Microsoft's fall Xbox 360 update will not feature the addition of IPTV functionality, although the company remains dedicated to introducing the feature at a later date. Microsoft had previously stated that IPTV would debut during the holiday season.
Google's long-rumored plans to introduce a wireless operating system could get a boost from partnerships with wireless carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel. According to this report, Google is in talks with the two carriers about introducing mobile handsets customized for the Google operating system. Google declined comment.
Landlines and the companies that provide them still have a future, said Embarq CEO Dan Hesse. Opportunities mentioned by Hesse include fixed-mobile convergence and providing more information (such as local weather data) through landlines.
Alvarion will create a WiMAX network to connect a new computer lab at the Fawe Girls' school in Rwanda to the Internet. The computer lab was donated by Intel, which is working with Alvarion and local partner MTN Rwanda to complete the WiMAX connection.
By 2011, more than 56% of people who will have access to fiber-to-the-home services will subscribe, according to a new survey from ABI Research. The survey found that GPON networks will lead the race as customers demand more high-broadband services, such as IPTV and VoIP.