Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Fintel To Cover Fiji Islands With WiMAX Using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX™

January 9, 2007

FINTEL finally decided to introduce their own broadband service. Currently, FINTEL sells bandwidth from the Southern Cross Fibre-optic cables to ISPs in Fiji (Unwired Fiji and Connect) and as a result the prices are high. Hopefully with their own ISP, FINTEL will be able to provide faster and cheap internet and data servives. Named Kidanet (pronounced as ‘keen-da-net’) ; meaning a new dawn (or sometthing like that). FINTEL has chosen the WiMAX wireless standard for their network. While details are sketchy, FINTEL has partnered with Alvarion, using their WiMAX Certified™ platform: BreezeMAX™. The equipment is said to be provided through Paclink, an Australian based I.T. company who is also a partner of Alvarion. Here is the press release on the Paclink website.



Skype… the self out-doers!

December 19, 2006

First it was VOIP, then the lie detector (which hasnt been realeased as of yet), now near high definition TV!

The expansion of Skype continues: Skype founders are close to launching a global broadband television service offering “the best of the internet with the best of TV”. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström said the service, codenamed The Venice Project, will offer “near high definition programmes” which users can personalise or discuss with others. Unlike other video-on-demand websites like YouTube, the Venice Project will offer channels and “high-quality and full-screen video”, Friis told the Financial Times.

He said that the peer-to-peer technology used in the service would make it possible to serve “tens of millions of users”. A source close to Warner Music confirmed that it was using the service to create channels for some of its artists, including Paris Hilton. The service is expected to launch next year. It has reportedly attracted a few big-name channels, but the company would not dislose its partners. For users to access Skype’s IPTV service they will be required to download the software, giving them access to a menu screen which can open programmes, fast forward, rewind, and pause. Sharing and commentary services will also feature as part of the new service. I feel this could reach a nice portion of popularity…

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