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Top Stories of the Week - July 2, 2011

LightSquared closes deal with VoIP provider while awaits FCC Approval

On the same day that FedEx and the New York City Fire Department joined the anti-LightSquared "Coalition to Save Our GPS," LightSquared landed a new customer in low-cost VoIP provider NetTalk.com.

Under the agreement, NetTalk.com would use LightSquared's proposed, multi-billion dollar 4G LTE network, which still needs to pass one final layer of approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Survey say pay TV operators should embrace connected CE movement

The rise of Internet-connected consumer electronics devices, including TVs, suggests that pay TV operators should embrace online video as soon as possible rather than be late to catch the wave, according to survey results from ABI Research.

The research firm asked 2,000 consumers, and only 10 percent of them did not subscribe to some kind of pay TV service package. Meanwhile, consumers with connected CE devices are streaming between seven and eight hours of TV content every week to those devices, a figure that should give cable TV and IPTV service providers alike something to think about.

Telstra plans to stream Twentieth Century Fox movies via IPTV

Telstra’s director of IPTV, Ben Kinealy, announced the agreement would increase BigPond Movies’ catalogue to more than 2,500 titles by the end of 2011, including some of Twentieth Century Fox’s most popular releases such as Black Swan, Gulliver’s Travels, The Devil Wears Prada, Night at the Museum, and films from the X-Men and Home Alone franchises.

Telstra said last January the company plans to offer BigPond Movies to both LG and Samsung Internet enabled TVs under partnerships with those manufacturers.

Fring Video Calling Comes To iPad, Supports Cross Platform Affairs

Fring is one of the most popular VOIP clients we’ve seen and it has evolved dramatically since its first launch as a text-centric IM tool in 2007 to a full-fledged VOIP client capable of group video calling.

Picture in focus: Fring now supports group video calls on iPad. In the latest press release, the London-based company announced Fring video calling for iPad app. Fring iPad Group video app, as the name suggests, is a dedicated Group video calling app for Apple’s magical iPad tablet.

Panasonic lead American market in IP telephony sales

Panasonic garnered number one spot for market share in North America for 2010 and for the first quarter of 2011, according to information technology market research firm T3i Group.

Detailed surveys from North America say that Panasonic is making headway in the business phone system market. Panasonic had a 26 per cent market share in IP-enabled technology, 3 points lead over the next highest ranked technology vendor, Cisco.