Mobile Industry on the Move December 21

— December 21, 2013

Ruckus Wireless/San Francisco
Ruckus Wireless has partnered with the City and County of San Francisco, CA to deliver free, high-speed outdoor public Wi-Fi service up and down the City’s world-famous Market Street corridor, starting from the intersection of Market and Castro Streets down to the pedestrian corridor at the Embarcadero, one of the most heavily foot-trafficked thoroughfares in the world.

The network is named ‘_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi’, which is the SSID (network name) for the new service, is a key part of the City’s multi-phase initiative to offer free public Wi-Fi in and around San Francisco. This public-private partnership between San Francisco’s Department of Technology (DT) and Ruckus teamed technical staff to design, build and deploy a world-class Wi-Fi network capable of delivering a high-speed online experience to users while acting as a reliable utility for existing and future City services.

“Because San Francisco is at the world’s epicenter of technology innovation and use, residents, visitors and even businesses now have a fundamental expectation for pervasive wireless connectivity,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “We have gone to great lengths to build the foundation to deliver on these expectations with the best Wi-Fi technology we could find right in our own backyard.”

Truphone
Truphone, a provider of global mobile recording solutions, is opening an office in New York City, as part of its continued U.S. expansion, and to better serve its growing customer base. With U.S. headquarters in Durham, NC, the New York office, located at 501 Seventh Avenue, will be Truphone’s fifth location in the United States and the new headquarters for Truphone’s U.S. sales operations.
Leading the firm’s sales efforts in the U.S. will be newly appointed vice president of sales Guy Gettens, who will be based out of the new office.

Gettens brings more than 17 years of experience in telecommunications and technology to Truphone – both in the U.K. and the United States – and will be responsible for driving sales across the United States through a newly expanded direct sales channel.  He will also manage all third party indirect sales channels in the U.S.

“New York is an important market for international business, and provides Truphone the opportunity to continue expanding its reach and scope of services for US-based clients,” said Tim Raby, senior vice president and general manager for Truphone Americas. “Guy’s expertise and knowledge of the industry is unmatched, and he will be invaluable in bringing Truphone’s innovations to businesses that demand a truly global mobile network.” 

BlackBerry/Peugeot
PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second largest car maker in Europe, will deploy 10,000 BlackBerry  Z10 smartphones for its operations in France and Spain, and is migrating to BlackBerry’s Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution – BlackBerry  Enterprise Service 10 (BES10).
 
"BlackBerry 10 is the best mobility platform for us in terms of integration, security, connectivity and price," said Eric Marchand, Head of Telecom at PSA Peugeot Citroën. "Every day, our employees need to share and access confidential information so it’s critical that we have the most secure and user friendly smartphones. With BES10, we are assured that the confidentiality of our information is maintained while also ensuring that Peugeot’s employees can enjoy the best experience for personal as well as professional use."

To date, BlackBerry reports that customers have installed nearly 30,000 BES10 commercial and test servers around the world.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that the company’s VP of Global Sales, Rick Costanzo and Chris Wormald, VP of Strategic Alliances will be leaving the company.

ZAGG/Samsung
ZAGG Inc., a mobile device accessories company has joined the Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program (SMAPP). Through this platform, Samsung selects highly qualified industry experts to provide accessories for its mobile devices. SMAPP accessories are presented with a licensed "Designed for Samsung Mobile" logo on the package, signifying it was created to connect to Samsung mobile devices, and has been certified to meet Samsung performance standards.

Randall Hales, president and CEO of ZAGG, said, "We are thrilled to partner with such a well-respected company and look forward to developing creative product solutions to enhance the use of Samsung tablets and smartphones."

AT&T
4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies, including LTE, announced that Kris Rinne, Senior Vice President - Network and Product Planning, AT&T, has been newly elected to serve as 2014 Chairperson of the 4G Americas Board of Governors.

Rinne succeeds Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile USA, who served as Chairperson for the past five years, and will continue representing T-Mobile on the Board of Governors.  The Board has also reelected Hans Ovesen, Vice President, Industry Relations at Ericsson, to serve as the association’s Treasurer.
 
A seasoned professional of the telecom industry, with more than 30 years of experience and numerous honors, Rinne holds an important leadership role in the wireless industry. Rinne is responsible for ensuring AT&T delivers on its current technology and product roadmap, including AT&T’s Global IP backbone and core, radio access and wireless device requirements and certification. She also is responsible for network performance analysis and leading the implementation and expansion of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. This year, Rinne was inducted into The Wireless History Foundation’s prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame.
 
Rinne stated, “It is a privilege to be elected as the 4G Americas Chairperson for 2014 and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and key wireless industry stakeholders to progress the association’s initiatives benefiting the wireless industry in the Americas.”
 
magicjack
magicJack VocalTec, Ltd, a cloud-based communications company, has appointed Timothy McDonald as chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. He joins chief executive officer (CEO) Gerald Vento, who was appointed earlier in the year, and the rest of the magicJack management team.
"As COO, Tim will oversee marketing, channel management, new product and corporate development," said Gerald Vento, CEO magicJack. "Tim's rich experience in growing tech related businesses and his deep knowledge and relationships in the mobile space make him a tremendous addition to our core management team." Finance, operations, customer care and regulatory will continue to report to the CEO.

McDonald brings 20 years of management experience in the Internet and communications industries -- ranging from start-ups to public companies to his role as COO.  Most recently, McDonald, along with several Sprint and Clearwire alumni, founded Scatteree Partners to develop and operate new mobile data services in partnership with mobile network enabler Simplexity and wireless network operator Sprint.

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