The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Wednesday extended till November 30 the deadline for sending comments on advanced mobile wireless broadband or fourth generation (4G) services. "All the stakeholders may now submit their written comments by November 30 and counter comments by December 7, 2011," TRAI said in a statement. The regulator had invited comments of stakeholders on consultation paper on advanced mobile wireless broadband services August 19. Initially, the written and counter comments from the stakeholders were sought up to September 20 and September 27 respectively. The last date for submission of written and counter comments was earlier extended to October 31 and November 7 respectively.
As it nears the launch of its broadband wireless access services in the country, Infotel Broadband, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, Tuesday said that it has acquired 38.5 percent stake in Extramarks Education, a company focussing on education and digital learning. "The investment in Extramarks has been made through an affiliate company, Reliance Strategic Investments Ltd," the company said in a statement. The investment by Infotel will enable Extramarks pursue its aggressive growth plans in further developing services and wider market penetration also by utilising the money in computer-aided programmes. The company endeavours to provide computer-aided learning and reach out to the students in the remotest corner of the country. Its digital distribution model will provide services to the student community across age groups including education support and study help at affordable prices. In the auction for broadband airwaves held last year, Infotel Broadband had emerged as the sole pan-India winner and had paid for Rs.12,847.77 crore for the spectrum. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries had thereafter announced that the company had acquired a 95 percent stake in Infotel for Rs.4,800 crore (little over $1 billion) to enter the broadband services. The company is expected to launch its broadband wireless access services early next year.
Images and details surrounding the unannounced Motorola DROID4 for Verizon Wireless have been published on the web, revealing a potential QWERTY-equipped counterpart for the just-unveiled Motorola DROID RAZR. The phone appears to carry the same shape as the new RAZR, however its slide-out keyboard makes it significantly thicker. Purported specs include a 4-inch display, 4G LTE compatibility for Verizon Wireless’ network, 1080p HD video capture support, an HDMI-out port, a secondary front-facing camera and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Droid Life speculates that the phone might also include the same 1.2GHz TI processor as the RAZR, and that the rear camera resolution matches the RAZR’s 8 megapixels. Two more images of the DROID4 follow below. More →
Is Apple’s product pipeline too full of home runs to fail? The release of the iPhone 5, a second entry-level iPhone, the next iPad and even next year’s 4G LTE-powered iPhone will help Apple maintain its series of “monster” quarters according to Wedbush analyst Scott Sutherland. He expects Apple to ship 26 million iPhones during the first quarter of next year, up from 23 million during the first quarter of this year. New product launches are the special sauce to Apple’s success, Sutherland says. “While the iPhone 4 appears to be selling well due to existing market demand and new markets, we expect a bump up from the iPhone 5 this October, and a lower end iPhone geared towards emerging markets,” he wrote in a research note. “With the introductions ahead of the holidays, we expect a monster FQ1 from Apple. Furthermore, in 1H12, we expect the introduction of a 4G LTE iPhone with a materially improved user interface and the iPad 3.” Sutherland also said Apple will revamp its Mac and iPod products in the future, as it always does, and he believes rumors that Apple will enter the connected TV market. Apple’s new iCloud service may contribute to additional media and app sales, further propelling Apple’s quarterly success, Sutherland said. More →
BGR has just been given photos of the follow up to the original Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Motorola ATRIX 2, internally known as the Motorola Edison. The Motorola ATRIX 2 will not be an LTE device according to our source, though the phone will launch with a dual-core processor (either 1.2 or 1.5GHz TI OMAP, we’d assume), an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, and Android Gingerbread 2.3.5. We weren’t given a launch time-frame, though we’d expect the phone to touch down in the next few months, most likely around Thanksgiving. Check out all of the photos in our Motorola ATRIX 2 gallery!