the first quarter of 2010 with companies beginning to slowly add to their payrolls during next year.
A report earlier this month showed that unemployment in the telecom sector remained flat from September to October despite a rise in the country's overall unemployment rate to 10.2%.
9/18/2009 6:03:50 PM
Goodman Networks Inc. is a national telecommunications services company founded in 2000 that provides engineering, deployment, integration and maintenance services to wireline and wireless carriers and original equipment manufacturers.The Plano, Texas-based company this summer recently received $62 million in equity and debt financing from The Stephens Group L.L.C., which it plans to use to grow its business, including adding another couple hundred employees to its base of nearly 1,000. The company...
9/18/2009 5:50:13 PM
From RCR Wireless: Huawei to double North American staff as it secures contracts with Clearwire, Cox
September 7 2009 - 6:00 am ET | Tracy Ford | RCR Wireless NewsView OnlineFresh off network wins with Clearwire Corp., Cox Communications Inc. and Leap Wireless International Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is on its way to nearly double its staff in North America by the end of the year.The Chinese infrastructure company has had a presence in North America since 2001, and has battled initial resistance from U.S. carriers that seemed wary of the vendor. However, Huawei’s self-described...
9/18/2009 5:46:27 PM
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7/7/2009 3:43:47 PM
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6/27/2009 7:54:31 PM
Many thanks to all to joined us on Wednesday for the first in a series of local events. We had over 40 speakers and 20 workshops for the event. We are looking forward to the next stop and welcome speakers, sponsors and exhibitors to contact us directly at email@example.com if they are interested in participating in future local events.
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Arden Media to Host Austin Tech and Job Expo
on June 24, 2009
Event Kicks off Global Tour of Tech and Job Expos
Austin Chamber of Commerce to hold press conference at Expo to announce findings of
ground-breaking initiative on green collar jobs and smart energy
AUSTIN, Texas, June 22, 2009 -- Arden Media Company, the new publisher of RCR Wireless News and owner of other media properties, announced today that it will host the Tech and Job Expo on June 24 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. The event is being presented in partnership with the Austin Technology Council and with the support of national and local business, professional and industry associations. The Austin Tech and Job Expo is the first event of a multi-city, international tour of Tech and Job Expos hosted by Arden Media.
The Expo will feature a press conference hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce announcing the details of the report of the Chamber's Green Job Task Force, a key study of smart energy deployment and green job creation that could lead to the creation of more than 25,000 new jobs in the region. Importantly, the results are expected to offer a blueprint that could be replicated in other cities and regions of the country. Following the press conference, there will be a keynote panel discussion of the report and an update on the Pecan Street Project. Participants in the panel discussion include representatives of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Energy, Cisco Systems, IBM, the University of Texas and Workforce Solutions.
"We're excited to be hosting this important event in Austin with the strong support of the Austin Technology Council," said Jeff Mucci, chief executive of Arden Media. "We also appreciate the full support of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and are seeing a lot of interest in the press conference they will be holding at the event to release the report of their Green Job Task Force. The schedule for the day has content that should appeal to participants at every level of the technology industry. There will be more than 30 senior executives from leading tech companies speaking at keynotes and technical and job- focused panels, and there will be cutting edge, interactive exhibits and workshops."
In addition to the range of informational segments of the Expo, there will also be events focused on existing and emerging jobs in the tech industry and the skills required for these jobs, providing an opportunity for companies and prospective employees to attend functions together and talk directly with each other. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with peers and company representatives in the interactive exhibit area. Planned interactive exhibits include areas on mobile applications, tower infrastructure, gaming, the connected home and other topical subjects.
Green Job Task Force and Pecan Street Project
In March 2009 the Austin Chamber of Commerce undertook the organization and implementation of its Green Job Task Force. The report of the task force will provide a community roadmap for coordinating regional efforts to train and retain 25,000 Central Texas residents for green collar jobs and assist with the re-employment of unemployed Central Texans.
The Pecan Street Project is the nation's first and largest municipal-scale smart grid initiative that is aimed at developing a new energy system to enable multi-directional flow of data and electricity from a new energy grid. The grid would seamlessly interconnect energy storage, distributed generation, energy efficiency and electric vehicle technologies. It is projected that Austin's smart grid project has the potential to create over 25,000 jobs and attract $1 billion in investment for the region within the next 10 years.
The Pecan Street Project is led by the City of Austin, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas at Austin. Research and Strategic Support has been provided by Applied Materials, Cisco, Dell, Freescale, GE, GridPoint, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and SEMATECH.
RCR Wireless News to be Sponsor
RCR Wireless News, which was recently acquired by Arden Media and is slated for relaunch in the third quarter of this year, is serving as a media sponsor for the event.
"We're particularly pleased to have acquired RCR Wireless News, which has built a reputation over many years as the leading source of information and intelligence in the wireless communications community," said Mucci. "We are working hard to prepare the publication for its relaunch with great attention to sustaining the editorial quality and insight that its loyal readers have come to expect. We want RCR to be involved in the Tech and Job Expos because we want it to be focused on connecting directly with its readers, and connecting directly with decision makers, companies, technologies and consumers, both through these events and through the online content will be providing going forward."
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Austin Tech & Job Expo
- Event will be held June 24, 2009 in Austin, Texas
- Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
- Certain workshops begin at 8 am
- Austin Chamber of Commerce Press Conference is at 10:45 am
- Exhibit Hall open from 11:30 am to 8 pm
- Main Stage Presentations begin at 11:30 am
- After hours networking event begins at 5:00 pm
- Event is the first in planned multi-city international tour
- All details available on dedicated website, http://www.techjobexpo.com
- Willie Anderson, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies
- Tamara Atkinson, Deputy Director, External Affairs, Workforce Solutions - Capital Area Workforce Board
- Chad Bockius, Director of Product Marketing, Bazaarvoice
- Kathy Brabson, Regional VP/Operations, Central Texas Division, Time Warner Cable
- Sam Coursen, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Freescale Semiconductor
- Adil Dalal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Pinnacle Process Solutions, International TM
- Casey Dennis, Director of Network Engineering, Texas Region, Time Warner Cable
- Aimee Doane, Vice President of Operations, West Division, Suddenlink Communications
- Andrew Donoho, Owner, Donoho Design Group
- John C. Dupree, Vice President, Enterprise and Federal, Sprint Nextel
- Russ Finney, Vice President of Information Systems, Tokyo Electron
- Rodney Gibbs, Studio Head, Fizz Factor
- Wade Gilham, Marketing Director, Broadcast Division, Silicon Laboratories
- Iain Gillott, President, iGR, Inc.
- David Jenkins, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WhiteboardSelling
- Jim Keeler, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Wayport, now an AT&T company
- Ron Kifer, Group Vice President and CIO, Applied Materials
- Dawn Lacallade, Community Manager, Solarwinds
- Marny Lifshen, Marketing and PR Consultant, Speaker and Author
- Angela Loeb, Consultant
- Brad Massey, Certified Trainer and Franchise Owner, Sandler Sales Institute
- Courtney McCashland, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Talentmine
- Sean McDonald, Owner, Ant's Eye View
- Jack McDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Perficient
- MaryBeth Mongillo, Founder and Owner, Factor5 Consulting
- William E. Morrow, CEO and Chairman, CSIdentity Corporation
- Thomas Myer, Owner, Triple Dog Dare Media
- Deborah Neal, Area Director, Enterprise, Sprint Nextel
- Elena Neira, WCP Liason, WCET Certification, IEEE ComSoc
- Carolyn Purcell, Director, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems
- Melissa Simpler, Chief Executive Officer, Affinegy
- Helen Soto Knaggs, Director-External Affairs, Verizon
- Josh Stephens, Vice President of Technology aka Head Geek, Solarwinds
- Charlene Tomas, Austin Special Events Team Sales Manager, AT&T Mobility
- Shelly Van Dyke, Strategist & Market Analysit, Corporate Strategy, Freescale Semiconductor
- Jeff Vice, Director, Local Government Issues, Austin Energy
- Michael Webber, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas at Austin
- Jim Welch, Corporate Vice President, North America Enterprise Markets, Enterprise Mobility Solutions, Motorola
- Connie Wharton, Entrepreneur and Leadership Development Expert
- Paul Williamson, Global Utilities and Energy Industry Solutions Architect, IBM
- Austin Technology Council
- Austin Chamber of Commerce
- Austin Chronicle
- Austin Human Resource Management Association
- Austin Wireless Alliance
- Association of Information Technology Professionals
- Women in Cable Telecommunications
- Digital Media Council/Skillpoint Alliance
- Independent Game Developers Association
- University of Texas Computing and Engineering
- St. Edwards Professional Development
- Austin Community College
6/19/2009 12:27:03 PM
Tech and Job Expo Update: Nello, Gritz Towers, and Specialty Manufacturing will be creating a tower exhibit at the Expo to introduce professionals to the wireless infrastructure industry. Representatives from the companies will be available to answer questions and help us understand the infrastructure that really makes our mobile phone work.
When: Wednesday, June 24th 8:00am - 8:00pm
Where: Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX
More Info: http://www.techjobexpo.com
6/15/2009 5:21:40 PM
The big news this week is the decision by the Austin Chamber to hold a press conference announcing the release of the report of its Green Job Task Force at our event at 10:45 am. In connection with this press conference, we are now pleased to announce our second keynote presentation--a panel discussion of the Green Job Task Force Report and an update on the Pecan Street Project with members of the Task Force and representatives of the public and private sector partners in the Pecan Street Project.
In connection with these two events, we will have an executive level briefing and lunch where local business leaders can discuss the keynote topics with the speakers.
Finally, we will have a special pavilion area in our exhibit hall featuring Green Tech companies. If your company is involved in this industry, you should take advantage of our exhibition and sponsorship opportunities. Exhibition opportunities start at $299 for a table in the pavilion and $750 for a booth. To book a space, please contact Amy Garfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other developments:
- Ron Kifer, CIO of Applied Materials, has finalized his topic for the first keynote presentation of the day. He will present, "Managing Your Career in the Dynamic Technology Industry," in which he will discuss the growing trend of differentiation of core versus context work and the challenges and opportunities that creates for managing an IT career.
- We have identified the topic for our afternoon panel discussion on the gaming industry. Rodney Gibbs of Fizz Factor will moderate a panel of gaming industry heavyweights entitled, "Casual, Portable and Profitable -- Current Trends in Gaming and Mobile Apps."
- To date, we have secured over 30 speakers for throughout the day from companies such as Qualcomm, Sprint, Solarwinds, Freescale, Verizon, Bazaarvoice AT&T and Time Warner Cable.
- And our Guitar Hero Smackdown Contest, occurring during our after hours networking, should prove to be a great time. Check out the Facebook event page we have put together for the contest here and start buying your entries here.
5/31/2009 5:21:19 PM
PCIA Impacts President-Elect Obama’s Infrastructure 2.0 Initiative
From www.pcia.com press release
|PCIA Impacts President-Elect Obama's Infrastructure 2.0 Initiative
|Economist Recommends $17.4 B Stimulus for Wireless Infrastructure|
Since the presidential election, PCIA has communicated the importance of wireless infrastructure to President-Elect Obama's Transition Team and leadership of the new Congress.
At the request of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), the incoming Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, PCIA provided data on the strong economic value of wireless infrastructure deployment, identified appropriate regulatory relief in the infrastructure siting process, and suggested funding priorities for the wireless industry.
On behalf of Obama's Transition Team, former FCC Chief Economist Dr. Alan Pearce prepared an economic analysis of the wireless industry as input to development of the infrastructure initiative economic stimulus package. Dr. Pearce relied on PCIA to provide crucial financial and other quantitative data for use in his analysis.
His resulting report, entitled "Accelerated Wireless Broadband Infrastructure Deployment: Impact on GDP & Employment in 2009 - 2010," estimates that direct and indirect investments of $17.4B for wireless broadband infrastructure would increase GDP by 0.9 - 1.3% or $126.3B - $184.1B and create approximately 4.5million - 6.3 million jobs. The report also emphasizes that time limits should be placed on local jurisdictional review of wireless infrastructure applications and the FCC should clear the backlog of pending applications referred for NEPA review.
PCIA and its members will continue to be important contributors to the work of the new Administration and Congress as a fast-track economic stimulus package is adopted.
Download Report here www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/comments/1EA7.pdf
5/31/2009 2:43:21 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2009
TIA Forecasts 3.1 Percent Loss for ICT Industry in 2009
First Overall Decline TIA Has Ever Predicted, but Recovery to Begin in 2010 as Broadband Stimulus Funds Are Injected Into Economy
Washington, D.C. – For the first time in its 23 years of forecasting for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is projecting a 3.1 percent decline in revenue for the overall global ICT market in 2009 due to global economic conditions. In the U.S., revenue will suffer a 5.5 percent decline in 2009.
At a press conference held today, TIA released the 2009 ICT Market Review and Forecast, TIA's annual market intelligence report filled with data and analysis. (Watch a Webcast recording that includes the narrated presentation and a question and answer session.)
While revenue will remain weak in 2010, with a modest 1.2 percent increase, the longer-term outlook is much brighter. Globally, TIA projects a strong rebound for the ICT industry after 2010, citing a 6.4 percent revenue growth in 2011 and a 7.9 percent increase in 2012.
For the U.S., telecommunications revenue is expected to decrease by 6.4 percent in the next two years, but rebound by 14.4 percent during 2011-12. The effects of the current Stimulus Package, which carves out investment dollars for broadband, will enable growth throughout the ICT industry and beyond.
"Broadband will be a driver for recovery in all areas, from healthcare IT to smart grid technology, public safety networks to education, as well as for businesses and consumers," said Grant Seiffert, TIA President. "While TIA was instrumental in obtaining the $7.2 billion for broadband, other funding for energy, health IT and R&D will also spur recovery, especially in reviving some of the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost recently. The sum of increased productivity and revenue amongst all other industry segments whose growth broadband deployment contributes to is often underrated and perhaps immeasurable."
Growing demand for high-volume data applications is driving all segments, say the independent, unbiased analysts at Wilkofsky Gruen Associates who help to develop the Market Review & Forecast. Despite the recession, TIA predicts that wireless and business data revenue will grow by 73 percent during the next four years to $110 billion in 2012 from $64 billion in 2008.
Further analysis shows that economic recovery during 2011-12 will be driven by pent-up demand for equipment upgrades. Growth in data traffic will strain network capacity and stimulate investment; availability of financing will fuel investment; and broadband growth will expand the platform for VoIP and IPTV.
Recognizing that comprehensive market intelligence is more critical than ever for ICT companies positioning themselves to survive -- and thrive – when the economy begins to rebound, TIA is offering an interactive version of the Market Review & Forecast as part of the new TIA Market Intelligence Service. TelecomTV is collaborating with TIA in offering the new online service, augmented by value-adds such as news updates, webinars, industry analyses and more.
TIA's ICT Market Review & Forecast includes:
- Detailed activities and metrics from prior years
- Projections, trends and anticipated performance for short-term (upcoming year) and mid-term (3-5 years out)
The target audience includes equipment manufacturers, service providers, software vendors, content providers and the media. Sectors covered in the publication include:
- Network equipment
- Data transport
- Internet access
- Green ICT (to be delivered separately)
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. With roots dating back to 1924, TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment. TIA co-owns the SUPERCOMM® tradeshow and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.
TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm, AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Corning Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Graybar, Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., and Verari Systems. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.
5/29/2009 10:13:40 AM
When looking for ways to energize your career, remember that it is the little things that make a big difference over the long run.
Many people scoff at the simple advice that is repeated by the top business authors, coaches and consultants. They rationalize that things that sound easy will not have any meaningful impact, and thus they make no changes in how they live their life.
Imagine it this way: If a pilot takes off from Newark Airport (in New Jersey) and aims his plane toward Los Angeles he is heading west. A slight change in course, just one or two degrees, will make no visible impact on how people on the plane (or on the ground) would view the destination of the aircraft when he crosses over Pennsylvania. But that slight change in direction will take the plane toward Portland, Oregon.... NOT L.A... over the four hour flight.
Los Angeles is a very different city than Portland. I have spent time in both places, and while both are fine cities, they are not the same in most respects. The life you would live and the things you would experience in either city are unique.
Over the long haul your life, your career, your relationships, etc... are equally effected by the little changes that you make now. Too often people want instant visibility to how these adjustments will recreate their future. With no clear view, they get discouraged and decide to do nothing.
Look at the art of sending handwritten notes. Sending five in one week may not have any impact on your career. Sending five a week for a year would mean 250 notes in a year that people would receive from you where you express your enthusiasm for meeting them or gratitude for their assistance. Still, maybe nothing. But what if you undertook the small effort of five notes a week for ten years? Do you really believe that if you sent 2500 handwritten notes to business professionals you encounter that there would be no impact?
How about reading books? If you read ten career / business books a year it might not have mean anything in year one. But over 20 years that would be 200 books. Could the information from 200 business books add to your body of knowledge and make you more valuable to your employer or future employers? I think yes.
Change course now and you will see the value over the next decade. Or stay on your current course. It is your choice (if you feel like you are on the right path, then good for you!... that is NOT a bad thing!!). If you want long term changes, then take action.
Have A Great Day.
5/28/2009 8:39:09 AM
Are you responsible for network security? Have you heard of BT-Americas? BT-Americas is a division of British Telecom, a global leader in advanced telecommunications, IT, wireless, and network solutions.
They are quietly building their US presence using "narrowcast" marketing, which emphasis their thought and solution leadership position in network security. Check them out on Twitter or Linked in.
Bruce Schneier is their CTO and is well know for his books on secret codes and "Secrets and Lies" on computer and network security. Bruce's blog is www.schneier.com/blog. Kevin Moss, director-BT Americas blog may be read at (mosske.blog-spot.com)
Over the past couple of months, I have had the good fortune of meeting with several BT executives while attending www.telecomcouncil.com events in Silicon Valley. Derek Kerton and his team do an amazing job presenting industry leading technologies and the people behind the technology. During Telecom Council's recent "Connected Home" presentation, Rob Hull, BT Innovation Group provided thought provoking insights on the wireless/wireline/content business models being deployed in the UK.
I encourage readers to visit the blogs above, check out their white papers and keep an eye out for BT's stealth marketing plan. Their career center may be found at http://www.btplc.com/Careercentre.
5/25/2009 2:44:03 PM
On March 30, 2009, Xchange Magazine reported that Dell had entered the service provider market by launching a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) service in Japan. Dell reportedly will be using NTT Docomo's network. For those not familiar with MVNO launches, they were the craze in the US several years ago with Disney, Virgin and others seeking to leverage their brand names to market wireless services to loyal customers and niche markets. Suffice it to say that MVNOs have not exceeded expectations; however, that was before smartphones, real broadband wireless service and netbooks.
The basic concept of an MVNO is that company will sign a "resell" agreement with a wireless carrier like AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and then the MVNO will be responsible for all customer marketing, sales, customer service and billing using their own brand name versus that of the wireless carrier.
To learn more about Dell's plan, please see article below from Xchange Magazine.
The Dell MVNO
Dell Computer is in a tough spot. As better wireless networks are built out, traditional desktop sales are faltering and losing ground to laptops, netbooks and even smartphones. The latest idea the computer-maker has to capitalize on the dawn of ubiquitous wireless broadband is forming an MVNO, according to reports.
The idea is to “offer notebooks with bundled HSPA access and call plans,” said Caroline Gabriel, analyst at Rethink Research. “In this new strand of the MVNO model, the network owner provides a connection and reaps a fee, usually based on data usage, but remains invisible to the end user – with the twist on traditional MVNOs being that the brand belongs to the device.”
An example of this would be the Amazon Kindle eReader: Amazon.com signed up as an MVNO in order to provide an integrated ability in the device to do wireless book downloads. End users don’t see an incremental charge for the network; Amazon pays the carrier out of the revenue from book downloads.
Sprint-Nextel Corp. has said that it is looking for similar relationships among gadget-makers interested in providing embedded 3G – something that could supercharge digital picture frames, portable gaming devices and more.
Of course, notebooks are a far cry from single-purpose devices that can monetize MVNO data usage via download subscriptions or even pay-as-you-go downloads. Gabriel notes that the Dell MVNO-ready laptops will have built-in HSPA cards, be priced between $500 and $2,000, and will ship with fixed amount of mobile broadband access that customers can replenish with a credit card.
Dell’s MVNO will reportedly launch in Japan on the NTT DoCoMo network, and will expand to other countries from there.
Dell also has been eyeing the smartphone market, but hasn’t been able to get to market with an offering yet.
- Rethink Wireless: Dell could be latest device MVNO, in Japan at first
5/25/2009 11:24:28 AM
With few revenue growth options, Verizon and ATT will be bundling netbooks into data subscriber plans. The battle ground for consumer subscribers is shaping up nicely with Apple, Google, HP, Dell, Acer, Verizon, and ATT competing for the high ground. By the way, don't count out Sprint/Clearwire/Cisco combination.....
Couple of key stats or articles for consideration:
- Business Week reported this week the following headline - "ATT and Verizon Wireless Bet on Netbooks- Facing cell-phone saturation, carriers are turning to inexpensive netbooks, and not-so-inexpensive monthly data plans, for future growth"
- According to CTIA, 87% of the US population is a wireless subscriber - 270 million wireless subscribers overall.
- See the article below for an update on netbook market share. Thanks www.thinkpads.com
Netbooks get almost 20% market share, Acer surpasses Dell
by John Hobbes, posted 05/15/09 9:11 AM
Oh how times have changed: <$500 tiny laptops are taking market share hand over fist and Dell is sinking further in a hole.
According to a recent report from research firm DisplaySearch, netbooks have taken almost 20% of the notebook market in Q1 2009. Not surprisingly, almost half of all netbooks were sold in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia), compared to 26% for North America.
HP is still leading the pack for overall notebook sales, but underdog Acer has moved up from its #3 position to pass Dell for #2. This is no surprise when you consider that Acer’s netbooks accounted for more than 30% of that market.
What is a bit surprising is how bad Lenovo is hurting. They are fifth in sales for Q1 09, falling behind Toshiba even. I have a feeling there will be a radical move of some kind soon, to end the hemorrhaging here. Does that mean a radical new product, or a radical restructuring of the business? Unfortunately it could be either…
5/24/2009 1:53:13 PM
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has over 50 chapters nationwide and offers numerous opportunities to sharpen your saw (training and certification), network and get involved at the local and national level. Visit www.scte.org today to learn more.
One of the hallmarks of SCTE is the "Cable Tech" games held by various chapters across the country. This is your opportunity to test your might against others. Below is a recap of the most recent "Cable Tech" games held by the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Charlotte Strong is the President ad offers the following commentary (three cheers for the overall winner - James Turner from Time Warner Cable in San Antonio):
"I am the President of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of SCTE. On April 23, 2009, we hosted our first annual Cable Tech Games. The hugely successful event was held at the National Guard Armory in Corpus Christi. We had almost 100 attendees (97 signed in). Ten teams represented four different MSOs and one contracting firm: Charter Communications, Cable One, Grande, Time Warner Cable and COI Inc. Thirty-eight participants traveled from Kerrville, Beaumont, San Antonio, Harlingen, Port Aransas, and from Corpus Christi. They competed in Cable Jeopardy, and the winner, Jimmy Smith from Time Warner, Kerrville won with a total of 2900 points. Gilbert Cuellar from TW Corpus Christi took home the gold in Cable splicing. Top honors in meter reading went to Joesph Jones of TW Beaumont and MTDR reading went to James Turner of TW San Antonio. The overall winners were: James Turner, from TW San Antonio, with Silver and Bronze medals going to Kent Armstrong and Lonnie Conner respectively, both from Charter Communications in Portland, Texas. Lonnie also won first place in optical splicing. The vendor hosts spent time teaching participants how to read faults using a TDR; using a signal level meter, how to measure and record the input and output levels of a “black box” (box has a tap, DC, and splitter inside). They must determine tap and DC values and match to the appropriate schematic. Coax and optical splicing are games participants enjoy as they race against the clock. The “unofficial” cable game using an OTDR to determine events and termination of fiber cable is popular with many of the participants as this is their first exposure to this type of task. Participants claim that the networking opportunities as well as the learning opportunities and competitive fun make the Cable Tec Games an event they will return to year after year.
The event was followed by a fabulous Mexican food spread of chicken and beef fajitas and all the hot sauce, chips, guacamole, rice and beans you could eat! Everyone is talking about making it bigger and better next year!
For information about the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of SCTE, contact Charlotte Strong at email@example.com or Neomi Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the SCTE Website http://www.scte.org/devams/
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information. Since 1969, SCTE has continually expanded its resources and services to meet the changing needs of its members in a rapidly evolving industry. Today more than 14,000 CTOs, engineers, system operation managers, technicians, and field operations personnel from the U.S. and 70 countries worldwide depend upon SCTE to deliver the tools they need to maintain their competitive edge. SCTE has more than 68 chapters and meeting groups, and over 3,000 cable telecommunications professionals hold SCTE technical certifications. The Society continues to serve its diverse membership and the industry by offering a wide variety of educational programs and services.
The SCTE Standards Program provides an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited forum for the development of technical specifications supporting the cable telecommunications industry. It is also recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). SCTE standards cover a wide range of industry needs from F connectors to protocols for high-speed data access over cable to digital program insertion. More than 140 MSOs, vendors and allied organizations are SCTE Standards Program members.
5/21/2009 12:08:19 PM
The economic crisis has many complexities. Job security and career paths can be turned upside down, leaving many people feeling unsure about their future.In times like this it is important that we get back to the basics. In good times and in bad, all opportunities come from people. Having a network and establishing a clear personal brand can make the difference.People are NOT a commodity. You cannot just assume that if you go out and meet people that they are part of your network. Real relationships...
5/13/2009 7:56:10 AM
Arden Media Company (www.ardenmediaco.com) acquired RCR Wireless News, a 27 year old, industry leading wireless publication. Arden Media also operates Telecomcareers, ITjobs.net, Tech&Jobs Magazine and Tech&Jobs Expo.
To read full press release, please visit www.rcrwirelessnews.com.
What would you like to see in RCR Wireless News in the future? Shout out!
5/12/2009 11:20:55 PM
By Thom Singer, professional speaker and author of five "power networking" books
“I never apologize for the word 'networking' or for the 'act of networking'. When done properly it brings much value to everyone involved" -- Marny Lifshen, co-author, "Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Women"
Networking is one of the most important things that people can do to find a job or advance their career. People do business with those they know, like and trust… so it is important that you have a strong network if you want to uncover opportunities.
But many are uncomfortable with the idea of networking. They fear that others might judge them for their efforts.
Do you ever find yourself being shy about networking? Are you a little embarrassed to tell others that you are going to a networking event or that you belong to networking organizations?
Many people have misconceptions about networking involving cheesy happy hours in hotel ballrooms with free beer and crappy fried snacks. While some networking events meet that description on various levels, the power of creating business relationships has nothing to do with drink tickets, food and handing out your business cards.
Networking is about cultivating connections with other people that allow you both to prosper. What is embarrassing about discovering the soul of another human being and looking for ways to make their life better? What makes someone shy about mutually assisting each other in the quest for success?
I think those who are really "embarrassed" have been mis-lead to believe that networking is a selfish act. They have been taught to go out and find people who can become a one-way resource without them needing to provide value in return. It is those who are "takers"... or fear that they are "takers" who have real issues with the concept of networking.
Thus I encourage you to go out and network.... but be a giver! Look for ways to connect those in your network with others whom can help them achieve success. The funny thing is the more you give, the more you will get. People LOVE to help those who help others.
But do not attempt to keep score or your will become disappointed. You will often give more than you get... but so what? The act of giving (and helping someone) is in itself a victory. Do not help someone expecting them to help you. Maybe they will... maybe they will not. It is not about that one particular person returning a favor, but it IS about the universe rewarding you over the long run.
Stop all the games about networking, or hiding your efforts... just go out and make things happen. It is not a sin in any religion to meet people and become a positive light in their lives. So why, why, why be shy? Help others and everyone will win.
Have A Great Day.
Thom Singer is a professional speaker, business consultant and the author of five books on the topic of the power of business relationships and networking. More information at www.thomsinger.com.
5/11/2009 7:58:29 AM
by Chris Nolter writing for The Deal Pipeline Shareholders of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. will hold a forum this week on Monday to discuss gripes about the management of the Chicago company. Southeastern Asset Management Inc. announced some of the topics it plans to address at the May 14 forum in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing. TDS' annual meeting follows on May 21. The Memphis firm, which manages shares for Longleaf Partners Fund, said in the filing, "we believe the company is at a critical juncture and poor decision-making can severely damage opportunities to recognize the company's value." TDS is a wireline phone and broadband service provider, which owns a controlling stake in U.S. Cellular Corp. The family of CEO LeRoy T. Carlson Jr., son of the company's founder, owns a controlling interest in TDS. Southeastern has argued that the company trades at a discount to similar companies. The firm wants management to put TDS and U.S. Cellular up for sale. Alternately, Southeastern wants TDS to simplify its capital structure by folding its common and special common shares into a single class of stock. The firm also said TDS should buy back shares. TDS vice president of corporate relations Mark Steinkraus declined to comment on Southeastern's arguments. He said that all of TDS' views are expressed in SEC filings, and that the company has a practice of not commenting on filings such as Southeastern's. He said that TDS has met with shareholders who have voiced concerns about the telecom's strategic direction. TDS announced an agreement with one critical shareholder, Mario Gabelli's Rye, N.Y., firm Gamco Asset Management Inc., in April. Gamco had planned to nominate four of its own directors at the annual meeting but agreed to support TDS' slate. Steinkraus said that until recently, he was not familiar with the group hosting the event, The Shareholder Forum. "I've never heard of it before getting a letter from its principal," he said. "I've been doing investor relations for over 30 years." Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. analyst Chris King said TDS stock "definitely trades at a discount." The market values the company at 3 to 4 times Ebitda, he said. Many of its peers trade at 4 to 5 times Ebitda, and some incumbent phone companies with high-yield, high-dividend capital structures are close to 6 times Ebitda. "The general consensus is that the Carlson family is not interested in selling, and they control the show," King said. While the shareholders' arguments generally have merit, the analyst said, they aren't new. TDS has taken some steps to reduce its market discount, such as exiting stakes in other telecoms and related hedging instruments. "Those are all kind of positive ideas by and large," King said. "I don't think they are likely to happen as long as the Carlson family controls the company." TDS declined to field questions about shareholder disputes during its May 6 earnings call but said it would discuss the matter directly after the call. The company said it wanted to focus on items in its financial reports since it had its financial and operational teams assembled. "We're going to take that call afterwards," Steinkraus said during the call. The upcoming annual meeting will be Web cast. Last year's meeting was not. "We weren't clear everybody was going to act in the most professional manner," Steinkraus said. He added that the meeting did proceed, with attendees having the chance to air their views. Talks with shareholders have continued since then. "It's not like we shut down," he said.
Updated 05:43 PM EDT, May-08-2009
Shareholders of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. will hold a forum this week on Monday to discuss gripes about the management of the Chicago company.
Southeastern Asset Management Inc. announced some of the topics it plans to address at the May 14 forum in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing. TDS' annual meeting follows on May 21.
The Memphis firm, which manages shares for Longleaf Partners Fund, said in the filing, "we believe the company is at a critical juncture and poor decision-making can severely damage opportunities to recognize the company's value."
TDS is a wireline phone and broadband service provider, which owns a controlling stake in U.S. Cellular Corp. The family of CEO LeRoy T. Carlson Jr., son of the company's founder, owns a controlling interest in TDS.
Southeastern has argued that the company trades at a discount to similar companies. The firm wants management to put TDS and U.S. Cellular up for sale. Alternately, Southeastern wants TDS to simplify its capital structure by folding its common and special common shares into a single class of stock. The firm also said TDS should buy back shares.
TDS vice president of corporate relations Mark Steinkraus declined to comment on Southeastern's arguments. He said that all of TDS' views are expressed in SEC filings, and that the company has a practice of not commenting on filings such as Southeastern's. He said that TDS has met with shareholders who have voiced concerns about the telecom's strategic direction.
TDS announced an agreement with one critical shareholder, Mario Gabelli's Rye, N.Y., firm Gamco Asset Management Inc., in April. Gamco had planned to nominate four of its own directors at the annual meeting but agreed to support TDS' slate.
Steinkraus said that until recently, he was not familiar with the group hosting the event, The Shareholder Forum.
"I've never heard of it before getting a letter from its principal," he said. "I've been doing investor relations for over 30 years."
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. analyst Chris King said TDS stock "definitely trades at a discount." The market values the company at 3 to 4 times Ebitda, he said. Many of its peers trade at 4 to 5 times Ebitda, and some incumbent phone companies with high-yield, high-dividend capital structures are close to 6 times Ebitda.
"The general consensus is that the Carlson family is not interested in selling, and they control the show," King said.
While the shareholders' arguments generally have merit, the analyst said, they aren't new. TDS has taken some steps to reduce its market discount, such as exiting stakes in other telecoms and related hedging instruments.
"Those are all kind of positive ideas by and large," King said. "I don't think they are likely to happen as long as the Carlson family controls the company."
TDS declined to field questions about shareholder disputes during its May 6 earnings call but said it would discuss the matter directly after the call. The company said it wanted to focus on items in its financial reports since it had its financial and operational teams assembled.
"We're going to take that call afterwards," Steinkraus said during the call.
The upcoming annual meeting will be Web cast. Last year's meeting was not.
"We weren't clear everybody was going to act in the most professional manner," Steinkraus said. He added that the meeting did proceed, with attendees having the chance to air their views. Talks with shareholders have continued since then.
"It's not like we shut down," he said.
5/6/2009 8:20:42 AM
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes employment trends guides from time to time. Recently, they published a career guide for Information Technology. This guide PDF may be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/Trends-in-IT. Below is the "Nutshell" and "Snippet" summary from the BLS website.
Telecommunications is part of the "Information" industry sector per the BLS.
Like most industries, information technology has had job gains and losses. This article discusses IT workers; their employment, both past and projected; and ways to prepare for these occupations.
Amari and Aaron have always loved computers. Both planned to enroll in the computer science department at their local universities and pursue careers in information technology. But now, as high school graduation draws near, neither student is sure what to do.
Amari and Aaron are not alone in their uncertainty. In recent years, students, workers, and jobseekers have received mixed signals about the job market for information technology. Periods of strong job growth have been punctuated by brief periods of employment declines. Optimism about information technology, commonly referred to as IT, as a career field has been tempered by concerns about job security and competition abroad.
But, as this analysis shows, the IT field continues to offer opportunities for jobseekers who have the right skills and training. The good news for Amari and Aaron is that most IT occupations are expected to remain in high demand and have strong job growth. Here’s an overview of some information technology occupations; a discussion of past employment, future prospects, and education and training for IT workers; and sources of more information.
5/6/2009 8:09:23 AM
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting on April 9th that the US had over 3 million job openings; however, stated that many of these jobs are going unfilled due to training requirements.
For more information, please visit the BLS website at http://tinyurl.com/3-million-job-openings
Below is the BLS overview statement:
JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER: FEBRUARY 2009 On the last business day of February, there were 3.0 million job openings in the United States, and the job openings rate was 2.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The job openings rate and the hires rate (3.3 percent) were little changed in February, with both remaining low. The total separations rate (3.6 percent) was also essentially unchanged in February. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the total nonfarm sector by industry and geographic region. Job Openings Job openings were essentially unchanged from January to February, although the number of job openings has trended downward since mid- 2007. At 3.0 million in February, monthly openings were down 1.8 million, or 38 percent, since the most recent high in June 2007. The job openings rate changed significantly in February only in manufacturing, where it edged up.
5/6/2009 8:02:46 AM
The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies Telecommunications as part of the Information Industry Sector. Below is a listing of all industries included in NAICS 51 (North American Industry Classification System)
The information sector consists of these subsectors:
- Publishing Industries (except Internet): NAICS 511
- Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries: NAICS 512
- Broadcasting (except Internet): NAICS 515
- Telecommunications: NAICS 517
- Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services: NAICS 518
- Other Information Services: NAICS 519
For more information about the Telecommunication sector, please visit http://tinyurl.com/Telecommunications-BLS-GOV
Significant Points about the Telecommunications sector
- Telecommunications includes voice, video, and Internet communications services.
- Employment will grow because technological advances will expand the range of services offered.
- With rapid technological changes in telecommunications, those with up-to-date technical skills will have the best job opportunities.
- Average earnings in telecommunications greatly exceed average earnings throughout private industry.
Goods and services. The telecommunications industry delivers voice communications, data, graphics, television, and video at ever increasing speeds and in an increasing number of ways. Whereas wireline telephone communication was once the primary service of the industry, wireless communication services, Internet service, and cable and satellite program distribution make up an increasing share of the industry.
Industry organization. The largest sector of the telecommunications industry continues to be made up of wired telecommunications carriers. Establishments in this sector mainly provide telecommunications services via wires and cables that connect customers’ premises to central offices maintained by telecommunications companies. The central offices contain switching equipment that routes content to its final destination or to another switching center that determines the most efficient route for the content to take. These companies also maintain the cable network that connects different regions of the country as well as foreign countries, and forms the backbone of the industry. While voice used to be the main type of data transmitted over the wires, wired telecommunications service now includes the transmission of all types of graphic, video, and electronic data mainly over the Internet.
These new services are made possible through the use of digital technologies that provide much more efficient use of the telecommunications networks. One major technology breaks digital signals into packets during transmission. Networks of computerized switching equipment route the packets. Packets may take separate paths to their destination and may share the paths with packets from other users. At the destination, the packets are reassembled, and the transmission is completed. Because packet switching considers alternate routes, and allows multiple transmissions to share the same route, it results in a more efficient use of telecommunications capacity as packets are routed along less congested routes.
The transmission of voice signals requires relatively small amounts of capacity on telecommunications networks. By contrast, the transmission of data, video, and graphics requires much higher capacity. This transmission capacity is referred to as “bandwidth.” As the demand increases for high-capacity transmissions—especially with the rising volume of Internet data—telecommunications companies have been expanding and upgrading their networks to increase the amount of available bandwidth.
Cable and other program distribution is another sector of the telecommunications industry. Establishments in this sector provide television and other services on a subscription or fee basis. These establishments do not include cable networks. (Information on cable networks is included in the section on broadcasting, which appears elsewhere in the Career Guide.) Distributors of pay television services transmit programming through two basic types of systems. Cable systems transmit programs over fiber optic and coaxial cables. Direct broadcasting satellite (DBS) operators constitute a growing segment of the pay television industry. DBS operators transmit programming from orbiting satellites to customers’ receivers, known as minidishes. Establishments in the cable and other program distribution industry generate revenue through subscriptions, providing Internet access, providing phone service, and advertising sales. They also charge fees for pay-per-view or video-on-demand programs.
Wireless telecommunications carriers, many of which are subsidiaries of the wired carriers, transmit voice, graphics, data, and Internet access through the transmission of signals over networks of radio towers. The signal is transmitted through an antenna into the wireline network. Increasing numbers of consumers are choosing to replace their home landline phones with wireless phones. Other wireless services include beeper and paging services.
Resellers of telecommunications services are another sector of the telecommunications industry. These resellers lease transmission facilities, such as telephone lines or space on a satellite, from existing telecommunications networks, and then resell the service to other customers. Other sectors in the industry include message communications services such as e-mail and facsimile services, satellite telecommunications, and operators of other communication services ranging from radar stations to radio networks used by taxicab companies.
Recent developments. Telecommunications carriers are expanding their bandwidth by replacing copper wires with fiber optic cable. Fiber optic cable, which transmits light signals along glass strands, permits faster, higher capacity transmissions than traditional copper wirelines. In some areas, carriers are extending fiber optic cable to residential customers, enabling them to offer cable television, video-on-demand, very high-speed Internet, and conventional telephone communications over a single line. However, the high cost of extending fiber to homes has slowed deployment. In most areas, wired carriers are instead leveraging existing copper lines that connect most residential customers with a central office, to provide digital subscriber lines (DSL) Internet service. Technologies in development will further boost the speeds and services available through a DSL connection.
Changes in technology and regulation now allow cable television providers to compete directly with telephone companies. An important change has been the rapid increase in two-way communications capacity. Conventional pay television services provided communications only from the distributor to the customer. These services could not provide effective communications from the customer back to other points in the system due to signal interference and the limited capacity of conventional cable systems. Cable operators are implementing new technologies to reduce signal interference and increase the capacity of their distribution systems by installing fiber optic cables and improving data compression. This allows some pay television systems to offer two-way telecommunications services, such as video-on-demand and high-speed Internet access.
Cable companies are increasing their share of the telephone communications market by using high-speed Internet access to provide VoIP (voice over Internet protocol). VoIP is sometimes called Internet telephony, because it uses the Internet to transmit phone calls. While conventional phone networks use packet switching to break up a call onto multiple shared lines between central offices, VoIP extends this process to the phone. A VoIP phone will break the conversation into digital packets and transmit those packets over a high-speed Internet connection. Cable companies use the technology to offer phone services without building a conventional phone network. Wireline providers’ high-speed Internet connections also can be used for VoIP and cellular phones are being developed that use VoIP to make calls using local wireless Internet connections. All of the major sectors of the telecommunications industry are or will increasingly use VoIP.
Wireless telecommunications carriers are deploying several new technologies to allow faster data transmission and better Internet access that should make them more competitive with wireline carriers. With faster Internet connections speeds, wireless carriers are selling music, videos, and other exclusive content that can be downloaded and played on cellular phones. Wireless equipment companies are developing the next generation of technologies that will allow even faster data transmission. The replacement of landlines with cellular service should become increasingly common because advances in wireless systems will provide ever faster data transmission speeds.
5/1/2009 2:24:44 PM
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5/1/2009 1:29:08 PM
See Kin's profile on Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/pub/0/673/a75
- Partner at Arden Operating Company, LLC
- VP - Business Development and Strategy at Telecomcareers
- Principal at
- Partner at
- Associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison
- University of Houston Law Center
- University of Mississippi - School of Business Administration
- University of Mississippi
As a partner at Arden Operating Company, Kin utilizes his legal and financial experience to evaluate potential acquisitions, execute transactions and operate acquired companies. He also brings his experience to bear on behalf of companies that have engaged with Arden for assistance on a variety of matters, such as strategic planning, financing and operations.
Arden is currently focused on opportunities in the media, telecom and real estate industries but will consider other attractive opportunities outside of those industries. Kin has particular experience working with companies in the telecommunications, energy/oil & gas and technology industries at all stages from start up to public company.
Over the course of his career, Kin has been involved in public and private merger and acquisition transactions with a total value of well over $5 billion. Additionally, he has worked with companies on various public and private financings with a similar aggregate value. And he has counseled numerous companies, at various stages of the business life-cycle, on a wide range of legal and business issues.
Kin has a Bachelors in Accountancy and a M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He worked as a staff accountant at Price Waterhouse prior to attending law school at the University of Houston Law Center where he received his J.D.
Kin has worked with KIPP Austin Public Schools, a public open-enrollment charter school system focused on preparing traditionally underserved students in East Austin for success in college, since its founding in 2002. Kin was a founding board member and he has served as board chair since 2004.
Mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, strategic planning, execution
5/1/2009 12:47:28 PM
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4/30/2009 11:06:42 AM
Jack McDonald, Chairman and CEO of Perficient, Inc. and Vice Chairman, Technology of the Austin Chamber of Commerce will participate on a panel at 4:30 today immediately prior to the third 3rd Annual "Brain Party". The topic will be "The Engineer of 2020" and the event is presented by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Door64 and IEEE. The events will be held at the Goodwill Community Center at 1015 Norwood Park Blvd.
For more information, please visit www.austinhumancapital.com/brainparty
Jack is also leading Austech Alliance, whose vision is to grow Central Texas technology Jobs. Please see below for more information about Austech Alliance.
If you are planning to attend or are attending the event, please let us know about on Telecomcareers Twitter account @telecomcareers
About the AusTech Alliance:
The AusTech Alliance operates as part of the Austin Chamber of Commerce's Technology Division, led by Vice Chairman of Technology Jack McDonald, Chairman and CEO of Perficient, Inc. The AusTech Alliance works with the Chamber’s economic development efforts to grow the Central Texas technology sector, both by supporting existing companies and by attracting new technology companies.
4/29/2009 2:27:10 PM
Cloud computing seems to be the buzz word this year. Salesforce, Microsoft and Google all have a version of "Cloud Computing".
GigaOM Magazine, founded by Om Malik, featured a unique perspective on "Private Cloud Computing" featuring Forrester analyst James Staten. The article was written by Derrick Harris for GigaOM - See http://preview.tinyurl.com/Forrester-Backs-Private-Clouds for the full article.
Check out www.gigaom.com. Who is GigaOM?
The GigaOM Network of sites provide one of the leading daily online news reads for the key influencers in the emerging technology market place. We deliver technology news, analysis and opinions on topics ranging from broadband and online games to Web 2.0. Founded in 2006, we now serve a monthly global audience of 1.75 million consumers and professionals interested in the latest news in the world of high-tech.
Built by experienced journalists, the GigaOM team spots the trends and applies a professional journalistic perspective to provide the reader with a definite point of view. GigaOM reports the news and makes the audience smarter through informed analysis. Our unique combination of in-depth reporting, editorial articles, opinion polls, and market metrics help us to highlight the most interesting startups, trends, products, and people in technology. GigaOM fosters a community with its readers and engages with them in a dialogue about where technology is heading both online and in person at its insider events.
The GigaOM Network sites have received multiple accolades:
- CNET: 100 Most Influential Blogs
- Business Week: Best of the Web for Tech News in 2006 and 2007
- PC Magazine: 100 Favorite Blogs
- Technorati: Top 50 Blogs
- Hitwise: Top 100 IT News Sites
- Forbes: The Web Celeb 25
4/27/2009 2:57:05 PM
Mobile apps discussion and demonstrations brought out the crowds last week at the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA) Austin chapter meeting. The event was sponsored by Telecomcareers. Featured presenters included:
- KarmaStar shown by Harvey Smith of Arkane Studios
- Dungeon Defense shown by Brian Howard of InMotion Software
- iSkyDive shown by Christopher Stockman of Blazing Lizard
- unannounced game shown by David J. Reese of Pixel Mine Games
- Game Salad shown by Quoc Tran of Gendai Games
4/25/2009 11:53:23 AM
To learn more about the Austin Brain Party, please visit http://www.austinhumancapital.com/brainparty.html
A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.
The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).
Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others. Members rely on IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources and services. To foster an interest in the engineering profession, IEEE also serves student members in colleges and universities around the world. Other important constituencies include prospective members and organizations that purchase IEEE products and participate in conferences or other IEEE programs.
Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others.
Members rely on IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources and services.
To foster an interest in the engineering profession, IEEE also serves student members in colleges and universities around the world.
Other important constituencies include prospective members and organizations that purchase IEEE products and participate in conferences or other IEEE programs.
*Data current as of 31 Dec 2007
*Data current as of 31 Dec 2007
4/23/2009 10:21:18 AM
Thunder shook the room just as Michael Lock, Director of American Sales and Operations for Google Enterprises, clicked on a slide suggesting that "cloud computing" will be the disruptive technology, which will stimulate the next economic boom. Irony, divine intervention, luck -- who knows. All I know is that it was impeccable timing, which signaled the arrival of Google's enterprise applications for business customers. Over 3000 businesses are signing up each day.
Prior to the luncheon, which was hosted by the Metroplex Technology Business Council (www.metroplextbc.org), I met with Andrew Snow and Sue Walker from the Metroplext Technology Business Council to learn more about their organization. The meeting was an eye opener.
MTBC is the largest technology association in Texas and touts a blue chip board of directors. What impressed me the most was how well they execute on their their mission of "Connecting people, Inspiring Ideas". MTBC focuses on four specific areas to accomplish its vision:
1) Talent & Workforce Development
2) Innovation & Commercialization
3) Advocacy & Branding
4) Education & Networking
MTBC is rolling out an individual membership program. I recommend that you get involved in MTBC -- it could a life changer for you! Virtual networking is fun and exciting; however, it is no substitute for building personal relationships. For more information, please visit www.metroplextbc.org
4/22/2009 11:49:44 AM
Telecomcareers has a confidential featured job posting for VP Operations - Telecom, Internet and CATV. In the last 24 hours we have received hundreds of responses; however, very few women. The disparity in the ratio is striking, which led us to ask "Where are the VP - level telecom, internet, and catv women executives?"
If you know of senior level women with experience running 100,000+ subscriber CATV, Internet and VOIP operations, please send them to the "Featured Job" section on www.telecomcareers.net.
We are not discriminating against men -- just curious why we have not seen an abundance of diversity in the responses received to date.
4/20/2009 8:46:12 PM
Increasingly, cable operators are moving into wireless operations. This trend is increasing the need for cable operators to hire professionals with wireless experience. Specific areas of focus for cable operators include:
- Cell Tower Backhaul. Skills required - sales, operations and engineering
- Wireless Operations -- Cox is building their own wireless networks in several markets. Cable One and others have purchased spectrum and are developing wireless plans.
- Home networking - Time Warner Cable and other cable companies including AT&T are offering wireless networks to residential customers.
To learn more about the cable industry -- visit www.ncta.com, www.scte.org, and www.wict.org.
NCTA provides a list of the top 25 Multiple Service Operators (MSO) on their website -- see below and http://www.ncta.com/Stats/TopMSOs.aspx
|1||Comcast Cable Communications||24,406,000|
|2||Time Warner Cable||13,266,000|
|3||Cox Communications, Inc.1||5,382,125|
|6||Bright House Networks LLC||2,331,089|
|12||WideOpenWest Networks, LLC||365,070|
|14||Service Electric Cable TV Incorporated1||291,683|
|15||Atlantic Broadband Group, LLC||286,935|
|16||Armstrong Group Co.||248,052|
|20||Blue Ridge Communications1||178,023|
|24||WaveDivision Holdings, LLC||141,685|
4/20/2009 4:02:18 PM
Women in Cable Telecommunications (www.wict.org) is celebrating its 30 year anniversity and very well could be one of the best kept secrets for women to network and develop their own careers within the telecommunications industry (wireless, cable, technology and media - all levels). This morning I met with Susan Patten (Time Warner Cable Gov't Affairs and President of WICT Texas Chapter), Robin Casey (www.phonelaw.com) and Liz Maxfield, General Council for CFE Telecom and former president of CTIA, to organize the "Women and Technology" workshop for the June 24th Austin Tech&Jobs Expo. Each of them have a rich and diverse background in "Telecommunications". Most importantly, they have served and continue to serve the industry and their local communities as role models, leaders and mentors. Liz, Robin, and Susan -- Thanks for all that you have done for the industry (and Austin)!
WICT has a national leadership program in which 80 nominees participate in a year long program to develop leadership skills. Each year, WICT recognizes leaders at the Chapter and National level.
For more information, please visit www.wict.org
4/20/2009 10:01:29 AM
John Sheffield from Bank Street Capital recently forwarded me this article "Advertising Yourself: Building a Personal Brand through Social Networks" Published : April 15, 2009 in Knowledge@Wharton.
Build your online and inperson network by getting involved in Telecomcareers, Tech&Jobs Global "Get Real" Expo coming to a city near you. Please take a minute to read the article below and if you are interested in being a speaker or volunteer at one of our upcoming "local" events, please send me email at email@example.com .
Advertising Yourself: Building a Personal Brand through Social NetworksIn 2007, Jim MacMillan was at the top of his profession -- a photojournalist who had just shared a Pulitzer Prize for pictures from Iraq's deadliest combat zones -- but he also started to wonder what kind of future that profession had in store for him. His newsroom in Philadelphia was making steep job cuts in the face of plummeting revenues. Then MacMillan attended a BlogWorld conference and returned with a determination to re-invent himself though social networking.
MacMillan has since become highly skilled at using social networking to gain new fans of his photography, and he is hardly alone. Over the last few years, creative professionals -- including musicians, writers and artists -- have found they can reach an engaged audience by making songs available on a MySpace page or building a national readership by blogging. Now, with the economy mired in a recession, many individuals are wondering how to build a buzz about themselves and find new employment opportunities by adapting the same kind of branding techniques used by businesses.
"I saw that the real value of a new media profile, or a social media profile, is distribution [to an online audience]," MacMillan says. While still employed as a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News, he had launched his own web site -- jimmacmillan.net -- for posting his photos and linking to related stories in the news. Like many professionals, he also created a profile on Facebook, Twitter and every social network he could learn about, roughly 40 in all.
Eventually, he took a severance package from the newspaper and threw everything into social networking. Today, he has close to 14,000 followers reading his posts on Twitter -- a number on a par with some celebrities -- and keeps in touch with about 475 friends on Facebook. He believes he reaches a larger and more engaged audience than when he was at the Daily News, but he also concedes his activity is only bringing in "lunch money," mainly through ads on his blog (which receives traffic referrals from his Twitter postings). But by expanding his network, Macmillan says he also has promising leads on better-paying job opportunities at companies, including some that want advice on social networking.
According to Jonah Berger, Wharton marketing professor, using social networking sites or a new media endeavor such as blogging can be especially useful for workers looking to reshape their career into a new kind of profile. "People will begin to see you in that role," Berger says. "By creating these links outside of your organization, you can change your meaning to [others]."
Clearly the recession -- which has cost the American economy more than five million jobs, including an estimated 1.5 million in the white collar sector -- has placed a new premium on the art of networking among workers who see their jobs threatened. As The New York Times recently reported, interest in traditional face-to-face networking groups among executives -- even those still collecting a paycheck -- has soared in recent months.
Indeed, social networking is that rare sector of the economy that seems to be booming in the midst of the recession. MediaPost reported that businesses spent $2.2 billion on social-networking in 2008, nearly twice as much as they did in 2007, primarily through advertising on popular sites like MySpace and Facebook.
While not dismissing the value of more traditional networking, many experts in the art of self-marketing agree that the rapid rise over the last five years of Internet-based social networking sites is a game-changer. Such sites allow like-minded people to forge connections, not just at lunch, but across the country or even overseas, leading to unprecedented opportunities for ambitious people to expand their list of contacts, generate business leads or even develop a new career.
Initially, it was largely the creative classes who saw that an online following could eventually grow into paying customers. For example, rock musicians who once spent years trying to land a record deal with a major label created pages on the popular MySpace social networking site, forged bonds with online fans through free downloads or other audience-participation efforts and eventually sold compact discs or song downloads to a loyal following.
Author Scott Kirsner, who writes a weekly column for The Boston Globe, recently studied this emerging business model for a book titled, Fans, Friends and Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age. Musicians or authors who build an audience through social connections and an ongoing dialogue over the Internet develop devoted fans who are even more likely to buy a product because they feel a personal connection to that artist, he says.
"There is a major shift [among] consumers, whose entertainment used to be watching TV or buying movie tickets," Kirsner notes. "That shift is a desire to connect with the artist and to support [him or her] directly." In addition, these followers often become online evangelists, spreading buzz through their own large social networks.
According to Kirsner, one of the best examples of self-marketing is Jonathan Coulton, a self-described "geek rock" musician who once worked as a computer programmer but has built a large online following through music. Coulton frequently offers songs over the web for free, allows fans to legally create music videos or other forms of artwork around his music, and once famously allowed his followers to come up with the instrumental solo for a track he had posted on his site. Coulton "created this whole community where he would write the songs and others would spread the word to promote it and make products, or add their own creativity," Kirsner says.
Today, however, social networking is no longer merely the province of the creative classes. Millions of business professionals have joined sites like Facebook -- the platform that allows people to share photos, links or information with a network of friends and that has more than 200 million active users worldwide -- and LinkedIn, a networking site that is more business oriented and has 35 million users. Gaining fast in popularity is Twitter, with about five million users who exchange information with their network of friends in short bursts of no more than 140 characters.
Wharton marketing professor Eric Bradlow, co-director of the Wharton Interactive Media Initiative, has spent several years studying self-marketing for financial services professionals -- one of the hardest-hit sectors in the current slowdown. He says developing a personal "brand" can be as important for a financial advisor as for a rock musician. Bradlow is co-author of a book to be published this summer titled, Marketing For Financial Advisors: Build Your Business by Establishing Your Brand, Knowing Your Clients and Creating a Marketing Plan.
"In these times, people need to differentiate themselves," notes Bradlow, who became interested in this topic five years ago when he learned that training for financial services professionals almost never included any education about marketing and self-promotion. Bradlow believes it is critical for a worker in the financial sector -- especially those who are sole practitioners or run a small business -- to develop a brand identity to convince would-be clients to choose them over a large field of rivals. He advises business people to come up with three simple words to define a personal brand -- words that could describe a specialized skill set or simply community involvement.
"The most important part is being consistent, [to establish] brand consistency across the various channels," Bradlow says. That means a business person seeking to build buzz about himself or herself should convey the same message whether meeting people at a local luncheon or building a profile and communicating with friends by way of Facebook. It is also important to understand that different types of networking -- traditional or new media -- bring different pluses or minuses to the table, he adds. For example, financial planners who target clients in the "at-retirement" sector will have more success making social contacts at a golf club or winning referrals through other trusted professionals, such as lawyers, than by aggressively using Facebook or Twitter, which could even be off-putting to some older clients.
LinkedIn is by far and away the most popular business-oriented social network -- with more than 35 million registered users scattered across more than 170 industries -- but it is just one of a growing number of sites. Others include Ning, which allows specific businesses to create their own social networks of clients, employees and interested parties; Ryze, which allows organizers to better organize contact lists and schedules; and Xing, which aims to connect business people with experts or potential customers.
It's equally important to be aware of the potential pitfalls of the different online networking sites. In particular, some experts voice concern over business networking on Facebook, because it allows friends and acquaintances to freely post material that will also appear on a person's profile page; the risk is that someone else might post an inappropriate comment or photo that could actually scare away potential business contacts.
"Your professional branching-out can be comingling with your personal friends' accounts, and you are exposing all of them if somebody decides to give away your information or post something imprudent," says Andrea M. Matwyshyn, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton. She recommends that potential job seekers focus their activities on business-oriented sites such as LinkedIn, which are unlikely to pose the same risks.
Skip the Wild Parties
In fact, Matwyshyn says the recession -- and the greater risk of layoffs that comes with it -- can make Facebook even riskier as managers who make decisions about layoffs or about new hiring are increasingly exposed to online profiles. "People in this down economy are deciding whether to fire one person who has a picture of a wild party the night before [on Facebook] ... while [another] person who is on the chopping block has posted pictures of his family." Still, Matwyshyn acknowledges that she herself has an active Facebook profile because she found it an effective way to make contacts or trade information with other academics in her field of expertise.
Despite the risks, many experts are advising individuals to use the web and other tools to brand themselves. They note that until recently, executives and other professionals tended to market themselves through their resume and depended heavily on the reputation and branding of the employers they have worked for -- something that makes less sense in this roiled economy with so many layoffs and job changes.
Peter S. Fader, Wharton marketing professor and co-director of the Wharton Interactive Media Initiative, says establishing a personal brand is important in an age in which consumers are more skeptical and seeking a level of comfort and trust. "Before, receivers would usually play a passive role and accept a product because it was there. Now, they want to know what your source of credibility is and why they should trust you." He argues that this environment makes it possible for an investigative journalist, for example, to adhere to top professional standards through his relationship with his readers in what he calls "a grassroots manner. I think that's great."
Building an online identity also takes patience. Berger notes that at first, it is usually helpful to build a following by giving away something for free -- even if it's just nuggets of information or personal wisdom transmitted by blog postings or through commentary on Twitter. "People might enjoy that, and find that they're willing to pay for it in another outlet." Likewise, an attractive online personality could widen one's list of contacts to include people able to offer job opportunities down the road.
Bradlow believes that it's important to reach out to people who are "influencers," who will use word-of-mouth to spread information about you and your unique expertise to their own wide networks of social contacts -- a concept described by author Malcolm Gladwell in his best-selling book, The Tipping Point. "You need to seed the right people, to develop a word-of-mouth army," Bradlow says. "Everyone should have a list of 20 or 30 people who will act as their ambassadors."
For someone -- a white-collar middle manager, for example -- who might question whether he or she truly has enough unique abilities to create a personal brand, Bradlow notes the endeavor might not involve a skill as much as a specialized kind of training, or even something like philanthropic involvement in the community. The other thing he suggests to self-marketing newcomers, online or otherwise, is patience. "Branding is something that does not necessarily come with a short-term payoff. It's a long-term investment. Why does Coca-Cola spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising? It's not about increasing sales today; it's about building brand awareness."
Ask MacMillan, who is branding himself and his award-winning photography online and who is painfully aware of how long it takes to develop income. "I'm not trying to replace the revenue from my job through the direct revenue from my blog, because that doesn't happen," he says. "But the secondary revenue will be there."
4/14/2009 8:23:45 PM
Please send me your corporate videos (ie recruiting, diversity, product, corporate etc..)! We are launching our video library soon and want to make sure your company is well represented. In addition, we are finalizing the next Tech&Jobs Employment Guide. Our online version will include multi-media videos.
We will review the submitted videos and select one video to be included in the online multi-media magazine. Selected company will also receive a full page ad in the magazine at no charge.
If you have questions or comments, please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to letting the world know about why your company is the best employer and what it takes to work at your company.
PS -- Jobseekers - do you have a video detailing why an employer should hire you? Send me the video or a link to the video.
4/13/2009 10:43:07 AM
Two weeks ago, we published our first Tech and Jobs Employment Guide for CTIA (see www.telecomcareers.net/expo CTIA edition). In addition to providing a consolidated view of local, regional and global telecom related events, we profiled several associations including PCIA, the wireless infrastructure association; Texas State Wireless Association; Austin Technology Council, Austin Wireless Alliance and the Austin Chamber of Commerce (they have a digital media and wireless division).
Our mission is to provide our members and readers with a comprehensive listing authentic local professional networking opportunities. To help us serve you better, please tell us about your favorite local hot spot for professional networking.
4/13/2009 10:18:39 AM
Austin Technology Council (ATC) is teaming up with Telecom Careers to provide Austin with the opportunity to build authentic connections with companies and professionals within the tech, media and telecom (TMT) community while learning about trends, technologies and career opportunities. The Austin Technology Council and Telecom Careers,# 1 global telecom&wireless job board, are hitting the road with a Global “Get Real” Tour™, bringing industry organizations, industry professionals, CEOs, CIOs, IT Execs, job seekers and hiring managers together. Through keynote speakers, interactive technology pavilions, functional career workshops, pre-scheduled interviews, and entertainment it’s all about one thing - establishing real, face-to-face relationships.
After the workshops are over, relax and enjoy food and drinks at our After Hours Networking mixer from 5-8. Sponsor your own RockStar in our Guitar Hero “Smackdown” contest. Participants bid for one of 8 spots. Proceeds will be donated to local youth organizations including the First Tee of Greater Austin. Register now to reserve your booth, Extreme Early Bird registration ends April 10! Austin Date: June 24, 2009 Www.TelecomCareers.net/expo
4/7/2009 9:14:27 PM
Survey finds stilted job growth, but 2001 recession called worse
3/30/2009 5:05:23 PM
Last week I noticed a link touting an "Exclusive Look at Facebook's Main Data Center" and clicked through, only to encounter photos of the building housing the Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX). Apparently Facebook's mojo has made its presence the headline-grabber in any facility where it houses equipment. But veterans of the data center industry know that the PAIX, which is now operated by Switch and Data (SDXC), has a fabled history that predates the social networking boom.
In 1996 the PAIX facility was established as the first major carrier-neutral Internet exchange point, providing connectivity from multiple fiber providers. That bucked the trend at a time when most major exchange points were owned or controlled by telecom companies. The Palo Alto exchange was launched in the incubator labs of Digital Equipment, and its founders included Jay Adelson (who went on to found Equinix and Digg) and Paul Vixie (author of BIND and a key player in the DNS industry).
"The primary reasons the Palo Alto exchange existed was for interconnections," said Drew Leonard, a PAIX veteran who is now director product marketing for Switch and Data. "It wasn't a server farm. It was really customers who wanted access to the PAIX peering fabric."
That peering operation started in the basement, which quickly got crowded as demand for space grew. "We were putting people everywhere just to fit them in," Leonard recalled. The technical space was soon expanded to the first floor, and has since grown to encompass nearly the entire building.
HQ for Alta Vista
The PAIX site on Bryant Street was the first public school in Palo Alto, which is also home to Stanford University. The building eventually became part of Digital Equipment, and also served as the headquarters for DEC's Alta Vista when it was the top Internet search engine.
In 1999 the PAIX operation was bought by fiber provider Abovenet for $75 million, which set up a separate board to ensure the continued carrier neutrality of PAIX. Abovenet soon became Metromedia Fiber Network and expanded PAIX into a brand for carrier-neutral facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Seattle and Vienna, Va. in addition to the original Palo Alto site.
MFN wound up in Chapter 11 in 2002, and Switch and Data stepped forward to purchase the PAIX assets from the bankruptcy court for $40 million. The PAIX acquisition formed the nucleus of Switch and Data's interconnection business, which has since grown to more than 20,800 cross-connects generating $13.6 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2008.
More Colo Space Added
Switch and Data expanded the Palo Alto building in 2006. "We went through a seismic retrofit, there was a power upgrade, and we opened the second floor to colocation," said Leonard. "When we did that, it really opened up a new line of business. Today there's about 45,000 square feet of space."
The PAIX building still doesn't host high-density server farms, but houses equipment for nearly 100 providers exchanging network traffic. "It's all about optimizing traffic," said Leonard. "Palo Alto offers a unique opportunity as the primary peering point between Asia and the US. That's where the handoff between the Asian networks and US networks takes place."
And yes, that includes Facebook. Switch and Data doesn't identify its tenants, but peering records confirm that Facebook uses the Palo Alto facility as one of seven sites it uses to route global network traffic among its 150 million users - most of whom may not remember Alta Vista, but continue to experience the benefits of the carrier-neutral model.
3/13/2009 3:04:49 PM
David Pogue, personal technology writer for the New York Times posted this article yesterday with his thoughts on Google Voice and how it might change the industry. Post a comment and let us know you thoughts on how (or if) Google Voice will make an impact....
Original article here.
One Number to Ring Them All By DAVID POGUE If Google search revolutionized the Web, and Gmail revolutionized free e-mail, then one thing’s for sure: Google Voice, unveiled Thursday, will revolutionize telephones. Google Voice began life in 2005 as something called GrandCentral. It was, in its own way, revolutionary. It was intended to solve the headaches of having more than one phone number (home, work, cellphone and so on): Having to check multiple answering machines. Missing calls when people try to reach you on your cell when you’re at home (or the other way around). Sending around e-mail at work that says, “On Thursday from 5 to 8:30, I’ll be on my cell; for the rest of the weekend, call me at home.” And having to change phone numbers when you switched jobs or cities. GrandCentral’s solution was to offer you a new, single, unified phone number, in an area code of your choice. Whenever somebody dialed your uni-number, all of your phones rang at once. No longer did people have to track you down by dialing multiple numbers; no matter where you were, your uni-number found you. And all voice mail messages landed in a single voice mail box, on the Web. (You could also dial in to hear them as usual.) On the Web, you could play back your messages or even download them as audio files to preserve for posterity. You could even ask to be notified of new voice mail by e-mail. But wait, there was more. Each time you answered a call, while the caller was still hearing “one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies,” you heard a recording offering four ways to handle the call: “Press 1 to accept, 2 to send to voice mail, 3 to listen in on voice mail, or 4 to accept and record the call.” If you pressed 3, the call went directly to voice mail, but you could listen in. If you felt that the caller deserved your immediate attention, you could press * to pick up and join the call. This subtle feature saved time, conserved cellular minutes and, in certain cases, avoided a great deal of interpersonal conflict. GrandCentral also let you record a different voice mail greeting for each person in your address book: “Hey, dollface, leave me a sweet nothing” for your love interest, “Hi, boss, I’m out making us both some money” for your employer. You could also specify which phones would ring when certain people called. (For the really annoying people in your life, you could even tell GrandCentral to answer with the classic, three-tone “The number you have dialed is no longer in service” message.) Also very cool: Any time during a call, you could press the * key to make all of your phones ring again, so that you could pick up on a different phone in midcall. If you were heading out the door, you could switch a landline call to your cellphone. GrandCentral also offered telemarketing spam filters, off-hour call blocking (“never ring my BlackBerry on weekends”), and a dizzying number of other functions. For people with complicated lives, GrandCentral was a breath of fresh air. It felt like a secret power that nobody else had. Then, in 2007, Google bought GrandCentral. It stopped accepting new members, ceased any visible work on it, and, apparently, forgot about it completely. The early adopters, several hundred thousand of them, were able to keep using GrandCentral’s features. But as time went on, their hearts sank. In January, Salon.com summed it up in an editorial called, “Will the Last One to Leave GrandCentral Please Turn Out the Lights?” As it turns out, the joke was on them. Google was quietly working on GrandCentral all along. Starting Thursday, existing GrandCentral members can upgrade to Google Voice. In a few weeks, after debugging the system, Google will open the service to all. Google Voice starts with a clean, redesigned Web site that looks like an in-box, à la Gmail. It maintains all of those original GrandCentral features — but more important, introduces four game-changing new ones. FREE VOICE MAIL TRANSCRIPTIONS From now on, you don’t have to listen to your messages in order; you don’t have to listen to them at all. In seconds, these recordings are converted into typed text. They show up as e-mail messages or text messages on your cellphone. This is huge. It means that you can search, sort, save, forward, copy and paste voice mail messages. No human effort is involved; it’s all done with software. As a result, the transcriptions are rarely perfect. For one thing, Google’s software doesn’t seem to have discovered punctuation yet. (“ohh hi it’s michelle i just wanted to let you know that i really had fun last night and it’s really great to see you okay talk to you later bye bye.”) There are errors, of course; it’s hard enough for people to understand cellphone conversations, let alone computers. Cleverly enough, the Web site displays transcribed words more faintly (light gray) when it is less confident about the transcription. Fortunately, it generally nails numbers — phone numbers, arrival times, addresses. And the rest is accurate enough to convey the gist. Companies like PhoneTag, Callwave and Spinvox already transcribe voice mail, complete with punctuation. They’re great, but they cost money. Google Voice is free. FREE CONFERENCE CALLING Never again will you pay for a conference call, or require a special dial-in number, or mess around with access codes. All you do is tell your friends to call your GrandCentral at the specified time — and boom, you can conference them in as they call you. No charge. DIRT-CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLS If you dial your own Google Voice number from one of your phones, you’re offered an option to call overseas at rates even lower than Skype’s (and much lower than your cellphone company’s): 2 cents a minute to France or China, 3 cents to Chile or the Czech Republic. Sweet. TEXT MESSAGE ORGANIZATION Google Voice’s last feature is its most profound. The old GrandCentral wasn’t great with text messages sent to your uni-number. In fact, it ignored them. They just disappeared. Google Voice, however, does the right thing: it sends text messages to whichever cellphones you want — even multiple phones simultaneously. Even more important, it collects them in your Web in-box just like e-mail. You can file them, search them and, for the first time in cellphone history, keep them. They don’t vanish forever once your cellphone gets full. You can also reply to them with a click, either with a call or another text; your back-and-forths appear online as a conversation. Google Voice eliminates some of the annoyances of its predecessor. You can, if you wish, turn off that “press 1, press 2” option, so when the phone rings, you can just pick it up and start talking. Google has also done some Googlish integration; for example, your Gmail and Google Voice address books are the same. Nitpicks? Sure. The service has vastly beefed up its selection of available uni-numbers, but there are still some area codes you can’t get (212 is especially rare). As a side effect of Google Voice’s ring-all-phones-at-once technology, you sometimes find fragments of Google Voice error recordings on the answering machines of the phones you didn’t answer. (Solution: make your voice mail greeting at least 15 seconds long.) There’s a learning curve to all of this, too. Still, you can’t imagine how much the game changes when you have a single phone number, voice mail transcriptions and nondeleting text messages on every phone. Suddenly, your communications are not only unified, but they’re unified everywhere at once — the cellphone, the Web and the e-mail program. And all of it free — even ad-free. There may be some fallout as a result; I’d hate to be a company that sells voice mail transcription or conferencing calling services right about now. But that’s life, right? Every now and then, a little revolution is good for us. E-mail: email@example.com
One Number to Ring Them All
By DAVID POGUE
If Google search revolutionized the Web, and Gmail revolutionized free e-mail, then one thing’s for sure: Google Voice, unveiled Thursday, will revolutionize telephones.It unifies your phone numbers, transcribes your voice mail, blocks telemarketers and elevates text messages to first-class communication citizens. And that’s just the warm-up.
Google Voice began life in 2005 as something called GrandCentral. It was, in its own way, revolutionary.
It was intended to solve the headaches of having more than one phone number (home, work, cellphone and so on): Having to check multiple answering machines. Missing calls when people try to reach you on your cell when you’re at home (or the other way around). Sending around e-mail at work that says, “On Thursday from 5 to 8:30, I’ll be on my cell; for the rest of the weekend, call me at home.” And having to change phone numbers when you switched jobs or cities.
GrandCentral’s solution was to offer you a new, single, unified phone number, in an area code of your choice. Whenever somebody dialed your uni-number, all of your phones rang at once.
No longer did people have to track you down by dialing multiple numbers; no matter where you were, your uni-number found you. And all voice mail messages landed in a single voice mail box, on the Web. (You could also dial in to hear them as usual.)
On the Web, you could play back your messages or even download them as audio files to preserve for posterity. You could even ask to be notified of new voice mail by e-mail.
But wait, there was more. Each time you answered a call, while the caller was still hearing “one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies,” you heard a recording offering four ways to handle the call: “Press 1 to accept, 2 to send to voice mail, 3 to listen in on voice mail, or 4 to accept and record the call.” If you pressed 3, the call went directly to voice mail, but you could listen in. If you felt that the caller deserved your immediate attention, you could press * to pick up and join the call. This subtle feature saved time, conserved cellular minutes and, in certain cases, avoided a great deal of interpersonal conflict.
GrandCentral also let you record a different voice mail greeting for each person in your address book: “Hey, dollface, leave me a sweet nothing” for your love interest, “Hi, boss, I’m out making us both some money” for your employer.
You could also specify which phones would ring when certain people called. (For the really annoying people in your life, you could even tell GrandCentral to answer with the classic, three-tone “The number you have dialed is no longer in service” message.)
Also very cool: Any time during a call, you could press the * key to make all of your phones ring again, so that you could pick up on a different phone in midcall. If you were heading out the door, you could switch a landline call to your cellphone.
GrandCentral also offered telemarketing spam filters, off-hour call blocking (“never ring my BlackBerry on weekends”), and a dizzying number of other functions. For people with complicated lives, GrandCentral was a breath of fresh air. It felt like a secret power that nobody else had.
Then, in 2007, Google bought GrandCentral. It stopped accepting new members, ceased any visible work on it, and, apparently, forgot about it completely. The early adopters, several hundred thousand of them, were able to keep using GrandCentral’s features. But as time went on, their hearts sank. In January, Salon.com summed it up in an editorial called, “Will the Last One to Leave GrandCentral Please Turn Out the Lights?”
As it turns out, the joke was on them. Google was quietly working on GrandCentral all along. Starting Thursday, existing GrandCentral members can upgrade to Google Voice. In a few weeks, after debugging the system, Google will open the service to all.
Google Voice starts with a clean, redesigned Web site that looks like an in-box, à la Gmail. It maintains all of those original GrandCentral features — but more important, introduces four game-changing new ones.
FREE VOICE MAIL TRANSCRIPTIONS From now on, you don’t have to listen to your messages in order; you don’t have to listen to them at all. In seconds, these recordings are converted into typed text. They show up as e-mail messages or text messages on your cellphone.
This is huge. It means that you can search, sort, save, forward, copy and paste voice mail messages.
No human effort is involved; it’s all done with software. As a result, the transcriptions are rarely perfect. For one thing, Google’s software doesn’t seem to have discovered punctuation yet. (“ohh hi it’s michelle i just wanted to let you know that i really had fun last night and it’s really great to see you okay talk to you later bye bye.”)
There are errors, of course; it’s hard enough for people to understand cellphone conversations, let alone computers. Cleverly enough, the Web site displays transcribed words more faintly (light gray) when it is less confident about the transcription. Fortunately, it generally nails numbers — phone numbers, arrival times, addresses. And the rest is accurate enough to convey the gist.
Companies like PhoneTag, Callwave and Spinvox already transcribe voice mail, complete with punctuation. They’re great, but they cost money. Google Voice is free.
FREE CONFERENCE CALLING Never again will you pay for a conference call, or require a special dial-in number, or mess around with access codes. All you do is tell your friends to call your GrandCentral at the specified time — and boom, you can conference them in as they call you. No charge.
DIRT-CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLS If you dial your own Google Voice number from one of your phones, you’re offered an option to call overseas at rates even lower than Skype’s (and much lower than your cellphone company’s): 2 cents a minute to France or China, 3 cents to Chile or the Czech Republic. Sweet.
TEXT MESSAGE ORGANIZATION Google Voice’s last feature is its most profound. The old GrandCentral wasn’t great with text messages sent to your uni-number. In fact, it ignored them. They just disappeared.
Google Voice, however, does the right thing: it sends text messages to whichever cellphones you want — even multiple phones simultaneously.
Even more important, it collects them in your Web in-box just like e-mail. You can file them, search them and, for the first time in cellphone history, keep them. They don’t vanish forever once your cellphone gets full.
You can also reply to them with a click, either with a call or another text; your back-and-forths appear online as a conversation.
Google Voice eliminates some of the annoyances of its predecessor. You can, if you wish, turn off that “press 1, press 2” option, so when the phone rings, you can just pick it up and start talking. Google has also done some Googlish integration; for example, your Gmail and Google Voice address books are the same.
Nitpicks? Sure. The service has vastly beefed up its selection of available uni-numbers, but there are still some area codes you can’t get (212 is especially rare). As a side effect of Google Voice’s ring-all-phones-at-once technology, you sometimes find fragments of Google Voice error recordings on the answering machines of the phones you didn’t answer. (Solution: make your voice mail greeting at least 15 seconds long.) There’s a learning curve to all of this, too.
Still, you can’t imagine how much the game changes when you have a single phone number, voice mail transcriptions and nondeleting text messages on every phone. Suddenly, your communications are not only unified, but they’re unified everywhere at once — the cellphone, the Web and the e-mail program. And all of it free — even ad-free.
There may be some fallout as a result; I’d hate to be a company that sells voice mail transcription or conferencing calling services right about now. But that’s life, right? Every now and then, a little revolution is good for us.
3/11/2009 7:13:42 PM
Wanted to make sure everyone was up to speed on the ATT news. Original article can be found here.
MARCH 10, 2009
Despite a capex cut of up to $3 billion this year, ATT Inc. (NYSE: T) made it clear today that it intends to spend to improve and expand its 3G network -- adding 3,000 jobs in the process to support "mobility, broadband, and video." That's slight counterbalance to the 12,000 job cuts ATT announced in December. (See ATT to Cut 12,000 Jobs .) ATT acknowledged this in today's press release, saying it expected to continue cutting jobs in its wireline operations. ATT reiterated that it's going to spend $17 billion to $18 billion this year. That's about even with its $17.7 billion in capital expenditures (capex) in 2007, but it represents a 10 to 15 percent cut from the $20.3 billion the carrier spent in 2008. The capex figure is about what ATT predicted during its most recent earnings announcement.(See ATT Cuts Capex by up to $3B.) ATT has said, though, that it expects to keep its international spending at around the 2008 level of $1 billion. ATT's plans for 2009 spending include a lot of 3G work -- no surprise, considering 3G was a big earner for ATT in 2008 with total wireless revenues up over 15 percent on 2007 to $49.3 billion. Much of this increase was driven by buoyant wireless data revenues and the continued success of the 3G iPhone About two thirds of ATT's capex this year will go toward increasing network coverage. Specifically, the operator intends to expand 3G service to 20 new markets this year with more markets converting to 850 MHz for better indoor coverage. It already covers nearly 350 markets with its 3G network. The network will get faster too: ATT intends to ramp up its high-speed packet access (HSPA) network to provide download speeds of 7.2 Mbit/s with "bursts" in the 20 Mbit/s range. In the home, ATT wants to expand 3G coverage with tiny base stations, promising "customer trials leading toward general availability of ATT 3G MicroCell offerings, which utilize femtocells and home broadband connections to enhance in-building wireless coverage." The firm also said that it will continue adding to its 20,000-plus network of WiFi hotspots in the U.S. The press release quotes chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying data traffic on ATT's network is growing at 50 percent per year.
Despite a capex cut of up to $3 billion this year, ATT Inc. (NYSE: T) made it clear today that it intends to spend to improve and expand its 3G network -- adding 3,000 jobs in the process to support "mobility, broadband, and video."
That's slight counterbalance to the 12,000 job cuts ATT announced in December. (See ATT to Cut 12,000 Jobs .) ATT acknowledged this in today's press release, saying it expected to continue cutting jobs in its wireline operations.
ATT reiterated that it's going to spend $17 billion to $18 billion this year. That's about even with its $17.7 billion in capital expenditures (capex) in 2007, but it represents a 10 to 15 percent cut from the $20.3 billion the carrier spent in 2008.
The capex figure is about what ATT predicted during its most recent earnings announcement.(See ATT Cuts Capex by up to $3B.)
ATT has said, though, that it expects to keep its international spending at around the 2008 level of $1 billion.
ATT's plans for 2009 spending include a lot of 3G work -- no surprise, considering 3G was a big earner for ATT in 2008 with total wireless revenues up over 15 percent on 2007 to $49.3 billion. Much of this increase was driven by buoyant wireless data revenues and the continued success of the 3G iPhone
About two thirds of ATT's capex this year will go toward increasing network coverage. Specifically, the operator intends to expand 3G service to 20 new markets this year with more markets converting to 850 MHz for better indoor coverage. It already covers nearly 350 markets with its 3G network.
The network will get faster too: ATT intends to ramp up its high-speed packet access (HSPA) network to provide download speeds of 7.2 Mbit/s with "bursts" in the 20 Mbit/s range.
In the home, ATT wants to expand 3G coverage with tiny base stations, promising "customer trials leading toward general availability of ATT 3G MicroCell offerings, which utilize femtocells and home broadband connections to enhance in-building wireless coverage."
The firm also said that it will continue adding to its 20,000-plus network of WiFi hotspots in the U.S.
The press release quotes chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying data traffic on ATT's network is growing at 50 percent per year.
2/26/2009 2:13:47 PM
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2/11/2009 10:59:21 AM
With Wall Street on a slide, the collapsing housing market, and a soaring unemployment rate, our country is undoubtedly facing economic uncertainties that are impacting all industries throughout the U.S. Cutbacks are prevalent; and while all sectors have been hit, the impact on telecommunications seems to be minimal compared to the magnitude of announced layoffs. From cable slicers (copper) to OSP engineers, telecom job skills are still hot in spite of the state of our economy.
“Despite the abundance of media stories regarding layoffs and unemployment, there are still many job opportunities in the telecom industry,” said Ron Deese, Vice President, Allstates’ Telecom Division. “With more than 60 years in the staffing industry, Allstates brings the experience needed to match those opportunities with the professionals that have the right skill sets.”
For Allstates Technical Services, telecom professionals such as COEI technicians, tower technicians and construction managers are still in demand at many client sites in particular in the northeast and southeast. Furthermore, growth and maintenance of wireless communications which has become imperative to modern life, does not show signs of significant slow down.
Only time will tell how the telecom industry will fare in these tough economic times; but, drivers of telecom jobs such as wireless and wireline communications indicate that this industry is weathering the storm and is well positioned for growth.
Since 1945, Allstates Technical Services has put the right people to work as a full-service provider of staffing solutions in the country's leading project and technology-driven companies.
Allstates serves clients nationwide providing contract recruiting, staffing and direct placement services of technical and project support personnel. With nearly 1,000 employees working throughout the U.S. and internationally each day, Allstates has earned a reputation for fostering the type of environment that provides for challenge and professional reward. We can offer employees many benefits and have the distinction of managing 30-plus year careers of many of our best employees. We’re in the best position to put you to work and keep you there.
Allstates’ Telecom Division uses a comprehensive approach to find qualified telecom talent to fulfill client staffing needs for project management, installation and everything in between. Telecom skill sets that we staff for include: Tower Technicians, Project Managers, Construction Managers, Construction Supervisors, Field Reps (Construction), IandR Technicians, OSP Engineers, OSP Planners, CXR Engineers, Switch Technicians, Central Office Technicians, Central Office Installers, Site Acquisition Managers, Field Installation Managers, Field Installation Technicians, Scheduling Professionals, Safety/Quality Specialists, Drafters/CAD Operators, RCDD Cabling Engineers, COE Engineers, BICS Engineers, DC Power Technicians, ISP Engineers.
For more information, visit www.asts.net
2/4/2009 2:42:43 PM
At a time of deepening economic concerns, encouraging more young Texans to get the appropriate training
to fill the available positions in the skilled trades becomes even more important than in good times. We need to
match skills training to the needs of the modern workplace, and that doesn't necessarily require a four-year college
A college diploma signifies one kind of preparation for life. Thanks to rapid advances in science and
technology, another kind of diploma (just as valuable to society) is a credential certifying that the individual in
question has received the training necessary for a particular kind of skilled work.
Whatever we call the certificate, it is significant because it shows that the student has been well prepared to
work in a particular field of endeavor. The name doesn't matter. The standardized, supervised, preparation it
represents is what counts.
More and more Americans are receiving these credentials, but Texas, and the country as a whole, can do a
lot more to train the individuals needed to handle the work that is there to be done.
Here's one example. If you want a construction worker trained to the exacting standards of the construction
industry, you want to make sure that the person hired has the ability to do the job. One way to do that is for the
worker to have a certificate showing training with the appropriate curriculum designed by an organization like the
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), in Gainesville, Fla. NCCER is a 12-year-old
nonprofit organization created by construction industry leaders to help ensure that tomorrow's workers receive
today the specialized training and preparation they need.
NCCER tailored an instruction curriculum to fit standards developed by the industry as a whole. It's a
national curriculum, consistent with federal guidelines. And here's the real beauty of it: Graduates acquire portable
skills. What qualifies them for work in Texas also qualifies them for comparable work in many other states.
It gets better yet. A document certifying skills training of a higher order is a point of pride for the one who
carries it. It tells the world he or she knows the job and how to do it: the very same message a college diploma is
meant to convey.
The construction industry's needs happen to be large, as I was reminded in a recent conversation with Ed
Prevatt, senior manager for workforce development at NCCER. According to the NCCER, U.S. schools aren't
"preparing young people for the career opportunities that are available in our workplace."
The NCCER study points out that "28 percent of today's ninth-graders will complete college, but
only 20 percent of the jobs will require a four-year degree … 32 percent of the population will have the
necessary skills that 65 percent of the jobs will require." Prevatt told me 275,000 construction jobs go unfilled
every year due to the lack of worker training. And that's before the baby boomers, some 75 million strong,
begin retiring in large numbers. Prevatt also told me about a study which shows that high school graduates
with NCCER training earn, over a lifetime, $375,000 more than they would have otherwise.
What works in construction would work with all skilled trades. And, by the way, nearly all trades and
occupations these days are skilled. Technology sets the pace. Gone are the days when a strong back was all the
qualification one needed for many American jobs. Nuclear development, nursing, refinery operation,
computer science – the whole roster of modern jobs – requires a knowledge of the basics combined with
appropriate skills training.
Job preparation, under the model I am talking about, can be tied to an existing secondary school,
community college, or qualified job-training provider. The time necessary to complete it can be a matter of
months or two years or more, depending on the difficulty or technical nature of the particular job. Flexibility
A good job is a goal that any successful society strives to make available. Having a recognizable skill
and using one's talents to fill needed demands in the workforce is my definition of a good job. Work boosts
the worker's morale, gives a sense of purpose in life, and a reason to get out of bed in the morning. In addition,
proficiency in a skilled trade can become a path to a secure economic future, even in difficult times that we are
It's high time we got over the notion that a four-year college degree is the only piece of paper that
shows a man's or woman's readiness for success and achievement. No well-trained worker is a second-class
citizen. He or she is a contributor to the economic well-being of our society and to the long-term good of the
place called home.
Tom Pauken is the Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.
Media Contact: Ann Hatchitt Phone: 512-463-8556
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers
and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the programs it offers in unison with its
network of local workforce development boards call (512) 463-8556 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.
1/28/2009 8:21:00 AM
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1/14/2009 11:58:44 PM
As a follow up to Wireless 101 Part 1: A Brief History of Wireless Webinar, our guest commentator Iain Gillott has kindly offered to answer some of the questions we could not get to during the session. Please click here to view the recorded webinars or register for parts 3-4 of the series.
Q: Are they ever going to make the Broadband access cards for computers more reliable so far as maintaining connections, (reducing drop out)?
A: The short answer is yes. The connection quality is dependent on the antenna in the laptop (these will get better with new designs) and the coverage of the network. Also, ATT will soon start to integrate WiFi connectivity based on its recent Wayport acquisition. Remember when a reliable voice connection was hard to find? Data connectivity will evolve the same way and it will get better.
Q: Is the 3G backwards compatible to the 2G network? 2.5G?
A: Yes - a UMTS device will work on EDGE, GPRS and GSM. And a CDMA2000 device will support IS-95a CDMA. There are also some devices that support both CDMA2000 and GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS for roaming (Verizon Wireless has these for use on Vodafone's networks when roaming).
Q: How is cell phone usage replacing the traditional land line phone and what is expected that to be in the future?
A: About 25 percent of cellular subscribers, principally those aged under 30, do not have a landline. Typically, a college grad moving into their first apartment will have their cell phone and a broadband connection. And more households are expected to cut the landline as the economy sours - disconnecting the landline is an easy way to save money, especially in the 60 percent of households that have a cellular family rate plan.
Q: Is the 4G gsm standard going to be universal, i.e. will I be able to use my U.S. gsm phone in Europe? Will the US and Europe work together?
A: LTE will be universal and will support roaming, dependent on frequency. Verizon Wireless is planning to allow roaming immediately into Vodafone properties.
Q: Do you know how the world economy is going to effect the growth of the industry?
A: Well, few people are going to disconnect their mobile phones - cellular is seen as necessity these days, rather than discretionary spending. They are more likely to disconnect their landline phone. But people are delaying handset purchases or replacements. And operators are delaying capital expenditures as much as possible, which is seriously affecting the infrastructure vendors. So generally, good to be an operator, bad to be an equipment or device vendor.
Q: Is there such a thing as secure wireless?
A: Sure. The old analog networks leaked like a sieve but the digital networks were much tighter. Today, there are multiple levels of security available and wireless networks can be made extremely secure. The weak link is always the people involved - employees can be bribed or blackmailed to access private information - for example, peeking into a celebrity's email. This can occur on landline and wireless - it is not a fault of the technology :)
Q: Does the 220k base stations include in-building systems?
A: Yes, this is a statistic from the CTIA and it includes micro and pico cells in-building.
Q: There's been a lot of recent consolidation among the mobile carriers in the US. How much more do you see happening in the next 24 months or so?
A: Not as much - the recent wave of consolidation was probably due to the change in administration (the Obama administration is not expected to be as friendly to consolidation) and the act that the FCC chairmanship will change. Also, the financial markets are not conducive to merger and acquisition at present. If some operators enter bankruptcy, that may trigger some acquisitions.
Q: What will happen with the abandoned frequencies the old technologies operated on? Can new Technology be deployed on the old frequency?
A: Operators do not abandon spectrum - it is far too valuable. Instead, new technologies are deployed in the old frequencies as the redundant network is decommissioned. Operators and live and die for spectrum - bandwidth is very valuable and no operator will ever admit they have enough spectrum!
Iain Gillott - iGR Research
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1/14/2009 11:26:05 PM
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