Top Stories of the Week – May 26, 2012

iBAHN's largest IPTV installation in North America deployed at Omni Dallas Hotel

iBAHN, the worldwide leader in IP-based entertainment and information services for the hospitality and meeting industries, recently announced that it has been selected as a preferred vendor of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) for Omni Hotels & Resorts. Opened with iBAHN's largest IPTV installation in North America in Omni's property, the 1,001-room Omni Dallas Hotel, guests at the brand new hotel can experience an expansive roster of HD channels on any television in their room, including the HD screen embedded in their bathroom mirror. iBAHN completed the installation in less than three months and continues to support the property with ETVi, its IPTV service.

China's Telecom giant plans to overtake smartphone rivals

The smartphone market is often described in terms of Apple versus Samsung versus the others. The big two have been making a lot of dough, while everybody else has to battle for the leftovers. However, indications suggest that China’s high-tech behemoth Huawei is now planning for a seat at the table as well, as part of a wider plan to expand offerings in mobile devices.

During a recent summit, Eric Xu Zhijun, one of Huawei’s three rotating chief executive officers, said “we think 30 percent plus growth for the device business is sustainable for a couple of years.” The telecom giant reported that sales of its handsets, tablets and other mobile broadband products rose 44.3 percent last year to US$7 billion, during what Xu described as the first year of increased investment in the device business.

V-Global offers free worldwide voice and video calls to iNums

VoIP service provider V-Global Communications, Inc announced recently it has joined the international consortium of carriers connecting free voip calls to iNum numbers and providing iNum numbers to its customers at no cost. "iNum" means an international phone number assigned to the universal country code +883 by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union).

Smartphones with quad-core chips and 4G LTE coming real soon

Nvidia on Thursday said a quad-core Tegra 3 chip and a third-party LTE modem will be utilized in the Fujitsu Arrows X LTE phone, which will come to Japan this "summer." A company representative could not provide a specific date, and more details of the smartphone were not immediately available to the public.

Nvidia's own Icera 410 LTE modem was also approved for use on the AT&T wireless network in the United States, leading the way for smartphones with quad-core chips and LTE modems.

100% IPTV operators will use a residential gateway by 2013

The percentage of operators offering IPTV services using a residential gateway will increase from 88% in 2012, to 100% by 2013 according to Infonetics Research.

The study further added that the number of operators offering WiFi hotspot access using a residential gateway will grow to 82% by 2013.

According to the study, Huawei, Pace, and ZTE are the top three residential gateway vendors. "With residential gateway revenue dropping because of price slumps and a saturated broadband subscriber base, operators are looking to new services to increase revenue per mobile subscriber," said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.

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