Roundup: Furukawa, Nokia-Microsoft, Digicel-Claro, Ericsson-LIME

- Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Roundup: Furukawa, Nokia-Microsoft, Digicel-Claro, Ericsson-LIME

Japanese structured cabling and fiber optic manufacturer Furukawa has made technology available to Latin America with data packet transmission speeds of 100 Gbps at a distance of 470m with nine connections, Furukawa systems engineer Fabio Kumasawa said in a statement.

The speeds were achieved with the TeraLan HDMPO solution, composed of multimode OM4 fiber and MPO connectors used for data centers and corporate networks.

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Nokia (NYSE: NOK) will no longer sell smartphones and feature phones based on the Symbian operating system in the US once the company's partnership with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) takes effect with the debut of devices powered by Windows Phone 7, press reported.

"When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc," Nokia's president Chris Weber said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal's All things D tech blog.

Nokia in April handed off development and support for Symbian to Accenture, and cut 7,000 related jobs.

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The Jamaican government will make an announcement "in a matter of days" on the proposed merger between telecommunication companies Digicel and Claro, local news site RJR reported information minister Daryl Vaz as saying.

Digicel announced in March that it had acquired Claro's Jamaica business, in exchange for its operations in El Salvador and Honduras, it said it expected the deal to be completed by the end of June.

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Swedish telecoms equipment supplier Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Caribbean operator LIME, a unit if Cable & Wireless Communications (C&WC) are empowering two schools in Jamaica through a regional cloud computing service partnership, Ericsson said in a statement.

Using a cloud-based operating system, called PC as a Service, Greater Portmore High and Kingston High schools will now have access to educational content selection available on the internet and deploy an ICT solution in the schools.

More than 40 students will be able to take advantage of cloud computing capabilities offered by online services and applications at affordable prices via cost-effective PCs/laptops.