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Mobile TV to take years to become widespread
Two major research firms doubt that mobile TV services will become popular among wireless subscribers. A new report from Forrester Research indicates that it will take a number of years for mobile TV services to become a reality in the United States and Europe. The research firm says that lack of consumer demand, combined with technical, handset pricing and usability issues will delay the widespread use of mobile TV.
Rajiv Pancholy has stepped down as president and CEO of Mitec Telecom Inc. He joined the Montreal-based company in October 2002 and led a major restructuring of the firm that included the sale of Swedish operations. Despite the Pancholy-led reorganization, the company continued to suffer heavy financial losses. Long-time CFO Keith Findlay will take over as CEO on an interim basis. The company also announced that Stefano Bazzacchi has been appointed acting CFO. He joined Mitec in April 2005 as director of financial services.
RIM reportedly in talks with chip-maker Intel
Research in Motion Ltd. is reportedly in talks with chip-maker Intel Corp. about a potential deal that would see RIM use Intel chips in future generations of its wireless email devices. According to reports, the deal would allow RIM to power its devices so that users could check emails and surf the Internet in hotspots. RIM is already testing a Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry, the 7270, but has been quiet so far about its commercial introduction (RoW, April 19/05). The company is coming under increasing pressure from competitors such as Intellisync, Microsoft Corp., Visto Inc. and Good Technology Inc. and is looking for ways to maintain its stranglehold on the enterprise user market.