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Now that the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum pretty much has no real job to carry out, given that European mobile broadcast video, especially DVB-H

By PETER WHITE

Published: 27 January, 2011

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Now that the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum pretty much has no real job to carry out, given that European mobile broadcast video, especially DVB-H, is in the doldrums, it has decided that it will fold itself into the OIPF (Open IPTV Forum). The merged organizations will continue to engage in standardization of mass market services and devices.

In a dramatic reversal of the usual pattern, Huawei is suing Motorola and Nokia Siemens over intellectual property allegations. In a filing with the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Chinese giant claims Motorola has illegally transferred Huawei IPR to NSN, which is in the final stages of acquiring the US firm's network infrastructure business for $1.2 billion. Usually Chinese firms get allegations they have “borrowed” patents from western firms. The complaint stems from Huawei and Motorola did business together in 2000 over GSM and 3G RAN and core equipment.

Not quite announced yet, there is a strong rumor that Sky Broadband is about to buy hotspot operator The Cloud, in the UK. This will push owner BSkyB up against the dominant BT Openzone hotspot business, although as of now they have roaming agreements between one another. Virgin Media has also outlined plans to build a network of WiFi hotspots across the UK this year and Vodafone has been testing its SureSignal femtocells as a possible public access solution, using cellular bandwidth. The Sunday Times newspaper says that Sky will announce the deal this week and then launch free Wi-Fi for its 2.8 million domestic broadband subscribers, through the Coud’s 22,000 UK hotspots.

US researcher In-Stat says that demand for smart phones will mean that 850 million devices will ship in 2015 and that half of US handsets shipments will be smartphones by as early as 2012. The researcher says such phones need

a powerful browser, a variety of apps, a simple UI and a good keyboard or touch screen.

UK broadband comparison site Broadband Genie says that BT led the way overall in 2010 in its home broadband charts, just holding off a strong challenge from Plusnet. Three Mobile led the way in mobile broadband, ahead of a strong showing from Vodafone. Last year's home broadband success story, O2, was down in fifth place, behind Sky and Virgin Media respectively. Three Mobile continued its strong mobile broadband showing for the second year in a row.

Adobe Systems and thePlatform have announced a new alliance to deliver online and mobile content using secure delivery and management services for publishers. It will use Adobe Flash and they will integrate thePlatform’s mpx system using Adobe Flash Access software and HTTP Dynamic Streaming. The mpx console was built using Adobe Flash Builder software and includes an Adobe AIR client for file uploads.

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