* Qualcomm cell network chipset to deliver 28 Mbps
CDMA technology specialist Qualcomm announced it will include the HSPA+ refinement of CDMA in its product roadmap, and will introduce its first HSPA+ chips by the end of this year.
The intent of HSPA+ is to deliver broadband to cell phones and related devices at data rates of up to 28 Mbps downstream and 11 Mbps upstream – more than enough to support multimedia applications. The chipsets will support frequency bands now in use, as well as in the 2.5 GHz IMT-2000 Extension band. Cingular (now part of AT&T) said it expects to upgrade its networks with HSPA+ technology.
* Cox in Omaha names VP for business operations
Cox Communications Omaha has promoted Richard Sbragia to vice president of business operations, responsible for supporting the financial and operational goals of the Omaha operation through business planning and review of systems and processes. He also will be responsible for setting operational goals and translating key company strategies into actionable business practices.
Sbragia has held several jobs at Cox, starting in 1998 as a financial analyst, and most recently director of financial analysis.
* Verizon gets another TV franchise in Mass.
The Board of Selectmen in Westwood, Mass. granted a cable franchise to Verizon. There are approximately 4,200 households in the town.
The board’s vote brings to 39 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon’s FiOS TV is or will soon be available. Those franchises cover more than 200,000 households. The Westwood franchise agreement contains provisions for the network’s future growth; financial support and capacity for educational and government access channels; cable service to government buildings; and other benefits to the town, including insurance, indemnification and enforcement protections.