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Covad (News - Alert) Moves Ahead with ADSL2+ Network Build-Out
Covad Communications Group, Inc., is moving ahead with plans to continue the build-out of its next-generation telecommunications network. When the project is completed in the Q4 2006, Covad will operate the nation�s largest ADSL 2+ network, enabling high-speed data and next-generation voice services to millions of businesses and residences. The current phase of the build-out covers Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington, DC. Covad�s next generation network is already in service in San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Dallas. By the end of 2006, Covad will have the capability to offer higher-speed broadband access, such as ADSL 2+ and G.SHDSL, and new business-class services such as metro Ethernet and bonded T1. �Covad�s next-generation network build-out is progressing on time and on budget and will allow Covad to leap ahead of our competition in providing for the total telecommunications needs of our customers with unmatched business-class broadband services,� said Claude Tolbert, Covad senior vice president. Covad has chosen Samsung (News - Alert) as its network equipment provider, and is now the vendor�s largest North American customer of network equipment. �We�re very excited to work with an innovative partner such as Covad,� said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. �Covad has raised the bar in delivering advanced broadband services.�

New Pocket-Sized Communicator from Sony
Sony has launched a WiFi (News - Alert) broadband communication and entertainment device to capitalize on the growth of wireless Internet access. The new mylo personal communicator is capable of operating in any open 802.11b wireless network. This product is designed for people who use instant messaging as a primary form of communication and networking for their social life. The name mylo stands for �my life online� and the communicator is designed to allow users to use instant messaging, browse the Internet, listen to music, send e-mails and view photos concurrently. Perhaps most importantly, the device comes embedded with popular instant messaging services: the Google (News - Alert) Talk instant messaging service, Skype (News - Alert) and Yahoo! Messenger. Small enough for a pocket or purse, the slim, oblong-shaped device features a 2.4 inch color LCD (measured diagonally) with a slide out QWERTY keyboard for comfortable and quick thumb typing.

Aculab (News - Alert) Releases Prosody X CompactPCI (News - Alert)
Aculab announced that their Prosody X CompactPCI (cPCI) card has been released to general availability, following the success of recent evaluation trials. Prosody X cPCI is a highly configurable IP media processing platform � a new telco grade variant in the Prosody X product line that was released earlier this year. Prosody X cPCI offers new levels of density and resilience for high availability solutions, combining support for rich media processing resources, VoIP telephony, and optional E1/T1 digital network access functions. The product leverages Aculab�s core expertise in combining complex technologies into a powerful and flexible proposition that assures developers a simple, clear migration path. Prosody X cPCI offers �mix and match� modules to scale a wide range of applications, including medium and very high densities, suitable for large enterprise, public network and telco grade environments. The Prosody X media processing platform offers a comprehensive selection of firmware algorithms that can run independently on its DSPs, as well as the option of adding a primary rate trunk module. Up to eight DSPs can be selected to run the algorithms and with each DSP capable of supporting up to 150 channels, a total of 1,200 channels per card is achievable. Key media processing resources include record and playback with a range of compressions, DTMF tone generation and detection, matrix conferencing, echo cancellation, a wide range of voice codecs, fax processing, and data transmission protocols.

Sprint (News - Alert) Nextel Moves Ahead with 4G Plans
Sprint Nextel Corp. announced its plans to develop and deploy the first fourth generation (4G) nationwide broadband mobile network. The 4G wireless broadband network will use the mobile WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) IEEE (News - Alert) 802.16e-2005 technology standard. Working together with Intel (News - Alert), Motorola (News - Alert), and Samsung, Sprint Nextel will develop a nationwide network infrastructure as well as mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets that will support advanced wireless broadband services for computing, portable multimedia, interactive, and other consumer electronic devices. These efforts are intended to allow Sprint Nextel customers to experience a nationwide mobile data network that is designed to offer faster speeds, lower cost, and greater convenience and enhanced multimedia quality. The Sprint Nextel 4G mobility network will use the company�s 2.5GHz spectrum holdings, which cover 85 percent of the households in the top 100 U.S. markets. To access that network, Sprint Nextel will work with Intel, Motorola, and Samsung to incorporate WiMAX technology for advanced wireless communications and help make chipsets widely available for new consumer electronics devices, connecting consumers to the Internet and to each other while providing them with the flexibility to do what they want or need to do regardless of time or place.


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