Top Stories of the Week – June 9, 2012

HTC warns of decreased smartphone sales

HTC cut its sales targets for the second quarter of 2012, as the U.S. import ban on its products, slow European sales, and a new Apple lawsuit hurt its recovery efforts.

HTC recently slash its revenue forecasts for the second quarter of the year by 13.3%, warning that sales of its newest smartphones aren't what it expected. Though the company is performing well in China, sales are low across Europe. Toss in the two-week delay it faced gaining U.S. entry with the One X and EVO 4G LTE and fresh patent lawsuits, and the company's outlook isn't so hot.

HTC is the world's fifth largest producer of smartphones, but saw its fortunes erode during the second half of 2011 as Samsung's phones eclipsed those made by HTC. HTC has had a number of bad quarters in a row, and decided to reduce the number of units it releases in a given year.

Huawei to manage Swiss IPTV network

Swiss operator Sunrise contracted Huawei to manage its fixed and mobile IPTV and Internet operations for the next five years and has awarded the Chinese firm a multitechnology contract to make design and planning, network build, performance management, network operations and spare parts management for its new networks.

Huawei will also be responsible for key field operations. The contract is new; the working relationship is not, the two partners stated. "We opted for this partnersship after successfully cooperating for over the last two years, during which we saw enough evidence of Huawei's innovative abilities and drive," Sunrise CEO Oliver Steil said.

Apple allows developers to study Apple TV

Apple is apparently very serious about this Apple TV stuff, according to BGR. In a post, BGR founder Jonathan Geller said that the makers of iPhones and iPads will be introducing a TV SDK at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in the city of San Francisco this week.

"This would enable third-party developers to create software for Apple's TV products," Geller said. This is important news because Apple TV is expected to run on the same iOS as those said iPad and iPhone devices and that's something of a by-invitation-only space.

Frontier Communications releases Hosted IP Telephony in Greater Seattle

Frontier Communications recently announced the launch in greater Seattle of a suite of VoIP business services that integrates Frontier Managed IP Telephony, SIP trunking and more. The integrated services offer reliable, secure connectivity and enhanced workplace mobility.

VoIP technology routes voice calls over IP networks, reducing costs while enabling features that boost efficiency and productivity. Cost savings are made through reduced local, long-distance and international calls and by eliminating the requirement to maintain separate networks for voice and data.

Infonetics: PBX market soft, but IP PBXs, UC up

Sales of IP PBXs and unified communications systems for enterprises continues to increase dramatically, but the PBX market overall appears headed for another year of only modest growth as companies put off vital buying decisions, according to market research firm Infonetics Research, which just came out with its first quarter of 2012 assessment of the enterprise communications market.

The report also notes that the stalls in purchasing by enterprises, and the fact that they may not be adding more employees as fast, means that there is intense competition for the deals that are ready to be done.

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