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“Samsung is committed to delivering the classroom of the future – taking learning beyond the blackboard and supporting the adoption of new technologies into our teaching environments.”

Posted on 13 April 2013 by Africa Business

Exclusive interview with Paulo Ferreira, Head of Enterprise Mobility, Samsung South Africa – gold sponsor at African Education Week.

1) What would you say are the main challenges to creating a more e-friendly learning environment in South African/African schools?
A few key areas that are challenging from an e-learning perspective include:
a. Changing perceptions – By nature, people are resistant to change and of course technology for some can seem rather daunting. However, what is not realised is the ease of use such technology solutions offer – targeted at making life more convenient and providing easier access to the education processes that are already in play. Changing perceptions in this regard can be tricky however, we believe we have a solid solution that has proven its results and this I am sure will stand testament to its success within the education environment.
b. Broadband access – South Africa still has a somewhat immature broadband capacity which can be a hindrance to interactive education from a technology point of view. However, the school’s technology partner can work around this to find the best solution – where this form of education is still largely viable and therefore should be invested in, even with our market constraints.
c. Digital content – Publishers also need to play their role in digitizing their text books so that these are readily available with the correct digital rights management (DRM) in place.
d. Electricity – in rural areas power is a challenge, etc.

2) Can you give us an indication of the extent of Samsung Education Solutions’ interests across Africa?
Where Africa is a continent seeking a number of solutions, to increase education and provide opportunity for the youth, there is a very high demand of technology companies to offer some of these education solutions and as a major player in the technology space we are seeing a large demand for our products and technologies in assisting with this reach into Africa and South Africa respectively.

Samsung started off by offering the African continent our Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS). A world-first; the exclusively solar-powered, mobile and completely independent classroom is geared at increasing accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa. It is designed particularly for use in remote rural areas with limited or no access to electricity. Each Solar Powered Internet School is built in a 40 foot (12 metre) long shipping container, making them easily transportable via truck to remote areas. The schools are built for energy-scarce environments, harsh weather conditions, and for transportation over long distances. Fold-away solar panels provide enough energy to power the classroom’s equipment for up to nine hours a day, and for one and a half days without any sunlight at all. The solar-panels themselves are made from rubber instead of glass to ensure they are hardy and durable enough to survive long journeys across the continent. Furthermore, the classroom can comfortably accommodate 21 learners, and includes several layers of insulation and a ventilation system, to ensure a temperate environment is maintained. Each classroom is fitted with a 50 inch electronic E-board and various Samsung Notebooks and Netbooks, including the world-first solar powered netbooks and Galaxy Tablets for student and teacher interface. The School is also equipped with an energy-efficient refrigerator, a file server, router, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), video camera and world first Wi-Fi camera, all of which are designed to communicate via 3G. This allows a central location (such as the Department of Education) to monitor classes and deliver curriculum-based content directly to both the learners’ and educators’ notebooks.

The success of this Samsung solution is evident through the one that has been stationed at Phomolong Secondary School in Tembisa for approximately 9 months. Over this time, the matric pass rate increased from 89% the previous year to 97% at the end of 2012 – an increase of 8%.

Following on from this offering, Samsung provides what we term our Smart School Solution–These solutions for Africa are adopted in different forms, where some schools use only the e-learning boards with others deploying the full end-to-end solutions consisting of tablets, interactive white boards (IWB) boards, content management system (CMS), learner management system (LMS) and other software which delivers pedagogical value. The solution deployment is mostly dependant on available funding as well as the immediate requirements of the school, however it can be adapted and increased as required – with minimal effort or infrastructure cost, other than hardware.

3) How do you see things evolving in the short term?
I see a much stronger move towards a technologically innovative classroom. As more and more schools start using this form of education, and as the increased learner results start to legitimise the offering, we expect to see a larger uptake of Smart School solutions in Africa, where we believe that a solution that is technologically driven is critical in moving forward with the way in which students prefer to learn and the way in which content today is delivered.

4) How will technology change the way learners are taught, do you think?
Today learners are becoming very tech-savvy and engage with one another through technology as a primary means of communication. As such, ensuring education takes place within this environment means that learners will naturally engage more actively within the education space – learning more and increasing their knowledge around technology at the same time.

Further to this, for the teacher, technology changes the education landscape drastically, for the better. Teachers are now able to ascertain which learners are struggling and which are exceeding classroom standards and educate them at their own pace, through interactive software.

Furthermore, the teaching environment becomes a lot more practical and interactive – where the educator can demonstrate the learners work on her e-board.

The below areas indicate how the Samsung Smart School solution enables quality education in Africa:

The interactive management solution delivers content to students and allows for the sharing of screens inside the classroom, providing teachers with the ability to monitor student progress and conduct group activities, as well as run tests or instant polls.

On the learning management system side, provision is made for the supply of educational materials that include e-textbooks, learning apps and timetables, as well as delivering school notices that can be accessed by students at any time.

While the student information system tracks student attendance, includes grade history, and keeps record of prizes or demerit points. Furthermore, students are able to access their school information at any time – whether at home or at school – and are able to interact with their peers and teachers via online portals and interactive communication tools. Through this they are better able to share their views and queries on school work as well as engage with peers and teachers in a real time manner.

5) What is your vision for education?
I envision a future of education that is underpinned by technology – in all schools across Africa. It would be great to see a continent that places technology at the core of education, that encompasses its opportunities and uses these to create even more technologically driven solutions available to all youth, no matter what their financial standing.

Through this vision, I see an education sector that actively monitors real-time progress of all learners, that sees teachers become active owners of education and encourages their own growth and learning as a result, as well as an education sector that is underpinned by streamlined curriculum, less reliance on government delivery of key material and resources for learning, and a solid solution that enables quality education.

6) What surprises you about this sector?
At first I guess you can say we were surprised that technology is being adopted so late down the line in comparison to global markets, and that as a result there is resistance in the market to adopt technology as a means of education.

However, now that we are far into the process of educating the market and are implementing these solutions in a number of schools we are witnessing a surprising interest in what technology has to offer the education sector – it seems the resistance is being negated by the fact that real, tangible results can be seen and that the market is starting to realise the critical importance of not only incorporating technology for the sake of having technologically updated processes but also because of the quality education technology offers this market.

7) What will be your message at African Education Week?
Samsung is committed to delivering the classroom of the future – taking learning beyond the blackboard and supporting the adoption of new technologies into our teaching environments. Through the Smart School solution, teachers are provided with the flexibility they need to conduct interactive lessons and engage with students quicker and more effectively. Ultimately, we see this as an ideal way to elevate education and foster a creative learning environment in a managed digital setting. Certainly our hope is to contribute to increases in student grades and classroom interaction through our technology capabilities.

8) Why did you decide to become a gold sponsor at this event?
Education is a key sector of our business portfolio and given the fact that we have a strong viable solution to offer in this sector – one that elevates the education sector through empowering teachers and learners – we believe that this conference and what we are trying to achieve from an education perspective offers strong synergies. Of course, Samsung are also aiming to become leaders in this sector from a technology perspective and as such, this conference offers us the opportunity to demonstrate this. We also see it as a platform to show our partnership with Maramedia, one of our partners in delivering digitized content for students on tablets.

9) Anything you would like to add?
Technology in education and real e-learning solutions cannot be achieved solely by one vendor alone. The industry as a whole needs to collaborate – from the departments of education, the hardware manufacturers, the application developers, the content publishers, to the teachers – we’re all stakeholders in this process of making a difference. The time is now for us to partner effectively and deliver on the potential these solutions offer.

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E-learning and technology in the classroom in focus at African Education Week in June

Posted on 13 April 2013 by Africa Business

“It is very difficult to think of any learning that is not E-enabled.”

Are mobile devices revolutionary or disruptive in a classroom setting?  Should IT and social media be used to develop professional learning networks?  And can twitter, Facebook and MixIT enhance teaching and learning in the classroom?  These are some of the compelling questions that will be discussed during the Education Technology Indaba at the annual African Education Week from 19-22 June at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The African Education Week Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa.  Now in its 7th year, it remains the continent’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event.

“E” will be big!
“’E’ will be big this year in South African education!” says well-known educational technology expert and head of e-Learning at Mustek, Kobus van Wyk.  “Although e-Learning is already happening in isolated schools, it still has to get going at a much broader level.  e-Learning can make a huge contribution towards alleviating the bad state of education in South Africa.”

He continues:  “the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) is putting large emphasis on the use of technology in education, or e-education as they call it. In its document, “Action Plan to 2014”, chapter 7 is entitled “The importance of e-education,” with some ambitious goals set for 2013 and 2014. This adds impetus to the implementation of e-learning initiatives in the different provinces.”

From tablets to phablets
According to Kobus van Wyk, who is a regular speaker at African Education Week, it became very apparent during 2012 “that the use of tablets and mobile devices will play an increasingly important role in education in the future.”  He encourages teachers to embrace technology:  “Educators, get your hands on a device – today!  Experience it first hand, familiarise yourself with it, and when you get stuck, ask a learner to help you!”

“It’s not just tablets that are the way forward, it is the concept of ‘bring your own device (BYOD)’ says one of this year’s keynote speakers at African Education Week, Prof Johannes Cronje, Dean Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

He explains:  “tablets are getting cheaper and cheaper, and more and more versatile.  Of course it’s not just tablets but the combination of tablets and phones, “Phablets”, that are set to revolutionise things.  We are progressively finding that our technology has to be portable.  We are moving to a multi-screen universe, with the screens being very intelligent, and even knowing where they are and who is using them.  This ability of machines to learn our behaviour and our needs will mean that we have to explore new ways of learning and thinking about technology.”

Prof Cronje believes the term E-learning will disappear in favour of an older term, “learning”.  He says:  “since electronic books have started outselling printed books, and since Facebook exchanges are outperforming email, it is very difficult to think of any learning that is not E-enabled.”

Today’s learners tech-savvy
“Today learners are becoming very tech-savvy and engage with one another through technology as a primary means of communication” says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung South Africa.  “As such”, he continues, “ensuring education takes place within this environment means that learners will naturally engage more actively within the education space – learning more and increasing their knowledge around technology at the same time.”

Samsung started off by offering the African continent our Solar Powered Internet Schools (SPIS),” says Paulo, “a world-first; the exclusively solar-powered, mobile and completely independent classroom is geared at increasing accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa.  It is designed particularly for use in remote rural areas with limited or no access to electricity.  Each Solar Powered Internet School is built in a 12 metre long shipping container, making them easily transportable via truck to remote areas.”

Paulo Ferreira says “the success of this Samsung solution is evident through the one that has been stationed at Phomolong Secondary School in Tembisa for approximately 9 months.  Over this time, the matric pass rate increased from 89% the previous year to 97% at the end of 2012 – an increase of 8%.”  Samsung is a gold sponsor at this year’s African Education Week.

More programme highlights in the Education Technology Indaba at African Education Week will include:

· Panel discussion:  A futuristic view of education

Kobus van Wyk, Head of e-Learning, Mustek

Phil Minisi, Director for Curriculum Innovation, Department of Basic Education, South Africa

· Panel discussion: The challenge of change: Is social media disruptive in education?

Adele Botha, Senior Research Scientist, CSIR Meraka Institute, South Africa

Maggie Verster, Senior Consultant, ICT4Champions, South Africa

Jaye Richards Hills, Digital Evangelist, Educator and Innovator, ICT in Education Excellence Group Member at The Scottish Government, United Kingdom

Paul Colditz, CEO, Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools (Fedsas)

· Panel discussion:  E-learning in action

Dr Johan Jacobs, Deputy Director: Facility of Learning & ICT Support, UNISA Campus Cape Town, South Africa

Brett Simpson, Managing Director, Breadbin, South Africa

Overcoming the barriers to e-learning and distance education: An African perspective Kobus van Wyk, Head of e-Learning, Mustek

Prof Johannes Cronjé, Dean, Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

Elizabeth Thobejane, CEO, Gauteng City Region Academy,Gauteng Education, South Africa

Event dates:
Wednesday, 19 June 2013: Preconference workshops
Thursday, 20 June 2013:  Opening keynote session, Learning Expo opens
Friday, 21 June 2013: Conference sessions, Learning Expo open
Saturday, 22 June 2013: Learning Expo open, Post conference workshops

Location: Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa
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Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone:  +27 21 700 3558
mobile:  +27 82 562 7844

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How to manage the mobile revolution

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Africa Business

Enterprise mobility is inevitable, but the challenges of implementing it are significant. To help CIOs navigate the mobility minefield, ITWeb will stage a one-day Mobility Summit, addressed by experts in the enterprise mobility space.

There is no turning back from enterprise mobility, say key players – the only consideration now is how enterprises will adapt their strategies to cope with the inevitable change. Enterprise mobility and its associated challenges, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) management and information security, are a key concern for CIOs and executives around the world as they grapple with the change that enterprise mobility is bringing.

ITWeb Events Director Angela Mace says ITWeb, first to bring to market events that address top trends in a changing landscape, noted serious concerns among CIOs and business management over the issues of embracing enterprise mobility in a manageable and secure way. To assist local enterprises in doing so, ITWeb is fielding a line-up of experts in mobility management, security and trends to address these concerns.


ITWeb Events Director Angela Mace notes serious concerns among CIOs and business management over the issues of embracing enterprise mobility in a manageable and secure way.

Among the experts addressing the ITWeb Mobility Summit will be Sean Wainer, Country Manager of Citrix, who will outline trends and proven benefits in enterprise mobility, Paulo Ferreira, head of enterprise mobility at Samsung South Africa, who will address the BYOD phenomenon; and Jon Hoehler, manager, Mobile Technologies, Deloitte Digital, with Tim Bishop, director, Deloitte Digital, who will outline new business models and untapped potential presented by enterprise mobility.

Dr Brian Armstrong, managing director of Telkom Business, will elaborate on convergence in the enterprise, explaining his point that “There is a misconception that convergence is a small area of telecommunications. It is much bigger than that, he notes – convergence is happening across all areas of IT, throughout the enterprise.”

“We are seeing platforms combining, fixed and mobile combining with the cloud, and the horizontalisation of services. There is no turning back from this,” Armstrong says. This is having a huge impact on IT within companies, he notes.

Farren Roper of FNB Connect ISP and FNB Business Operations; Justin Coetzee, founder of mobile transport information app Go Metro; and Lynette Hundermark, head of Prezence Digital, will present local case studies designed to illustrate real-world mobility benefits and challenges. Hundermark, who will present a case study on Ster Kinekor’s mobile strategy, believes enterprises need to focus on their mobile strategies now, to gain competitive advantage. “In the next six to 12 months, it will all start coming together in terms of mobile purchasing, mobile ticketing and access to multiple payment options, including an integrated mobile wallet payment solution,” she says.

In addition, Andre van Zyl, senior manager enterprise products & services at MTN Business and Wesley Lynch, chief executive officer at Realmdigital, will explain the real business benefits to be experienced through mobility and mobile apps.

The Mobility Summit, sponsored by Citrix, Samsung, Telkom Business and Quintica, will present South Africa’s CIOs, CEOs, business executives and senior IT professionals with an invaluable opportunity to gain in-depth insights into the trends, challenges and solutions around enterprise mobility. They will also benefit from extensive networking opportunities with the experts and their peers throughout the Summit and during a cocktail function after the event.

The ITWeb Mobility Summit 2013 will take place at The Forum in Bryanston on 22 May. For more information about this event, click here.

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SA: Education group, CTI, advances learning

Posted on 05 March 2013 by Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

CTI is the first to offer free tablet computers for study – the group says.

The groups also attests that this is the Digital learning revolution for CTI degree students.

CTI is one of South Africa’s leading private higher education institutions with students studying across 12 campuses, and awards degrees and diplomas to a growing market of full-time and part-time students in such subjects as business, information technology, law, psychology and counselling, graphic design and creative arts. The CTI group since 2006 has included partner Midrand Graduate Institute (MGI).

According to CTI, in a move that will revolutionize the way they study [students], CTI Education Group will become the first higher education institution in South Africa to offer its students tablet computers loaded with prescribed textbooks, at no extra cost.

Over two thousand students who will start their degree studies at CTI in January will receive the new ten-inch touch-screen Samsung Galaxy Note tablets, loaded with up to eight prescribed textbooks’ of course material, a note added.

The tablets will be supplied to first-year students commencing their Bachelor of Commerce and BSc in Computing Systems degrees at CTI’s twelve campuses across South Africa.

Darren Fox, chief executive of CTI Education Group, comments: “To succeed in their future careers, young South Africans will need to be IT-literate and fully fluent with the latest technology. We want to make our students’ learning experience as close as possible to the world of work they will be entering, and we’re very pleased to partner with Samsung, one of the world’s leading technology companies, to do that.”

A study conducted earlier this year by the Pearson Foundation of college students in the United States revealed that students believe tablets and other mobile devices will transform learning, with tablet ownership among college students having tripled in the last year.

The survey reveals that more students are reading digital books, and that a majority (63%) of college students believe that tablets will effectively replace textbooks within the next five years.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the third most popular tablet among the students surveyed in the Pearson Foundation study.

Nearly all the students surveyed believed these devices are valuable for educational purposes, and around half of them say that they would be more likely to read textbooks on a tablet because of access to embedded interactive materials, access to social networks to share notes or ask questions, and access to instructors’ comments in the reading material.

CTI Education Group’s Fox added: “Our partnership with Samsung makes us the first higher education institution in South Africa to offer our students tablet computers loaded with all of their prescribed textbooks at no extra cost beyond their normal course fees.

“By putting cutting-edge technology into their hands while they study with us, we believe we can give our students the best possible education for the modern world and the industries in which they will work. CTI focuses on equipping our students with the skills and drive that they’ll need to find fulfilling careers and add value to the South African economy. That is why our graduates tend to find employment more quickly than most.”

Sibongile Malebane is studying for her Bachelor of Commerce at CTI’s Pretoria campus and took part in a pilot programme by CTI on tablet usage this year. She said: “The Samsung tablet has changed my view on electronic media. I used it in lectures and it has made it easier for me to have all my study guides in it.”

Allaster Le Goabe, studying the same course, said: “The tablet is fun to use. The applications available with the study guides make studying and making notes a whole lot easier.”

CTI students will access their textbooks through advanced e-text software, allowing them to read their textbooks on-screen. Course lecturers will be able to make notes and update texts throughout the academic year. These will automatically update to students’ tablet devices.

Students will be offered training in how to use their tablets, and will have access to additional loan tablets and e-learning support when they are on campus. Students will also be able to use their tablets to access Wi-Fi at all of CTI’s campuses, at no additional expense.

CTI has also secured insurance and warranties for all the tablets and will pay for this on behalf of the students.

CTI is part of Pearson, the world’s largest education company, a pioneer in the use of digital and mobile technologies to enhance learning.

Mark Cunnington, Managing Director for Higher Education at Pearson South Africa, said: “We are constantly seeking ways to use technology to give people access to a better education all over the world. Millions of students from the United States, Europe, Asia and now across Africa use Pearson’s digital learning tools to enhance their learning every day.
Thanks to this partnership, CTI students will now be part of the digital learning revolution which has the power to transform learning outcomes in South Africa.”

In 2010, CTI became a part of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. Pearson has over 100 years’ heritage in educational publishing and assessment, and works in more than seventy countries offering products and services that help people make progress in their lives through learning.
In South Africa, Pearson also publishes for schools and colleges under the Heinemann and Maskew Miller Longman imprints.

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New Study from Tech Archival Explores Australian Smartphone Market Right Through 2018

Posted on 04 March 2013 by Africa Business

Samsung Outstrips Apple and RIM in Australia’s US$ 4 Billion Smartphone Market in 2012, Says Tech Archival.


Portland, OR –(– Smartphone, invented at the rise of a new technological era has quickly become a consumer necessity in today’s world. One cannot just define this device as a communication medium, for the reason that it’s a versatile gadget with ability to manage everything including internet browsing, emailing, locating a place with GPS, high definition photography, managing personal and business information, and almost everything a computer is capable of with the help of numerous built in apps and their incredible functionality. 

Following the rising worldwide demand for smartphones, Australia too has witnessed greater than ever popularity of smartphones due to its versatile functionality. According to “Australia Smartphone Market Assessment & Future Opportunities 2008-2018,” a recent focused study published by Tech Archival, the smartphone demand in Australia is estimated to grow at a CAGR of nearly 10% over the five year period from 2013 to 2018. The Australian smartphone market grew almost triple fold between 2008 and 2012, reaching annualised smartphone sales volume to more than 10 Million units in 2012.

The top three leading players in the market are Samsung, Apple and Nokia which comprised nearly 90% of total smartphone sales volumes in 2012. Samsung became the dominant player by claiming more than 50% of market share. The remaining segment comprises players that offer a low cost alternative to an iPhone or galaxy. As a result, there is not enough space left for rest of the competitors including RIM, HTC, ZTE, etc to claim a leading position which portrays an intense rivalry in the Australian smartphone market.

“Smartphones are now more reasonably priced and pervasive. Industries are merging as market giants such as Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and Google are becoming direct competitors in the battle for the smartphone consumer. The next challenge for companies will be withstanding the intense competition and sustaining growth,” said Manmohan Joshi, Research Director at Tech Archival.

Adoption of technology has extremely increased the number of consumers using smartphones and it shows no signs of slowing down even up till 2018 when Australian smartphone sales are anticipated to reach more than 18 million units.

About Tech Archival-

Tech Archival is a global technology intelligence company providing focused market research solutions and consulting services. Our research studies are designed to provide wealth of insights that cover both industries and markets including market size by value, by sales, market segmentation by companies, geographies, production capacities, product segmentation, business trends, threats and opportunity analysis, competitive strategies and company profiles among many more.

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Beyond Consumers, Beyond the US: the Implications of LTE for Defense, Public Safety, Energy, and What the World Can Learn from the US Market

Posted on 04 February 2013 by Africa Business

FARMINGTON, Conn. /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The next generation wireless technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE), is gathering headlines at breakneck pace. But the consumer focused coverage of Apple against Samsung and Verizon against AT&T misses the other 60% of the market, the vertical industries where LTE is going to have an even greater impact. Global Information Inc (GII), one of the world’s oldest market research aggregators, has partnered with leading publishers to offer new studies and forecasts for the business impact of LTE in major markets. How will LTE impact oil, gas and energy production? How is the defense industry being shaped by LTE and wireless infrastructure? What are the implications for security and public safety?

New research suggests that well over 60% of LTE service revenue worth approximately $23 billion in annual service revenue will come from non-consumer vertical markets over the next five years. Spending towards wireless technologies will expand beyond the 45% of total telecom CAPEX currently going into LTE infrastructure. As Asia and the U.S. drives accelerated growth, the EU, South America and the Middle East should benchmark their performance and prepare for a LTE revolution of their own.

LTE in Industry Verticals: Market Opportunities and Forecasts 2013 – 2018

Given its economic feasibility and the growing demand for data applications within the vertical market segments such as public safety, oil, gas and energy production, defense and others, vendors are increasingly pitching LTE as a well suited solution for fulfilling the communication needs among these vertical sectors.

Driven by its promise of diversified services such as broadband access, remote data acquisition, video surveillance and multimedia PTT, private LTE network deployments (e.g. in defense and public safety) and carrier service adoption (e.g. in the construction industry) is already underway in many vertical market segments.

We perceive LTE as a complimentary technology to LMR, and the growth of LTE is unlikely to cannibalize underlying LMR sales. On the contrary it is accretive, and at present the majority of LTE deployments are targeted to provide services such as mobile video that compliment mission critical voice (which is still supported by LMR).

Key companies and organizations mentioned in this report include: Alcatel Lucent, AT&T, BL Healthcare, Capita, Cassidian, Ericsson, General Dynamics, GSMA, Harris, Huawei, Motorola Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks, Pepper Construction, Qatar MOI, Raytheon, Rio Tinto, Swindon Borough Council, Telit Wireless Solutions, Texas Energy Network (TEN), U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, UK Broadband, and Verizon Wireless.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

Public Safety LTE: A Global Assessment of Market Size, Technology, Vendor Trends and Spectrum Allocation 2013 – 2018

LTE is rapidly gaining momentum within the Public Safety industry. As a result Public Safety agencies, vendors and service provider are heavily investing in Public Safety LTE, with commercial deployments in both the North America and the Middle East region. While initial investments appear promising there still remain a number of key issues that need to be addressed such as frequency spectrum allocation, funding for private LTE network deployments, QoS prioritization of users in commercial networks, and interoperability with legacy Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems such as APCO 25 and TETRA.

This report provides an in-depth examination of the global Public Safety LTE industry with detailed assessments of the technology, market size, and key trends within the Public Safety LTE industry.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

LTE lessons from market leaders in the USA

The USA is the most competitive LTE market in the world, with five operational networks as of December 2012, spanning multiple business models including low-cost, prepaid and high-speed premium services. LTE networks in the US are starting to deliver on the promises made by operators about 3G networks for advanced services such as high-speed data, mobile video delivery and two-way video calling. However, speed alone is not sufficient to ensure market success. Service coverage, multiple pricing models and device portfolios all drive user acceptance as well.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

The Wireless Infrastructure Market 2013-2018: Wi-Fi, WiMax, 3G, HSPA+ and LTE

LTE, 3G and WiFi offload equipment revenue share will rise while the market for WiMAX will continue to shrink. Given the market dynamics, Visiongain believes that the LTE equipment revenues will increase at CAGR of 13% while the WCDMA RAN market will contract by -5%. Overall 3G, WiMAX and LTE equipment revenues will grow at 3% CAGR over the report’s forecast period.

This report provides regional sales forecasts and includes insight into the specific market drivers and restraints for Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Central and Latin America, and Rest of the World countries. The report compares WiMAX and LTE, 3G and HSPA, 3G and LTE technologies and also discusses how WiFi offload is being applied towards capacity and coverage solutions for mobile operators.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

For more market research highlights, technical research news and industry updates, please visit

About Global Information Inc. Global Information (GII) ( is an information service company partnering with over 300 research companies around the world. Global Information has been in the business of distributing technical and market research for more than 25 years. Expanded from its original headquarters in Japan, Global Information now has offices in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Europe and the United States.

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The World Market For Military Infrared Imaging Detectors And Systems (Vol. IRW-M, 2013 Edition)

Posted on 27 January 2013 by Africa Business

FAIRFIELD, Conn., Jan., 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2013 edition of its market research report on military infrared detectors and systems markets (Vol. IRW-M).

Military budgets worldwide are under pressure – especially in the U.S. and Europe where budget deficits are forcing reductions in military expenditures.

To the extent that infrared imaging systems are part of the platforms (aircraft, armored vehicles and ships) that are suffering these cutbacks, they are also subject to spending cuts. However, infrared imaging/night vision provides such a powerful force multiplier that certain segments of this market continue to do well. Among these are: Persistent Surveillance, High Definition (HD) Systems, moves to High Operating Temperature (HOT) cooled detectors and systems, uncooled systems, growth in SWIR systems.

Despite this, in the U.S., the timing of procurements in certain programs (including 2nd Gen cooled systems and some uncooled systems) is leading to a slowdown. At the same time, growth in military infrared continues rapidly in parts of Asia (India and China) and the Middle East.

What’s new in this report?

Spending Projections for military infrared systems for the top 25 countries worldwide:

  • NORTH AMERICA: U.S. and Canada
  • EUROPE: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Norway
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • ASIA: China, Russia, India
  • PACIFIC RIM: Japan, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore
  • SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil, Colombia

Maxtech International’s up-to-date research on World Military Infrared Imaging Markets separately covers the infrared detectors (FPAs) and the military systems in which they are used. The following military infrared systems are covered in detail:
Ground-based Systems, including Night Sights, Fire Control Systems, Driver’s Vision Enhancers, Thermal Weapon Sights, Fused IR/I2 Systems, Unattended Ground Sensors, Soldier Systems, Hostile Fire Indicators (HFI);
Airborne Systems, including Targeting/Navigation Pods, Targeting/Piloting Systems, Reconnaissance Systems, Infrared Countermeasures, Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Systems and Persistent Surveillance Systems (fixed wing, rotary wing and UAVs);
Naval Systems including optronic masts, thermal night sights, and shipboard IRST;
Tactical Missile Seekers, including air-to-air, surface-air, air-surface, ground-ground; and smart munitions;
Strategic Surveillance and Missile Defense including infrared satellite early warning systems and ballistic missile defense systems.

The World Market for Military Infrared Imaging Detectors and Systems is the only such report on world military infrared markets and follows Maxtech International’s highly acclaimed report on world commercial infrared markets. The report contains over 400 pages of up-to-date market information, including:

  • The current size of world military infrared detector and systems markets (base year: 2012)
  • Five-year projections of world military infrared detector and systems markets (2013 – 2017)
  • Geographic segmentation of the overall market into the following regions:
  • North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East
  • An analysis of military infrared capabilities for 25 countries
  • Five-year Projections for Military Infrared Spending for the Top 25 Countries Worldwide
  • The expected market growth rate for various types of infrared FPAs
  • Technology trends and the status of next-generation FPAs and systems
  • Competitive analyses and market shares
  • Profiles of 49 suppliers of Military Infrared Imaging Detectors and Systems

New sections include:

  • Growth of HOT (High Operating Temperature) FPAs
  • Growth and market shares for InGaAs FPAs

The structure of the report:

Executive Summary
A concise summary of the important results in the report.

A review of definitions, the scope of topics covered, the methodology used and the sources of information.

Types of Infrared Detectors and Systems – An Analysis
Cooled Focal Plane Arrays, Cameras and Systems

  • Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) FPAs and systems
  • Indium Antimonide (InSb) FPAs and systems
  • QWIPs (Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors) FPAs and systems
  • T2SL (Type II Superlattice) FPAs and systems
  • nBn Detectors FPAs and systems
  • Lead Sulfide and Lead Selenide (PbS and PbSe) FPAs and systems
  • Extrinsic Silicon (Si:X) FPAs and systems
  • Other cooled FPAs and systems
  • HOT (High Operating Temperature) FPAs

New developments in detector cooling technologies: Thermoelectric, Stirling and Joule-Thomson.
New developments in infrared optics.

Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs), Cameras and Systems

  • Vanadium Oxide (VOx) Microbolometers and Systems
  • Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Microbolometers and Systems
  • SOI FPAs
  • Ferroelectric (Pyroelectric) Arrays and Systems
  • Thermopile Arrays and Systems
  • Vacuum Packaging of Uncooled FPAs
  • Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) FPAs and Systems
  • Novel Uncooled Technologies

Uncooled FPA development and production plans in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and the Rest of the World.

Trends in Military Infrared Imaging Systems:

  • 1st Gen
  • 2nd Gen
  • 3rd Gen
  • HD (High Definition) Infrared Systems
  • HOT (“High” Operating Temperature) FPAs and Systems

Major U.S. infrared programs (funding, program status and infrared components used)

  • 2nd Gen HTI upgrades
  • 3rd Gen FLIR
  • Nett Warrior
  • Driver’s Vision Enhancer –FOS (Family of Systems)
  • BCTM (Brigade Combat Team Modernization)
  • GCV (Ground Combat Vehicle) IR
  • AAV (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) thermal sights
  • VOSS (Vehicle Optics Sensor System)
  • Thermal Weapon Sights (and Advanced Weapon Sight Technology-AWST)
  • XM25 (Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System)
  • FWS (Family of Weapon sights)
  • ENVG (Enhanced Night Vision Goggle) and ENVG III
  • COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager)
  • MRTB (Medium Range Thermal Bi-ocular)
  • LLDR
  • JETS (Joint Effects Targeting System)
  • F-22 Missile Launch Detector (MLD)
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter EO (EOTS and DAS)
  • Sniper ATP (Advanced Targeting Pod) and ATP-SE
  • Litening G5
  • ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting FLIR)
  • MTS (Multispectral Targeting System)
  • CSP (Common Sensor Payload)
  • ACES-HY (Hyperspectral Sensors) and SPIRITT (Spectral Infrared Imaging Transition Testbed)
  • MTADS/PNVS upgrade for Apache
  • GFAS (Ground Fire Acquisition System)
  • DIRCM (Directed Infrared Counter Measures)
  • LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures) and NexGen MWS (Missile Warning System)
  • CIRCM (Common Infrared Countermeasures)
  • JATAS (Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System)
  • P-8A Poseidon EO/IR
  • UAV EO/IR systems (Switchblade, Predator, Reaper, Pioneer, Shadow TUAV, Gray Eagle , Global Hawk, BAM UAS, Raven, Fire Scout VTUAV MQ-8B)
  • Javelin
  • Avenger upgrades
  • JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile)
  • JAGM (Joint Air to Ground Missile)
  • JSOW (Joint Standoff Weapon
  • SDB II (Small Diameter Bomb II)
  • SFW (Sensor Fuzed Weapon)
  • AIM-9X
  • Shipboard IRST
  • SPS (Shipboard Protection System)
  • Phalanx CIWS
  • ACERTS (Airborne Counter Explosive Reconnaissance and Targeting System) – formerly ASTAMIDS
  • AWAPSS (Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor)
  • ARGUS-IR (Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance – Infrared)
  • WAPS (Wide Area Persistent Surveillance – AngelFire)
  • U-2 SYERS reconnaissance pod
  • SBIRS (Space-based Infrared System)
  • OPIR (Overhead Persistent Infrared)
  • CHIRP (Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload)
  • High Stare
  • STSS (Space Tracking and Surveillance System)
  • PTSS (Precision Tracking Space System)
  • Ballistic Missile Defense (Aegis BMD, Standard Missile SM-3 seeker, Ground-based Midcourse Segment, EKV seeker, THAAD – plus many others).

European infrared programs

  • MIRAS missile warning system for A400M
  • AASM
  • Storm Shadow /Scalp EG
  • FCLV (Panther)
  • FIST
  • FRES
  • Eurofighter Typhoon
  • BGTI
  • Damocles
  • DNVS3
  • IRIS-T
  • OSF
  • SMArt 155
  • IdZ/Gladius (WBZG-HuntIR, NYXUS-Bird, IRV, DRAGON-C)
  • NH-90
  • Tiger
  • Taurus
  • VBCI
  • Watchkeeper

Technology Trends
Leading research and technology developments are discussed. High Operating Temperature (“HOT”) sensors, new developments in Type II Superlattice (T2SL) FPAs (VISTA), 3-D Imaging Sensors, Ultra-small pixel Uncooled FPAs and Novel Uncooled FPA development.

Military Infrared Programs
More than 200 major military infrared programs worldwide are described including the detector type, prime contractors, status of program and status of funding.

Market Segmentation and Forecasts
World market sizes and forecasts from 2012 to 2017 are provided separately for Infrared Detectors and Systems.
The overall market (consumption) is segmented geographically into the following regions: North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East.
The detector market is segmented by cooled FPAs, First Generation, Discrete and Uncooled FPAs.
A five-year forecast (by number of units) is made separately for the following FPAs: mercury cadmium telluride, indium antimonide/nBn, QWIPs, Other Cooled FPAs, Uncooled Microbolometers, Indium Gallium Arsenide and Other Uncooled.
A separate forecast is given for HOT FPAs
A separate, more detailed forecast is given for U.S. military infrared systems in the following segments:
Tactical Missiles, Strategic Missiles and Defense, Airborne, Naval and Ground Based systems.
Five-year Projections for Military Infrared Spending for the Top 25 Countries Worldwide are provide.

Suppliers of Military Infrared Detectors and Systems
The structure of the military infrared industry is analyzed. Market shares for suppliers of infrared detectors (overall) and of various types of infrared FPAs are given separately. Market shares for suppliers of infrared systems are given. A total of 46 company profiles are provided, including:

AIM Infrarot-Module (AIM) Honeywell International Opgal
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) IAI – Tamam Orion R&P
BAE Systems ITT Exelis Qioptiq
Boeing IRnova Rafael
Cassidian Optronics L-3 Communications Raytheon
Diehl BGT Defence L-3 Cincinnati Electronics Raytheon Vision Systems
DRS Technologies L-3 EOTECH Rheinmetall Defense Electronics
EADS L-3 Infrared Products SCD Semi-Conductor Devices
Elbit Systems ElOp L-3 Insight Sagem Defense & Security
Elbit Sys of America L-3 KEO Selex ES
(Kollsman) L-3 Wescam Sofradir
Finmeccanica Lockheed Martin Teledyne Imaging Sensors
FLIR Systems Mitsubishi Electric Teledyne Judson
FLIR Systems – Indigo N2 Imaging Systems Textron Systems
Fujitsu NEC Thales
General Dynamics GIT NORIR ULIS
Northrop Grumman UTC Aerospace Systems

Other companies included in the report: ACREO AB, AeroVironment, Agiltron, Amorphous Materials, Argon ST, Aselsan, Astrium, Beijing GWIC, Bharat Electronics, Bosch, Bridge Semiconductor, Cantronic Systems, Chunghwa Telecom, Controp, Dali, Elisra, Eloptro, ENOSA, EPIR Technologies, Fraunhofer Institut, Freescale, GDLS, Guangzhou SAT, Gulfstream, H.G.H. Infrared Systems, Hamamatsu, Harris, HRL Labs, i3system, IAI-Elta, INO, Intevac, Irvine Sensors, Jena Optronik, Kazan Optical & Mechanical Plant, KBP Instrument Design Bureau, KEC Corp., Kongsberg, Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), Kopin, LETI/CEA, Lightpath Technologies, LumaSense, Magnity, MBDA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, MTech Imaging, NATECH, Nippon Avionics, Nivisys, Nova Sensors, Obzerv Technologies, OIP Sensor Systems, Ophir, Optics 1, Optikos, PCO, QmagiQ, QWIPTECH, RAMSYS, Saab, SABCA, Samsung Thales, Santa Barbara Infrared, Sapfir, Schott, Sensonor, Simrad Optronics, STELOP Pte., Spectrolab, Spetztekhnika, State Scientific Research & Engineering Institute, STELOP, Taurus Systems GmbH, Teledyne Dalsa, Thermoteknix, Toshiba, U & U Engineering, Ulirvision, Ulyanovsk Mechanical Plant, Umicore, Vectronix, Vertex, Wuhan Guide, Xenics, Zhejiang Dali Technology, Zvezda Strela Research and Production Center.




















Table 6.6 FORECAST ESTIMATE  FOR  “HOT” (High Operating Temperature) FOCAL PLANE ARRAYS (Units)






Chart 1.1 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors (All Detector Types) – Ranked by Dollar Shipments

Chart 1.2 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (Cooled Scanning and Staring FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 1.3 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (Scanning and Staring MCT FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 1.4 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (InSb Staring FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 1.5 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (Uncooled FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 1.6 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (InGaAs FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 1.7 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Systems – Ranked by Dollar Shipments

Chart 7.1 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (All Detector Types) – Ranked by Dollar Shipments

Chart 7.2 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (Cooled Scanning and Staring FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 7.3 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (Scanning and Staring MCT FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 7.4 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (InSb Staring FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 7.5 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (Uncooled FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 7.6 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Detectors and Detector Modules (InGaAs FPAs) – Ranked by Unit Shipments

Chart 7.7 Market Shares for Suppliers of Infrared Systems – Ranked by Dollar Shipments

For additional information:
Tel. 203-362-0165
Fax  267-295-8787

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Standard Bank, Microsoft and Samsung partnership

Posted on 30 October 2012 by Africa Business


Standard Bank South Africa, Samsung and Microsoft have partnered to give Standard Bank South Africa customers first option on Samsung’s new Ativ tablets, running the brand new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system – prior to the availability of the device in the mainstream market.

The announcement coincides with the worldwide launch of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Launches were held in New York and South Africa on 25 October.

The Standard Bank banking app, launched earlier this year on Apple, Android and Blackberry platforms, is also South African’s first banking app in the Windows 8 app store.

Samsung’s Windows Ativ tablets are ultra-slim, lightweight, long battery power devices, and will be available to only Standard Bank customers in South Africa for a limited time, ahead of their launch into the market.

Itumeleng Monale, head of self service and payments innovation at Standard Bank South Africa, says: “Standard Bank customers will be among the first in the world to use Windows 8 on a portable ARM device. Standard Bank is also the first South African bank to give customers the choice to use its banking app on Windows 8 desktops, laptops and tablets.

“Our customers are becoming increasingly technologically savvy. Standard Bank is pleased to be offering them exclusive access to the latest technology,” she says.

Standard Bank is committed to providing customers with banking solutions that remain relevant to their evolving needs. “The fact that Standard Bank’s app is the first South African banking app in the Microsoft Windows 8 app store reflects this commitment,” Ms Monale says. Since it was launched in July this year, Standard Bank’s banking app has had more than 160 000 downloads.

Windows 8 is designed to provide a single, connected experience across all the devices people use in the modern connected world. It allows customers to use a tablet as a mobile device, then easily dock the device and have full keyboard and mouse support. Through its fast, fluid, and dynamic nature, it gives people a flexible and powerful experience to do their work.

“Our partnership with Standard Bank is testimony to the sheer scale of the Windows ecosystem, and the reach it will provide to banking customers on this platform,” says Microsoft South Africa managing director Mteto Nyati. “We expect to ship more than 2.5 million Windows devices in the next year, and its users will be looking to local apps like the Standard Bank banking app to bring their experiences to life.”

Says Craige Fleischer, director of Mobile Communications at Samsung South Africa: “At Samsung our focus is to bring the latest devices and operating systems to market and this offering is another way we are doing just that. We are proud to partner with Standard Bank and Microsoft through this offering and believe we are continuing to delivering exactly what our consumers expect of us – innovative, diverse technology solutions.”

The Samsung Windows Ativ tablet is designed for portability, with a width of just 8.9mm and weight of 570g. It has a 10.1″ HD display, 2GB RAM and microSD memory capability. Its USB port is a key differentiator among similar devices. With Dual Screen for split screen viewing, a massive battery life, and flexible user modes, the Ativ Windows Tablet allows for maximum multitasking, productivity and efficiency.

The tablets can be purchased on the Standard Bank South Africa website, by Standard Bank cheque or credit card holders. They will sell for R6695, below the usual retail price of R7999, and will come with a free cover. There are a limited number available. If customers choose to pay via their credit card they will be defaulted to the budget option at a 0% interest rate. Standard Bank is also offering customers an ADSL service at a 15% discount through Internet Solutions. This includes access to 500 MB of free wi-fi traffic at any “always-on” hot spot around the country, a 1GB mailbox and a fax-to-email account.


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Investors Representing More Than $1 Trillion in Assets Win Better Sustainability Disclosure and Performance from Emerging Market Companies

Posted on 15 October 2012 by Africa Business


WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/The Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) released its final report today, Lessons Learned: The Emerging Markets Disclosure Project, 2008 – 2012, documenting a five year initiative championing greater transparency among emerging market companies on key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

In 2008 members of the International Working Group (IWG) of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (, created the EMDP with leadership from Boston Common Asset Management, LLC ( and Calvert Investments ( The United Nations (UN)-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Secretariat provided technical assistance and local coordinative support to the EMDP.

The project’s accomplishments included:
Established a model for collaboration to improve sustainability reporting and practices in emerging markets, which will be used by signatories to the PRI in the years ahead.
Won the backing of 55 investors with more than $1 trillion in assets under management.
Published four original research reports, documenting wide disparities in sustainability disclosure practices, greatly varied knowledge of ESG risks, and a lack of understanding among companies of how investors use sustainability data.
Created a scorecard to benchmark company ESG performance
Formed four country teams with local and international partners in Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea, which engaged 72 companies on sustainability issues.
Achieved its core goal—increased and improved corporate sustainability reporting in emerging markets.

EMDP Country Team highlights:
The Brazil country team contacted 102 companies and engaged 17 directly to encourage them to improve their sustainability reporting. All 17 either had plans to issue sustainability reports or were open to working towards this goal.
The team in Indonesia convinced a listed polyester and petrochemicals company, Indorama Synthetics, to learn more about ESG best practices and helped the firm identify and focus on several key sustainability issues
The South Africa team won reforms from Aspen Pharmacare Holdings¸ Naspers, Sasol, Shoprite Holdings, Steinhoff International and Tiger Brands, including improvements in sustainability reporting and policies.
In South Korea, the local EMDP team made steady progress on reporting with all 15 companies it engaged, including Hynix, LG Electronics, Samsung and Shinhan Financial Group.

The full press release and report can be found at:

SOURCE Boston Common Asset Management, LLC

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Marvell Extends Leadership with Worldwide Adoption of Its WCDMA Solutions with Samsung’s New GALAXY Xcover Android Smartphone

Posted on 25 June 2012 by


Marvell is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. (PRNewsFoto/Marvell)

Marvell’s PXA968 mobile platform offers high-performance, cost-effective multimedia processing for Samsung’s GALAXY Xcover (GT-S5690)

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today announced that its industry leading Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) single-chip solution, the PXA968, is powering the new, rugged Samsung GALAXY Xcover (GT-S5690). The new Samsung GALAXY Xcover is the latest device to leverage Marvell’s PXA968, which is now in devices shipping in more than 20 countries, and has been certified on all major carrier networks, including Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia, and Hutchison. This certification is a major milestone in global mobility, giving customers and partners confidence that devices leveraging Marvell’s turnkey PXA968 are built on a proven, global technology platform that is already delivering superior multimedia performance with exceptional battery life to millions of consumers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.


“Samsung is one of the most successful mobile manufacturer in the world – its selection of Marvell as a strategic partner for its latest WCDMA smartphones validates our leadership in providing innovative, robust and integrated silicon platforms for leading global mobility standards, whether its TD-SCDMA, WCDMA or LTE,” said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. “Today, we live and work in a world that connects every aspect of the digital lifestyle, utilizing social media, social networking, mobile gaming and mobile TV features all in one device. Powered by Marvell’s industry leading PXA968 single-chip WCDMA solution, I believe Samsung’s new GALAXY Xcover smartphone will be just the beginning of mass deployment of advanced WCDMA-based smartphones throughout the world, providing consumers around the world access to an affordable, rugged, high-performance Android smartphone.”

“Pre-certified silicon platforms give mobile device makers confidence that their products will operate with ease on critical carrier networks, ultimately enabling them to bring new devices to market more efficiently,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. “As device makers face increasing pressure to deliver devices that can operate on various global bandwidths, a total silicon solution that is certified by major operators across continents is a significant advantage for OEMs, significantly impacting the selection of a semiconductor platform.”

About the Samsung GALAXY Xcover GT-S5690
Engineered with materials designed to protect it from wear and tear, the Samsung GALAXY Xcover is the ideal smartphone for active users. The GALAXY Xcover is waterproof to a depth of one meter (max 30 minutes) and IP67 compliant, making it airtight to protect against dirt and water damage. Added resilience is enabled through a reinforced display. The GALAXY Xcover sports a strong anti-scratch screen made from tempered glass, which is four to five times tougher than regular glass.

Additional product specifications:
800MHz Marvell PXA968 processor
Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system and Google™ Mobile Services
High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) 7.2/ High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) 5.76, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth v3.0+ HS.
3.65 inch Half-size Video Graphics Array (HVGA) TFT LCD screen
3 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash.

About Marvell’s PXA968
The Marvell PXA968 multimedia focused platform includes the PXA968 800MHz/1GHz chip set, which supports WCDMA HSPA, GSM/EDGE, high performance applications processing and 720p Encode / Decode of multimedia content. It also includes Marvell’s PM8607 integrated audio and power management and Marvell’s RF830 WCDMA RF transceiver. The platform also incorporates the Marvell Avastar 88W8787 Wi-Fi system on chip (SoC), an 802.11n-compliant solution with Bluetooth 3.0 and FM combination radio that offers exceptional range through its support of beamforming technology for crystal clear audio quality. Support for Mobile Hotspot capabilities also is included.

The PXA968 runs the Android Gingerbread operating system, with availability of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) by second half of 2012. The platform also supports up to a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen interface and can have a 3 megapixel camera, video, geotagging and social networking applications built in.

For more information about the Marvell PXA968, please visit

About Marvell
Marvell is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the term “Marvell” refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit

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Tel: 408-222-2187

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