Green Touch Hopes to Boost Network Efficiency a Thousand-Fold
Bell Labs recently announced the launch of a global consortium that's aimed at improving the efficiency of the world's communications networks by a factor of one thousand. The group. called Green Touch, includes companies such as AT&T, China Mobile, Portugal Telecom, Swisscom, and Telefonica, and research facilities run by Bell Labs, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), and Freescale Semiconductor. To put that number into perspective, Green Touch notes, "A thousand-fold reduction is roughly equivalent to being able to power the world’s communications networks, including the Internet, for three years using the same amount of energy that it currently takes to run them for a single day." The group will meet for the first time in February.
New Group Working on Practical 5G
A large and diverse group of mobile companies have formed a new group to work on potential 5G radio technology. The group is focusing specifically on technologies that will work below 6 GHz, near the frequency bands of current mobile networks.
ITC to Investigate 8 Phone Makers Over Patent Claims
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint from Creative Technology / Creative Labs that accuses eight different smartphone makers of infringing on patents.
Samsung to Push RCS Messaging On Its Own Handsets
Samsung today said it intends to adopt Rich Communications Services messaging on its smartphones. RCS is a more advanced messaging standard that supports group chats, video messaging, and more.
Samsung Rolls Out Bixby Voice In Korea; U.S. Launch Still Unknown
Samsung today began distributing the Bixby Voice user interface to Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets in its home market of South Korea. Bixby was included on the S8/S8+ at launch without support for the voice functionality.
Facebook Hopes Telecom Infra Project Will Spur Innovation
Facebook has announced the Telecom Infra Project, an initiative that it hopes will bring various telecom players together to reimagine connectivity. Facebook's initial partners in the endeavor include Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, and SK Telecom, all of which have agreed to work together to rethink networking technologies and how they might be used to push connectivity to more places around the world.
More hot air to add to the atmosphere
I'll certainly believe that...