Verizon Communications is officially rolling out its Verizon Wholesale Mobility Solutions suite, which features voice and broadband services, to its wireline reseller community. "The demand for bundled wireline and wireless services continues to grow across every segment of the communications marketplace," said VPS President Michael Millegan.
Sprint Nextel, a backer of WiMAX technology, has withdrawn from the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance because of the group's support for Long Term Evolution as the fourth-generation wireless standard, Sprint said. "Sprint was disappointed that NGMN shifted from its original technology-neutral stance," said Sprint spokesman John Polivka. "We respectfully withdrew our membership from the organization due to the change in direction." NGMN counts 18 cell phone operators worldwide as members, some of whom have committed to using LTE.
Cisco Systems is looking beyond its own routers and switches in trying to reduce power consumption along enterprise data networks. The company wants to create a sort of electricity meter from power-usage information that server and storage vendors collect and share with Cisco's equipment.