infrastructure

  • ZTE Posts Second Straight Net Loss Of $183M In Q4 On Emerging Market Woes

    ZTE Posts Second Straight Net Loss Of $183M In Q4 On Emerging Market Woes

    As it already warned, ZTE posted its second-straight quarterly loss, due to vastly trimmed margins in emerging markets, as well as contract delays and falling handset sales in China. It made a net loss of 1.14 billion yuan ($183 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with its net income of 991.16 million yuan a year prior. Sales in the fourth quarter also fell 16 percent to… Read More

  • JDSU Buys Arieso For $85M In Cash To Boost Its Mobile Network Business

    JDSU Buys Arieso For $85M In Cash To Boost Its Mobile Network Business

    This morning, JDSU, a specialist in optical networking software, announced that it would pay $85 million in cash to acquire Arieso, a UK-based startup that makes location-aware networking software to improve mobile carriers’ network performance. Arieso’s clients include AT&T, Telefonica, MTN in Africa and Vodafone Group. Read More

  • Wikimedia Brings The Wikipedia Approach To How It Runs Its Servers

    Wikimedia Brings The Wikipedia Approach To How It Runs Its Servers

    Wikipedia and all of its related projects are obviously driven by the work of thousands of volunteers. Interestingly, though, while Wikipedia runs on top of an open-source stack, it’s been traditionally very hard for volunteers to help the organization run its sites. Most of that work is currently done by paid employees. For about a year and a half, though, the Wikimedia Foundation… Read More

  • O2 Plans Free, Nation-wide Wi-Fi Network In The UK: Jealous?

    Kudos to O2, the Telefónica-owned mobile operator, for planning a country-wide free Wi-Fi network. That country just so happens to be the UK, the home of “dark forces.” Hmm. The network should be fully operational by 2013. Read More

  • Curbside car chargers should start showing up next year

    Given the limited range in fully electric cars, charging points are going to be an important part of the infrastructure in the future. GE has hired a designer to create the “WattStation”, a charger designed to top up your new electric car in four to eight hours. Read More

  • High-speed trains in America one step closer to reality

    It looks like the U.S. is well on its way to becoming a modern Western country after all. Congressional leaders are trying to find funding for high-speed passenger trains, one of which would take people from New York to D.C. in just two hours. Other big lines would take people from Seattle to Portland; all around the midwest with a hub in Chicago; about Florida; about California; and… Read More

  • Fast: New Japanese Maglev trains to travel some 500 km/h

    Current Japanese “bullet trains” can travel at an average speed of 300 km/h (188 mph). Recent proposals could mean that we’ll be looking at trains with average speeds of 500 km/h (310 mph). That’s approaching commercial airline speeds. The trains would run between Tokyo and Nagoya and would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of ¥5.1 trillion ($51.3 billion) to… Read More

  • Report: broadband gridlock 'like whoa' by 2010

    If y’all don’t stop downloading funny YouTube videos and consuming bandwidth, the Internet may experience gridlock the likes of which it’s never seen before. According to Nemertes Research (not Acme, then), Internet gridlock by 2010 could seriously slow down our surfing habits as broadband pipes are taxed, possibly leading to a return to dial-up. (No! Anything but that… Read More