Top Stories of the Week – April 21, 2012

netTALK releases low-cost wireless VoIP telephone device, a telecoms, consumer electronics and cloud technology company, said that the netTALK DUO WiFi, the world's first wireless VoIP telephone device, is now available online at their site and at major retail stores in the U.S.

"With the launch of netTALK DUO WiFi, the company is continuing to be the first-to-market technology innovation leader, as compared to the competition," said Anastasios 'Takis' Kyriakides, President and CEO.

Etisalat, UAE soon to offer VoIP services

Etisalat, UAE will offer VoIP services by the end of the second quarter this 2012. Skype is among the VoIP providers which are officially banned in the UAE, as the government tries to stop outside competition for the two domestic operators. Media reports say that Etisalat and Du are the only companies licensed for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.

Essa Haddad, Etisalat's chief commercial officer said that they are planning to provide VoIP services before 2012 ends. He said any price change has to be approved by government regulators and it takes time.

Telairity continues to lead in Chinaencoder market

U.S.-based Telairity, the global leader in encoding technology, said recently that the company achieved two more major milestones in providing encoding technology equipment to the People's Republic of China: the sale of multi-channel SD 7000 series encoders as the cornerstone of an advanced DTV terrestrial network being installed throughout Sichuan Province; and the sale of its ultra-low bitrate SD/mobile 9000 series encoders for China Telecom's nationwide IPTV system.

Network Equipment Technologies supports Jordan Ahli Bank's aim to improve their country’s communications with unified communications

Network Equipment Technologies, a provider of enterprise-class networking solutions optimized for secure real-time communications in unified communications (UC), SIP Trunking and enterprise mobility, recently announced that Ahli Bank, a Jordan-based public financial institution, is successfully deploying NET's VX Series as the organization's strategic IP telephony solution to upgrade communication and to gain cost efficiencies while expanding unified communications (UC) capabilities throughout the organization.

Intel deals with mobile phone maker Lava raises queries

Last April 18, strong rumors emerged that the Lava Xolo X900 would be the first smartphone in the world to be powered by an Intel mobile processor. The next day, Lava and Intel collaborated on a launch event in Delhi where they revealed that, indeed, the rumors were true.

Intel's first processor for mobiles (codenamed: Medfield) has been big news for over two years ever since it was discovered in 2010. For smartphones that solely relies on ARM architecture processors, the entry of x86 processors has the potential of reshaping the market. It signifies Intel's first big step into the world of smartphones, hitherto a monopoly of ARM.

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