25/01/2006

IEEE gives up on UWB standard - Network IT Week

IEEE gives up on UWB standard - Network IT Week

The IEEE standards group known as 802.15.3a Task Group (TG3a) held two votes, one to give up trying find a standard and the second to dissolve itself. They've left it to industry to decide which way to go.

Initially there were 23 competing standards which was reduced to two, MultiBand Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing UWB, supported by the WiMedia Alliance, and Direct Sequence-UWB, supported by the UWB Forum.

Unfortunately the two standards are completely non-interoperable.

This means that each group will push their own specifications and manufacturers in the groups will produce hardware based on that standard.

It doesn't mean UWB wont succeed, just that they'll be a VHS/Betamax war for a while.

24/01/2006

RIM loses High Court Appeal

RIM the maker of the ubiquotous Blackberry devices has lost an appeal to overturn the injunction that could take Blackberries off the air.

If the injunction is upheld (RIM are alleged to have infringed patents) then they could be forced to suspend their service, so turning millions of devices into expensive bits of plastic.

They can still be used as phones, but all the Email/Calendaring/etc functionality will go.

Something is bound to give and it's probably just a matter of money, but 3m Blackberry users wont be happy if it doesn't.

Microsoft and others who are in the push Email market must be chomping at bit to woo customers away from RIM.

Ofcom Website | Using your mobile abroad

Ofcom Website | Using your mobile abroad

Ofcom have produced their consumer guide to using your mobile abroad. It shows roaming tarriffs and various examples on various networks, even recommending people buy a local SIM and get their phone unlocked.

Hopefully this will encourage operators to standardise roaming and make it simple and not charge huge premiums.

The document covers voice tarrifs, but data tarrifs are even worse.

Ofcom Website | Wholesale Line Rental: Reviewing and setting charge ceilings for WLR services

Ofcom Website | Wholesale Line Rental: Reviewing and setting charge ceilings for WLR services

Ofcom has set new Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) charges for business lines, these are now in-line with residential lines and cover ISDN services.


Residential WLR Business WLR
Install Ceiling £ 88.00 £ 88.00
Transfer Charge £ 2.00 £ 2.00
Annual Charge £100.68 £110.00

This should please many carriers who have resisted offering business services as the price differential was too great, which will put even more pressure on BT's declining market until they launch their 21CN.