Telemisis joins Deutsche Telekom's M2M Partner Program

Remote site and equipment-monitoring specialist Telemisis is hoping that membership of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Partner Program will help it to expand its international presence and secure new business in the burgeoning market.

The company’s SitePro product allow cellular network operators, terrestrial broadcast network operators and utility companies to monitor site equipment through the use of a web-based interface.

Home and health devices controlled by apps on the rise


Tired of checking the washing machine to see if a cycle has completed, or worrying that the lights were left on at home? Apps are increasingly helping people monitor and control objects remotely on their mobile devices.

From Internet-connected washing machines and smart refrigerators to bathroom scales, gadgets that connect to the Internet are on the rise in homes, and apps are the means to monitor and control them.

Infineon, Philips may have colluded on EU smart chip prices


Infineon Technologies, Philips and several other chipmakers could face fines after European competition regulators said they may have colluded to fix prices for chips used in mobile SIM cards, passports and bank cards.

The European Commission said it sent documents setting out its concerns to companies it suspected of behaving like a cartel in the market for smart card chips, which are also used in pay television systems and identity cards.

Sprint forms committee, hires advisers to review Dish bid


Sprint Nextel said on Monday that its board had formed a special committee of independent directors to review Dish Network's $25.5 billion takeover bid for the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider.

Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) had said last week that it would evaluate the Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) offer, which challenges Sprint's October agreement to sell 70 percent of its shares to Japan's SoftBank Corp (Tokyo, Japan) for $20.1 billion.

India mobile customer numbers fall again in February

The number of mobile customers in India fell by 0.11% in February, to 861.66 million, according to new figures from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

The country has now lost more than 100 million mobile customers since June last year, but the rate of decline has slowed from 2.8% in December and 0.26% in January.

The TRAI has blamed the losses on disconnections of so-called ‘inactive’ accounts by the country’s operators.

China Mobile profits unchanged as device subsidies take toll

China Mobile has reported net profit of RMB27.88 billion ($4.5 billion) for the first three months of 2013, just 0.3% higher than in the same quarter of 2012, as efforts to increase the usage of smartphone data services ate into its revenues.

The rate of growth is the lowest that China Mobile (Beijing, China) has reported in three quarters and came despite a 5.7% increase in quarterly revenues, to RMB134.7 billion.

Saudi Telecom reports 39% fall in first-quarter net income

Saudi Telecom has reported a 38.5% fall in first-quarter net income, to SAR1.55 billion ($413 million), due largely to a SAR500 million impairment charge against its investment in Indian operator Aircel.

Despite the bottom-line setback, the state-backed incumbent reported a 3.7% increase in revenues, to SAR11.47 billion, and said efficiency improvements had helped to bolster gross profits by 2.6%, to SAR6.49 billion.

SK Telecom boasts 10 million LTE subscribers

South Korean operator SK Telecom claims to have broken through the 10-million mark for its LTE subscriber numbers just one year and nine months after first launching the service.

The country’s biggest operator said it reached the milestone on 19 April and would aim to have signed up a total of 15 million customers by the end of this year.

It also expects to introduce a commercial service based on LTE-Advanced – a standard that promises even faster connection speeds than LTE – in September.

America Movil posts weaker first-quarter profit


America Movil, Latin America's biggest phone company, on Thursday reported a 17 percent drop in first-quarter profit as it spent more on Internet-enabled handsets to attract new customers.

The company, owned by the world's richest man Carlos Slim, said first-quarter profit slipped to 26.87 billion pesos ($2.18 billion) from 32.53 billion pesos a year ago.

The results showed the company increased subsidies for expensive new handsets in order to attract customers from competitors and transfer existing customers to more lucrative mobile data packages.

Verizon beats estimates and raises Vodafone pressure


Verizon Communications Inc posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on the performance of its wireless business, which reined in costs without slowing growth.

Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) also ramped up the pressure on Vodafone Group Plc (Newbury, UK), which owns 45 percent of the Verizon Wireless unit. Verizon has been seeking to buy that stake and take full control of the top U.S. mobile company.

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