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We’ve had all the reports that all tablets will come mostly with WiFi so US researcher In-Stat thought it was time we had the opposite, and said this


Published: 19 May, 2011


We’ve had all the reports that all tablets will come mostly with WiFi so US researcher In-Stat thought it was time we had the opposite, and said this week that 78% of all tablets shipped will have a 3G or 4G modem on board by 2015. This is because analyst groups are trying to work out the position of cellcos and how they can impose themselves on the Tablet. Our own report on Tablets suggests that many will be offered attached to 3G/4G run as personal hotspots. In-Stat says that ereaders will also have embedded 3G/4G reaching 65% by 2015. In-Stat didn’t explain its logic in its press release so you’ll have to buy the report to follow that.

Charlie Ergen, CEO and founder of both Dish Network and EchoStar is to stand down from the Dish Network in favor of Joseph Clayton, with Ergen falling back to chairman. Clayton was once CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and has spent time at RCA, General Electric and Thomson.

Nokia’s Ovi is no more and the brand is to be replaced by simply Nokia. It looks like Nokia will become more and more like a Microsoft appendage and that makes it all the more confusing for us Ovi customers who loved the service, simply because it worked – unlike anything similar from Microsoft. One of the key shifts here is that Microsoft will get its hands on the marvelous Navteq maps offering, far superior to Google Maps, as the two merge their service offerings. Presumably that’s okay being called Nokia Maps, or will it too need to change its name. Perhaps Microsoft should drop its Windows name and re-name it Microsoft. How daft.

Netflix has signed yet another content deal this week, this time with film studio Miramax, with Netflix customers in the US only, to get access to the Miramax film library. This is the first time Miramax titles have been available through a digital subscription service. The deal will come into force in June and can be watched on multiple platforms, including TV, tablet, computer and mobile phones. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Films include Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Bad Santa, Scream, Spy Kids, The Piano and Kill Bill.

Canada’s Espial revealed this week that incumbent Romanian telco RomTelecom has used its Mediabase on demand system to drive its new VoD service. This is only on the RomTelecom IPTV service which only goes to 35,000 customers rather than its satellite service that goes to 1 million customers, though why it doesn’t offer an OTT version to that audience we don’t know. It’s probably working on one. The Espial MediaBase software offers timeshift-TV, and VoD. This is about the only system we know of that was installed by Ericsson, who built the head end, middleware, VoD engine and did the overall system integration for Romtelecom.

We’re not sure just how many chipset manufacturers will attend the plugfest, but it would be a pretty sad and pointless affair if it was only Sigma and Lantiq, who are the only companies that have actually delivered sample quantities of chips. While these two chips are likely to speak to one another, the MIMO aspects of the Sigma chips makes it go almost 3 times the speed of a standard design, so they will work together with a PHY speed close to 1 Gbps, what real world speed that comes down to is anyone’s guess and Lantiq promises to say more after the Plugfest. It will take place from May 23-27 at the ITU facilities in Geneva, Switzerland and is a joint effort between the HomeGrid Forum and the Broadband Forum, and is being facilitated by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory.

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