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ZTE Firefox OS smartphone available globally for $80

posted onAugust 13, 2013
by l33tdawg

No one doubts that Android is the number one smartphone operating system and that Apple's iOS is number two. The real question is "Who will be number three?"

Windows Phone is moving up; Blackberry is imploding; and, the Linux-based Ubuntu and Firefox want to be in the mix as well.

US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

posted onSeptember 3, 2012
by l33tdawg

China’s dominant telco vendors ZTE Corp and Huawei will take part in US congressional hearings next month regarding investigations of alleged Chinese spy threats to US telecommunications infrastructure.

The House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has invited both ZTE chairman Hou Weigui and Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu to testify. ZTE’s US arm confirmed its participation in the upcoming congressional hearing but Huawei has yet to publicly comment on whether any of its executives would take part.

FBI Investigating ZTE for Selling Spy Gear to Iran

posted onJuly 13, 2012
by l33tdawg

The FBI has launched an investigation into allegations that a top Chinese maker of phone equipment supplied Iran with U.S.-made hardware and software, including a powerful surveillance system, in violation of federal laws and a trade embargo, according to The Smoking Gun.

Investigators, who began their probe earlier this year, have also found evidence that the company planned to obstruct a Department of Commerce inquiry into the contract behind the sales.

ZTE shows off 1.7TBps network

posted onMarch 16, 2012
by l33tdawg

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has demonstrated an optical fiber network transmitting at a blazing 1.7TBs! 

The network which uses Wavelength Division Mutiplexing separtes data into different wavelengths and transmits them over the same optical fiber. In the demonstration, ZTE made use of 8 different channels, each transmitting at 216.4Gbps and covered a distance of 1,087 miles over standard optical cables. 

Don't hope of this coming to an ISP near you within the next 5 years though.