The hub of mobile infrastructure in the U.S. may be in North Dallas, but the allure of Silicon Valley is bringing more telecom vendors to the Bay Area. Nokia Siemens is the latest, announcing the opening of one of its Smart Labs in Mountain View.
Nokia Siemens Networks, the struggling telecommunications gear joint venture, announced it is cutting 17,000 jobs as it tries to restructure the company with a focus on mobile broadband. The layoffs will cut 23 percent of NSN’s workforce and will save the company about $1.3 billion.
Copper, thanks to new generation DSL technologies is staying competitive with fiber and cable broadband. Today, a new breakthrough shows that it will only be a matter of time before DSL broadband crosses the 800 Mbps threshold. For now lets’s settle for 100 Mbps DSL.
Almost a year after Nortel filed for bankruptcy, we take a look at what’s left of the 114-year-old company that began as Northern Electric and Manufacturing to sell telephones to Canadians. All that remains are some patents and an IP phone joint venture with LG.
Today, Saul Hansell of the New York Times used two surveys — the Nokia Siemens Connectivity Report and a Pew survey — to write a post titled “Surprise: America is No. 1 in Broadband,” which not only argues that we’re No. 1, but also tries to refute the fact that “Americans are starving for broadband.”
I have several issues with this. The first is that the results of the Nokia Siemens survey shouldn’t come as a surprise, because in last year’s version of the same survey, America was No. 1, and the second is that the Nokia Siemens survey says that, even at No. 1, the U.S. (along with other countries) has little room for complacency when it comes to improving the use of broadband in our country. It specifically calls for laying more fiber, in part to drive faster speeds. According to the report, incumbent telecom operators offer broadband speeds of more than 50Mbps in only 8 of 25 “innovation driven economies” as of December 2007. Read More about Broadband: Damned Lies Edition