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Nokia Siemens Networks extends #TD-LTE speed record in China

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Achieves 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) using commercial Flexi base station

Nokia Siemens Networks has achieved TD-LTE* data speeds of 1.3 Gbps using its commercial Flexi base station hardware**. The live demonstration at a recent China Information Technology show in Beijing*** marks a new world record for the 4G mobile broadband technology. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is the first vendor to complete Phase 1 and 2 of China Mobile’s (CMCC) TD-LTE field tests and leads the industry with its TD-LTE key performance indicators (KPIs)****.

“Our record-breaking mobile broadband speeds, coupled with the successful completion of CMCC’s TD-LTE field tests, clearly underline Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to strengthen the TD-LTE ecosystem in China,” said Markus Borchert, president at Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China. “As the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, we will continue to drive TD-LTE innovations and commercial deployments across the globe.”

Nokia Siemens Networks provides full life-cycle services for TD-LTE, delivered both locally and remotely by a team of global experts. The services include technical consulting, network design, planning and deployment, systems integration, optimization, maintenance and a complete managed services approach.

To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #TD-LTE and #mobilebroadband.

Now it’s Google’s turn to enter the tablet market – and it might have a winner, according to The Notebook Company

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The tablet marketplace is certainly hotting up, what with Microsoft’s launch of its Surface tablet, now followed by Google’s decision to launch its Nexus tablet during this week – a move that could see the software giant making a definite mark on sales in a market that continues to be dominated by Apple’s iPad.

Said Christopher Riley, MD of notebook and accessories retailer, The Notebook Company – the company which also manages the and online retail sales: “This is certainly a smart move by Google and comes at a time when competition is really hotting up as two software giants – Google and Microsoft – enter the fray. By joining hands with Asus to co-brand their tablet it is likely to be a good value proposition. Asus produces good quality products and the price, at under $200, certainly looks attractive.”

While Riley said he does not see any product knocking the Apple iPad from its “large market lead”, the Google Nexus is arguably poised to “rival the success of Samsung’s Galaxy”.

“The entry of Google and Microsoft into the tablet marketplace emphasises just how important this market is – it is also going to be an important market for software add-ons as more and more users gravitate to tablets from laptops. The playing field is certainly getting interesting, but I don’t see the iPad losing much of its 60% market dominance in the short term. If there is erosion of its market share, I don’t see it dropping below the 50% mark in terms of its share of the tablet marketplace,” said Riley.

Riley said the sale of Apple iPads are currently outstripping the overall sale of the company’s range of laptops – which includes leading brands such as Dell, HP and Asus.

According to a recent report carried by the newswire, Bloomberg, Google is expected to unveil a co-branded tablet with Asus that is tipped to enter the market at under $200 – making it a good value proposition.

NOR Paper opens new office in KZN

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NOR Paper, a division of Bytes Document Solutions, has moved to new premises in KwaZulu Natal. The new office, located in Riverhorse Valley, is a 4 000 square metre facility with a state of the art warehouse which facilitates quick and easy receiving and dispatch, allowing for faster turnaround times.

The move significantly increases NOR Paper’s presence in the province and will further boost its competitiveness in the region.

“As one of the largest paper merchants for commercial printers and also one of the largest providers of office supplies, the relocation was necessary because of the significant growth of our business over the last few years,” says Craig Zeelie, divisional MD, NOR Paper.

“The company is renowned for rapid turnaround and delivery, so customers hold little or no stock. Our new premises enable us to increase efficiencies even more because we are centrally located and have a much bigger warehouse space. This will enable us to better serve new and existing customers in KwaZulu Natal.”

NOR supplies an extensive range of papers that include sundry supplies, board, commercial coated papers, uncoated papers, general stationery-grade paper and carbonless papers, with over 30 different grades in range. Its office division supplies paper, ink cartridges and stationery to offices of all sizes.


Gartner Says Worldwide External Controller-Based Disk Storage Market Grew 8 Per Cent in First Quarter of 2012

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Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage vendor revenue totalled $5.4 billion in the first quarter of 2012, an 8 per cent increase from revenue of $5 billion in the first quarter of 2011, according to Gartner, Inc. The first quarter of 2012 was the 10th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, and its results met Gartner’s expectations of an 8 per cent year-over-year increase.

“Revenue by host interface protocol and regional geography varied from Gartner’s 4Q11 forecast update,” said Roger Cox, research vice president at Gartner. “Block-access host interface notably associated with SAN infrastructures came in at 4 per cent year-over-year growth in vendor revenue against a forecast of 5.2 per cent, while file-access beat the Gartner forecast with 22.9 per cent year-over-year growth, four percentage points higher than Gartner’s forecast.”

While there may have been occasions when the ECB disk storage vendors were unable to secure a specific hard-disk drive (HDD) capacity, the issues presented by the October 2011 Thailand flood are largely behind them. HDD pricing for ECB disk storage systems remains above preflood levels on a per-terabyte basis.

With a 2.4 per cent market share increase in the first quarter of 2012, EMC continued to dominate the market. Observing that 21.9 per cent of its total ECB disk storage revenue came from recent acquisitions (Data Domain, Avamar and Isilon), EMC was No. 1 in the worldwide ECB disk storage market (see Table 1).

Table 1

Worldwide ECB Disk Storage Vendor Revenue Estimates for 1Q12 (Millions of US Dollars)





1Q12 Market Share (%)



1Q11 Market Share (%)


Change (%)





























































Note 1: EMC revenue excludes OEM revenue from Dell and Fujitsu Technology Solutions.

Note 2: Hitachi/HDS revenue excludes OEM revenue from HP.

Note 3: NetApp revenue excludes ONTAP OEM revenue from IBM and Engenio OEM revenue.

Note 4: Fujitsu’s branded revenue does not include products sold under the EMC and NetApp brands.

Source: Gartner (June 2012)

Both NetApp and Dell also gained share in the first quarter of 2012. Dell’s ECB disk storage acquisition strategy is beginning to pay off for it, with 73.5 per cent of its ECB disk storage revenue being produced by its EqualLogic PS series and by the Dell Compellent Storage Center platform. Relying on the proven value propositions of its core Data ONTAP technology, NetApp was one of three vendors to achieve share gains in the first quarter of 2012.

Hitachi/HDS increased its VSP platform revenue by 24.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period a year earlier, increasing its high-end enterprise (aka monolithic frame-based) market share by 6.3 percentage points. With a 42.9 per cent year-over-year increase in revenue, Oracle’s ZFS storage appliance was just one of two vendors to gain share in the network attached storage (NAS) market in the first quarter. Although it lost 0.7 percentage points of market share, IBM increased its percentage of internally developed ECB disk storage platforms to 70.4 per cent of its total first-quarter 2012 revenue, up 9 percentage points over the first quarter of 2011. HP’s 3PAR, which grew 137.4 per cent year-over-year, was HP’s lone first-quarter 2012 highlight as EVA, P4000 LeftHand, and the P2000 MSA series continued to decline.

With 17.1 and 14.1 year-over-year vendor revenue growth, the Latin America and North America regions did exceptionally well compared with Gartner forecast expectations, while the Asia/Pacific region, at only 4.1 per cent year-over-year growth, and Japan, with a 12.3 per cent decline, fell far short.

Gartner ECB disk storage reports reflect revenue from new vendor-branded hardware only, as well as hardware revenue associated with financial leases and managed services. Optional and separately priced storage software revenue and storage area network infrastructure components and used ECB disk storage systems are excluded.

Additional information on the ECB disk storage market is available in Gartner’s “Quarterly Statistics: Disk Array Storage, All Regions, All Countries, 1Q12 Update.” The report includes vendor market share by data access method, price band, sales channel and operating-system segmentation. The report is available on Gartner’s web site at

Gartner Identifies Organisational Implications of the Rise of Mobile Devices

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 Analysts Examine the State of the Industry at Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2012, 21-22 June, in London

CIOs and IT leaders must address three key implications of the “post-PC” era, as workforces and consumers increasingly access IT applications and content through mobile devices, according to Gartner, Inc.

“The release of the iPhone five years ago marked a shift towards a mobile-dominated future,” said David Mitchell Smith, research vice president and Gartner Fellow. “With phones and tablets becoming a platform for the delivery of applications and information, and not simply a communications tool, the era of running applications solely on desktop and notebook PCs is rapidly being superseded by a fast-moving, diverse era of ecosystems that span consumer electronics, business computing, fixed-location clients and mobile clients.”

Gartner analysts identify three key implications of this shift and offer advice to help IT leaders and application development professionals prepare.

IT organisations must rapidly evolve mobile applications and interfaces to meet sharp increases in demand across B2B, B2E and B2C channels

“This shift in computing to mobile devices, and the ongoing trends of consumerisation and ‘bring your own device’, mean that IT leaders and application development teams need to take a multichannel approach to applications across business-to-business [B2B], business-to-employee [B2E] and business-to-consumer [B2E] channels. Too many IT departments and end users still assume that only desktop applications are needed,” said Mr Smith.

Gartner recommends:

  • Performing a mobile-only, mobile-first or legacy assessment during application development.
  • Identifying specific demand for mobile applications in B2E, B2C and B2B sectors during the next 18 months.
  • Implementing an architectural and tool framework for future context-aware apps.

Application developers need to retool as mobile-centric design replaces desktop-centric design for user interfaces

“The exploding interest in, and use of, mobile devices across consumer and business markets means that mobile interfaces are setting expectations for the usability, appearance and behaviour of future systems and applications,” said Mr Smith. “The leading edge of this change is the touch-and-gesture interface that is fundamental to mobile devices, but beyond this both audio and video channels are being used to expand this new user interface [UI]. Spoken commands drive searches and application actions, while the emerging video channel is leading to facial recognition and in-air gestures.”

Gartner recommends:

  • Tracking advances in new UI techniques (such as touch, audio, video, gestures, search, social and context) and creating a road map for short-term, medium-term and long-term potential.
  • Factoring in ensemble interactions where applications integrate the experience across multiple devices into application architectures.
  • Building applications with simple, focused capabilities and interactions, but also creating links across applications for coordinated operation.

Organisations need to reallocate resources as mobile advertising projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by four to one by 2015

“When building UIs for multiple screen sizes and operating systems, new tools are needed to make applications function correctly on different devices. There’s no automatic way to do this — it takes engineering skills to design the right outputs,” said Mr Smith.

Gartner recommends:

  • Making tactical investments in mobile application development tools.
  • Enhancing (automated) testing and support plans.
  • Using HTML5 as the lowest common denominator cross-device and cross-vendor UI model, though you should not expect HTML to address all needs.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “Mobile Applications and Interfaces: New Approaches for a Multichannel Future,” which is available on Gartner’s web site at


Gartner analysts will present additional findings on the impact of mobile devices at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2012, to be held from 21 to 22 June at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London, UK. For further information on the Summit, please visit Members of the media can register for the Summit at no cost by contacting Rob van der Meulen, Gartner PR on + 44 (0) 1784 267 738 or at

Additional information from the event will be shared on Twitter at using #GartnerAADI.

BBM Connected Apps to keep you in the know

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Some of the most popular BlackBerry® apps have been updated with BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) connectivity to make it easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and colleagues, share experiences, and discover new things in your BBM community.

BBM Connected apps have been hugely popular around the world. About one of every five apps being downloaded on BlackBerry App World™ is a BBM Connected app.

Here’s a small sample of over 800 BBM-connected apps that you can choose from:

Facebook and Twitter

Automatically share your latest Facebook® status and location or your latest Tweet with your BBM friends as your BBM status with Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) and Twitter™ for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0).

For more information, please visit:,(Facebook) and: (Twitter)

BlackBerry Travel

It is now easier than ever to update those who matter most about your travel plans. The new BlackBerry® Travel app (version 2.5) is now BBM-connected, allowing users to share their travel plans and flight changes directly with select BBM contacts or with their entire BBM community.

For more information, please visit:

Profile Pic Toolkit

Profile Pic Toolkit puts a ton of fun at your fingertips, equipping you to send BBM profile picture recommendations and a message to your closest contacts with a couple of clicks. Profile Pic Toolkit syncs smoothly with your current BBM settings and works right within the app.

For more information, please visit:

Battles on BBM

The classic game of battle between ships on the high seas is now even more fun. Invite your BBM friends to join in and sink their fleet before they sink yours. It is a game that demands skill, strategy and some luck.

For more information, please visit:


PicStory creates a story with your photos and shares them on your BBM profile. You can apply photo filters or effects just like Instagram. In addition, you can view your friends’ stories and comment on their profile pictures.

For more information, please visit:


Screen Muncher™ lets you capture anything you see on your BlackBerry screen just like a desktop “print screen” on a PC. Now, you can munch BBM conversations and post them directly to Twitter!

For more information, please visit:

Friend Finder on BBM

Friend Finder helps you to search for friends and/or people not on your BBM contact lists through a search engine specialized in the BBM app.

For more information, please visit:


You can share the game with your friends using ScoreMobile. The new “MyScore” feature allows you to follow your favourite teams and tracked games from different leagues, all on a single page.

For more information, please visit:


The News24 app provides the latest breaking news, sport, finance and lifestyle news at the touch of a button. Now you can now also share the headlines with your friends via BBM.

For more information, please visit:

Opportunity for Smartphone Industry to save 30 million tonnes in Emissions over 5 Years says Juniper

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A new report from analyst firm Juniper Research forecasts that the smartphone industry has the opportunity to save 30 million tonnes in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions over the next five years by targeting the largest sources within its supply chain activities, notably component manufacturing. With smartphones taking over from mass market handsets, the industry will need to streamline its operations say analysts.

Making Smarter, Sustainable

The ‘Green Handset & Tablet’ report estimates that supply chain activities – raw material extraction, component manufacturing, device assembly and transportation – result in twice as much GHG emissions per smartphone, in comparison with other handsets. With these devices proving more popular with consumers, vendors are faced with a serious challenge to their green credentials: how to make devices smarter, and sustainable.

The Scale of the Challenge

With the company predicting that supply chain GHG emissions will reach 24 million tonnes this year alone, and the number of smartphones shipped per annum set to nearly double over the next five years, the industry will need to adopt the aggressive strategies set out in Juniper’s report – but the rewards will be huge.

According to report author Daniel Ashdown: “This 30 million tonne saving is the equivalent of the GHGs emitted by 5.3 million cars in a year (1 out of 6 cars in the UK, or 3 out of every 100 worldwide), or that of a 62 billion mile car journey. Over 30 billion tonnes of CO2 are produced worldwide every year.”

Other key findings from the report include:

  • Green handset shipments will reach 392 million by 2017 – more than ten times the number the company expects to be shipped in 2012.
  • Mobile network operators can play a crucial role as green champions due to their unique customer-facing position, including recycling initiatives and providing eco-ratings at point-of-sale.
  • Smart devices are partly powered by the cloud, and vendors need to consider the impact of data centres as part of the impact of smartphones and tablets.

The ‘Smart & Sustainable Devices’ whitepaper is available to download from the Juniper website together with further details of the study Green Handsets & Tablets: Life-Cycle Analysis & Forecasts 2012-2017.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

For further details please contact Mosh Rahman, Press Relations
T: +44(0)1256 830001

Kaspersky Lab’s number of the week: 24% of Users Have Encountered Fake Antivirus Software

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Spam, phishing emails and fake AV are the three threats which Internet users encounter most frequently. This was the conclusion reached by analysts at Harris Interactive, based on the results of their survey, conducted in February-March 2012 among 9,000 users from the USA, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

 24% of respondents faced annoying offers to install fake antivirus software to “secure” their computer. Typically, the link to these bogus programs is contained in a pop-up, along with a fake warning about the PC being infected. To avoid any unpleasant shocks and ensure you don’t fall for a cybercrime scam, it’s best to install software from a trusted vendor – such as the range of antivirus products from Kaspersky Lab. For instance, if they had installed Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 – the most suitable solution from that range for home users – 24% of the users surveyed wouldn’t have suffered infection and damage to their computers.

mail is another common source of threats, with almost a third of users (31%) complaining of numerous spam emails. This is hardly a surprise: according to Securelist, 75% of the world’s email traffic in March 2012 was unsolicited correspondence.

Emails, which, purported to come from a bank or a site admin, and which sought logins, passwords and other personal data, reached 23% of those surveyed by Harris Interactive. Emails with suspicious attachments or links (and similar messages in social networks) were received by 27% of users. The problem is aggravated by the fact that, according to the same survey, 18% of respondents struggle to differentiate between authentic emails and spam. It is clear that users who are regularly online face a wide range of threats and need modern protection tools for their PCs and mobile devices.

Interestingly, these threats seemed to affect Russian-based users more than most. In particular, Russians are twice as likely to encounter irritating pop-up windows (52%), fake notifications about infected PCs (48%) and unwanted web pages which open automatically (23%). Phishing messages are the only online threats which are seen less often in Russia than in Europe or America.

The full report on the survey by Harris Interactive is available at:

T-Systems support critical healthcare – partners with Transnet Phelophepa Health Train

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  • Offers ICT equipment and support
  • Emphasises commitment to local communities and partners

As part of its commitment to socially conscious projects, T-Systems in South Africa has become an official supporter of the Transnet Phelophepa Health Train. The company has donated IT equipment and is also providing supporting services. The project, operated by the Transnet Foundation, has since its inception in 1994 provided local communities with critical and medical services that aren’t readily attainable and available.

The Transnet Foundation has now launched a second train and T-Systems, corporate customer arm of Deutsche Telekom, have supplied the train with important ICT infrastructure such as a new file server, 20 wall mounted all-in-one PCs and a notebook for the train manager.  T-Systems is also responsible for support services (on the train) such as desktop support, mail provisioning, file server support and backup services

Furthermore, the company will sponsor an additional 10 notebooks as well as monthly IT support to the medical students working on the train that require facilities to write exams electronically.

Since its first journey almost 20 years ago, the Transnet Phelophepa Health Train has seen an average of 45 000 patients per year – treating over 600 000 patients; trained over 20 000 student doctors, pharmacists, nurses and benefited 5.4 million people through HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives.

The Transnet Phelophepa Health Train travels for 36 weeks of the year, using two different routes to reach remote areas of South Africa.

“It is a privilege to participate in this project that is providing critical healthcare to South Africans across the country.  We have a strong partnership with Transnet and through this project we can assist the foundation with is exceptional work,” comments Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director at T-Systems in South Africa.

The Transnet Phelophepa Health Train offers facilities to conduct general health, dental and eye checks and to dispense medicines for diagnosed conditions. In addition it provides individual counselling sessions and group workshops to support those with psychological issues (such as stress and depression).

The train also houses a special coach where education on general health issues including nutrition, hygiene and dental health can be provided to members of the visited local communities.

Deutsche Telekom is backing intelligent networks

Creating a network of doctors, hospitals, health insurance providers and other participants  helps the healthcare sector to improve its service and care whilst saving costs. The digitisation of administrative tasks also significantly reduces processing time.  For example, by using electronic cost estimates instead of hand written ones, health insurance providers save considerable costs related to processes. Deutsche Telekom is continually expanding its activities in the healthcare sector and, to this end, launched the Healthcare strategic business area in 2010. The Group intends to generate additional revenue of EUR 1 billion by 2015 with intelligent networks in the healthcare, energy, automotive and media sectors. Deutsche Telekom is also focusing on issues such as the remote treatment of patients with devices that measure temperatures or blood glucose levels that can be integrated with smartphones, tablet PCs for doctors’ rounds in hospitals, hospital IT, assistance and emergency systems for the aged as well as electronic health cards.

Samsung Electronics embark on local manufacturing of monitors

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 Offering consumers and businesses affordable yet innovative monitor technology

Samsung Electronics South Africa is proud to announce that the company has started manufacturing all computer monitors, 21 inches and above, locally. This process is being undertaken through one of the assembly plants responsible for the local assembly of Samsung’s leading TV technologies namely; Anyview Technology. This move, which Samsung expects will be welcomed by the local market, ensures that the latest range of computer monitors remain competitively priced, while still giving consumers the high quality assurance associated with the brand.

“Samsung is committed to delivering innovative, smart products to our customer base, and certainly we understand that cost is a consideration, especially when examining the latest range of monitors.  However, through this move, we can now take ownership of this process locally and deliver more cost effective monitors into the market, while not compromising on technology innovation and quality,” says Thierry Boulanger, Director of IT at Samsung Electronics SA. “The success of our local TV business is testament to the success of such a local manufacturing model where in fact, we are so confident with the local assembly of our monitors that they all include a 3 year warranty. We believe that a local model will enable us to grow this part of the business even further, where currently we are the leading brand in the monitors’ retail market and of course, are optimistic about positive market growth during 2012.”

All new monitors that will be introduced into the market will continue to provide the consumer with a smarter technology experience – full LED monitors that are energy efficient, incorporate 3D technology and provide less screen lag – to ensure that both consumers and businesses continue to have access to smarter, greener IT technologies.

Furthermore, through the local manufacturing plant, fifty people have been employed to produce computer monitors – aiding not only access to affordable monitors but also creating a larger opportunity for skills development and employment. “While the local manufacturing of monitors and TVs are the only products planned for local assembly at this stage, we are certainly proud to be able to invest further in the local market and contribute to further employment opportunities and developing this country,” concludes Boulanger.

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