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Skype pushes mobile video; buys Qik

Internet telephony player Skype has agreed to acquire Qik, a US-based mobile video sharing platform, which will give the VoIP firm greater capabilities in the mobile telephony market.

Verizon expands IaaS worldwide

Verizon Global Wholesale is expanding its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) beyond US, Europe and Asia Pacific to wholesale customers globally.

Verizon expands MPLS offering in Africa

US carrier Verizon has formed an alliance with Gateway Business Africa that will expand Verizon Business Private IP network capabilities in several African countries.The agreement allows Verizon Business to leverage Gateway’s network presence and extend coverage of the Verizon MPLS network to an additional 14 pan-African countries by using interconnection points between the companies’ networks.

Verizon launches M2M management centre

Verizon has launched its Machine to Machine Management Center, giving enterprise customers near real-time access to monitor M2M wireless devices. Customers can access the platform directly through Verizon’s MyBusiness or the Verizon Enterprise Center, or through customers’ business-specific applications, developed using nPhase’s unified web services SDK. The solution is a product of nPhase – the joint venture between Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless.

Verizon details US LTE launch plans

US carrier Verizon has unveiled plans to launch commercial LTE services in 38 major metropolitan areas, providing coverage for around 110 million Americans by the end of the year. The 4G technology will also be deployed in 60 or so airports nationwide by other key cities.

Qualcomm hints strongly at Flo TV switch-off

US vendor Qualcomm has given the strongest indication yet that it is set to call time on its Flo TV mobile TV service. The firm has announced that it is to suspend direct to consumer sales of service and devices immediately, and has committed to maintaining service for existing D2C customers only until spring 2011. The firm said that it would offer refunds to users “in the event of a discontinuance of service”, suggesting that this is the probable outcome, and conceded that it was expecting to have to make “some layoffs”.

Verizon opens up with developer APIs

US telco Verizon Wireless on Wednesday made a total of 20 different APIs (application programming interfaces) available to developers, opening up its network to new messaging and location-based services.

AT&T to launch LTE in mid-2011

US carrier AT&T has revealed more of its plans to deploy LTE technology in the US, ahead of a proposed launch in the summer of 2011.

Google and Verizon try to decide future of internet

Turns out Google and Verizon were up to something after all. Behind the scenes the two companies have been doing what the FCC failed to do – forge a compromise agreement on net neutrality. The only thing is that the wording of the agreement raises some of the same concerns that emerged last week when word of the deal was first heard.

Concern grows over net neutrality compromise

The internet was humming on Thursday night and Friday morning with rampant speculation over a supposed deal between web giant Google and US carrier Verizon that many industry watchers fear as the end of the internet as we know it.

Icahn boosts Motorola stake amid TV tablet rumours

Billionaire investor and corporate activist Carl Icahn is once again making his presence felt at US handset vendor Motorola, after buying up enough stock to become the company’s biggest shareholder.

Verizon extends app store on BlackBerry turf

US carrier Verizon Wireless rolled its own-branded app store out across more BlackBerry devices this week, intensifying competition in the space and going up against RIM’s own offering.

Droid X makes appearance as iPhone 4 launches

Keeping up the pace with its successful Android-based handset foray, Motorola on Thursday announced the latest addition to its Droid portfolio – the Droid X. The forthcoming device will see the US vendor continue its partnership with local CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless, which will offer the device from July 15.

Verizon favours Android for tablet device

By Thursday morning the internet was abuzz with speculation that US carrier Verizon Wireless is collaborating with Google on the development of an iPad rival.

Nexus One will not be available on Verizon

Google has announced on a blog posting that a version of its Nexus One handset that is compatible with US carrier Verizon’s CDMA network will now not be made available. When the handset was launched in January this year, Google said that it would be partnering with Verizon to distribute the phone “in the future”. The announcement raises questions over Google’s commitment to a CDMA-based version of the Nexus One.

Droid goes Incredible

HTC continues to fly the flag for Android, this time with a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO handset designed for the Verizon Wireless network in the US.

Skype makes quick exit from US Ovi Store

Internet telephony player Skype has demonstrated the importance of its newfound relationship with Verizon Wireless, by pulling the Symbian version of its VoIP app from the US Ovi Store.

Verizon cosies up to Skype

Internet telephony provider Skype and US carrier Verizon Wireless have joined forces to create a global mobile calling community.

Verizon to cut 13,000 fixed line workers

US carrier Verizon Communications announced plans to cut a further 13,000 fixed line staff this year, as operating income for the fourth quarter of 2009 dropped 11.5 per cent year on year.

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