News in brief: WalkingHotSpot, Ericsson and Intel on HSPA, Genexis' FTTH gateway

TapRoot Systems has WalkingHotSpot which it claims transforms Windows Mobile 6 and S60 3G/Wi-Fi smartphones into "walking" hotspots.  Users can retrieve e-mails, as well as browse the Internet, on Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops and MP3 players - without data cards, cables, dongles and multiple service/hotspot plans.

Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphone owners can buy WalkingHotSpot internet solution available from here for a single fee of US$24.99 (€18) for the lifetime of the phone or as a monthly plan for US$6.99 (€5).  There is seven-day free trial for new users.

Ericsson and Intel are collaborating to bring HSPA data solutions to Intel's mobile devices. Ericsson's HSPA is designed for Intel's Moorestown platform and is scheduled for release in 2009-10. Moorestown is Intel's next generation mobile platform, based on the Intel Atom processor, which will include HSPA as one of its wireless technologies. 

HSPA is the world's most widely deployed 3G mobile broadband technology, with 221 commercially deployed networks around the world serving more than 60 million subscribers - a figure that is increasing by 4 million per month, according to Ericsson.

Genexis, dedicated to the development, manufacturing and marketing of active customer premises equipment for fibre to the home (FTTH) projects, has unveiled a second Gigabit FTTH gateway with ten times more bandwidth than its original 100Mbps gateway.

Gerlas van den Hoven, managing director of Genexis, says "This new unit is compliant with industry standards such as IEEE 1000Base-BX10 and 802.3ah, and is designed to be used in open access networks whereby multiple service providers deliver their services over a single fiber infrastructure."