Some news items from the last few days should be of interest to readers of this blog.


And yes, if you are a Star Trek fan then keep reading to reach your daily dose of excitement……


FierceWireless reported recently that Sprint has decided to discontinue the development of WiMAX-only devices, stating that “…. it is clear the carrier is moving to LTE in the long run and is ready to leave WiMAX devices in the dust”. Meanwhile, as noted by FierceBroadbandWireless, debate continues about the future of WiMAX 2.


FierceWireless also mentioned that Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are outpacing their competitors in the global LTE market. According to the Dell'Oro report that is referenced, in the third quarter of 2011 Ericsson captured 44 percent of the global LTE market and Alcatel-Lucent garnered 30 percent. The report said that Huawei, the No. 2 vendor overall, saw its share shrink to 8 percent. Nokia Siemens Networks was fourth in the LTE market, but Dell'Oro did not provide its LTE market share.


Infonetics discussed significant growth in the virtual security appliance market, up 57% in 2011, driven by cloud and data center build-outs. “"The adoption of server virtualization within wiring closets and data centers at organizations of all sizes and the rollout of infrastructure to deliver IT services in the cloud is driving significant change in the technical requirements for security solutions, presenting unique challenges…….. These challenges represent key drivers for the virtual security appliance market and reflect why the market is growing so fast," explained Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research.


According to a report from IHS iSuppli quoted in FierceBroadbandWireless, LTE is gaining traction throughout the industry, and not just among subscribers. It is also getting an increasingly larger chunk of network operator budgets. The report indicates that spending on LTE infrastructure worldwide is set to more than triple from $8.7 billion this year to $24.3 billion next year.


And finally, for those of you who persevered and read this far, the LTE blog mentions that Star Trek fans are apparently all excited that US Cellular’s upcoming LTE rollout will include the city of Riverside, Iowa, the “future” birth place of Captain James T. Kirk. We can expect that when he gets born in the year 2225, nothing will slow down the upload of those photos to Facebook. You heard it here first: 213 years early, to be precise…..


Besides that momentous piece of news, what are the trends that you’re seeing in multicore platforms? What recent interesting news have you seen in this area?