Intel shifts media and signalling division
Intel is disposing of its media and signalling business, with the chip giant entering into an agreement with Eicon Networks.
Eicon is hoping the deal will establish it as the leading player in the media processing and signalling market segment, while Intel says it will focus on its 'core' businesses. Note that these will still include network processors and communications platforms and optical modules, as well as the cores of microprocessors. ...more
BT's nationwide broadband TV to launch next year
BT is pioneering the TV over broadband space with a set-top box developed with Philips that will deliver all currently freely available digital terrestrial channels, movies on demand, Catchup TV - allowing viewers to watch any of the past week's television on-demand through a broadband connection.
The box also boasts PVR functionality, enabling the recording of broadcasts - although paid-for on-demand content will no doubt be encrypted. It also supports HD broadcasts. ...more
Yahoo.com Nazi memorabilia case will not be heard in US
Yahoo! has failed in its request to have a case involving the sale of Nazi memorabilia heard in the US. A US appeals court has ruled that the case which will decide whether such material should be offered for sale on Yahoo.com is not within the US jurisdiction. ...more
WLAN Event: Telcos turn their eye to hot spots
At today's WLAN Event in London, Ericsson has demonstrated a laptop wirelessly accessing the Internet through a hot-spot, but authenticated over a GSM mobile network using a standard SIM card.
Mobile operators will now have the chance to grab their bit of gold from hot-spots, with Ericsson demonstrating how GSM networks can authenticate WLAN sessions via a standard SIM card.
User would enjoy a more attractive and familiar billing system - being charged by the minute with the amount turning up on your phone bill - than the nominal ?5 per 24-hour period, proposed by Toshiba. ...more
Broadband connections reach 15 per cent in the UK
The National Statistics Office has released the latest figures for UK Internet connectivity, covering the month of April 2003.
And it's pretty much as you were, in terms of trends we have identified before. Traditional modem dial-up access slowly declines while the 'permanent' connections of always-on broadband continue their steady climb. ...more