Pipeline Publishing, Volume 4, Issue 3
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Peter Löscher has recently been hired as the new CEO of Siemens AG while the company goes through a possible restructuring and cleanup of a large-scale corporate-corruption scandal in Europe. Löscher is replacing Klaus Kleinfeld who stepped down on June 30th of this year.

Prices seem to be changing rapidly in favor of the consumer as several large wireless providers change their pricing plans. Verizon Wireless has introduced a new three level plan selection for individual subscribers and family plans. The change will let customers choose from basic, select, and premium plans.

Prices seem to be changing rapidly in favor of the consumer as several large wireless providers change their pricing plans.

Charter Communications, Inc. has selected Sigma Systems’ service management platform for its “provisioning and activation, and resource management across all service domains.” Charter Communications is the third largest publicly traded cable operator in the U.S. and selected the Sigma Service Platform (SMP) to “seamlessly integrate its business, operational and network management systems, and to provide end-to-end
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Vodafone has cut their charges for mobile broadband access for laptops in half. The original fee of $89 has been reduced to $50. Vodafone has also increased the amount that subscribers are able to download and have introduced a new 24-hour access session that will cost around $17.

AT&T is allowing its Internet subscribers to access nationwide Wi-Fi for free from one of its near 10,000 hot spots.

Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting company, has named Clarity International OSS Vendor of the Year in Asia Pacific. Clarity, the OSS industry’s business process automation company, has received the award as “part of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards, held in Singapore to recognize outstanding performance by companies in the Asia Pacific region in the field of information and communications technology (ICT).” The award was given in part because Clarity won the largest number of OSS contracts in Asia Pacific in the last year.

automation of residential and commercial telephone and high-speed Internet service.”

In an interesting study done by Queen’s University of Canada, it is reported that solar radiation may be responsible for many dropped cell phone calls. “We believe that this is caused by the Sun radiating energy into the Earth’s magnetic field,” said Dr. David Thomson, a professor at Queens University in Ontario. The radioactive energy from the Sun may be responsible for between 9 and 20 percent of the dropped calls. The study will be published in Proceedings of the IEEE, a leading journal in the field of international technology.

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