Clearwire witnessing shareholder exodus

US wireless broadband operator Clearwire (Bellevue, USA) may be witnessing a shareholder exodus, with cable operator Comcast (Philadelphia, USA) becoming the latest investor to sour on the stock.

Comcast has not sold its 6% stake in Clearwire, but it has converted the holding into commonly traded shares, prompting speculation it is on the verge of doing so.

The news comes just days after Time Warner (New York, USA) began selling its 7.8% stake in the business. Other investors, including web giant Google (Mountain View, USA), have also sold their Clearwire shares.

India court halts execution of government order banning 3G pacts

Reuters

An Indian court granted a stay on execution of a government order asking telecoms carriers to stop third-generation (3G) services outside their licensed areas through roaming pacts, after top carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd (New Delhi, India) challenged the decision.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the telecoms ministry to not take any "coercive action" until the next hearing of the case. It did not immediately set the next date of hearing.

Accenture buys Nokia Siemens IPTV assets

Reuters

Consulting and outsourcing group Accenture (Dublin, Ireland) has bought some internet protocol television (IPTV) assets from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) to bolster its online video capabilities, it said on Monday.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Accenture said the newly acquired IPTV software, assets and capabilities would be part of its video solutions business that helps companies launch video services at a low cost.

Operators back EU plan for broadband funding

Europe’s biggest telecoms operators have lent support to EU plans to invest in broadband infrastructure and urged political leaders to do the same.

Neelie Kroes, the EU’s digital commissioner, has asked countries to back a plan to provide around €50 billion in funding from the EU Connecting Europe Facility for energy, transport and communications projects, where there is a need for substantial upfront spending.

Citrix, Palo Alto Networks strike strategic partnership

Reuters

Business software maker Citrix Systems (Fort Lauderdale, USA) and security software company Palo Alto Networks (Palo Alto, USA) have entered a strategic partnership to offer joint application delivery and security products.

The goal is to take advantage of increasing customer demand for efficient and reliable delivery of business applications that need to be secured against cyber attacks, Nir Zuk, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Palo Alto Networks said.

Sierra Wireless and Cinterion beat Chinese in M2M rankings: report

Chinese manufacturers have cornered much of the technology sector, but when it comes to M2M modules they are being outpaced by their Western rivals, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) and Cinterion (Munich, Germany) claim the top spots in a new ranking of M2M vendors published by ABI Research, while Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and ZTE (Shenzhen, China) come sixth and seventh.

The methodology assesses companies on the basis of unit shipments and revenues.

Bank of America tests technology to pay with phones

Reuters

Bank of America Corp (Charlotte, USA) is testing a technology that allows a customer to pay at a store register by simply scanning an image with a smartphone, such as Apple Inc's iPhone or Google Inc's Android devices.

The pilot program is being tested in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the second-largest U.S. bank is headquartered, and marks the latest effort by a financial institution to come out on top in the race to determine how people will pay for things in the future.

Widespread use of digital "wallets" to take time: Canada panel

Reuters

Canadian banks and telecom providers are scrambling to introduce smartphone digital "wallets," but the dream of completely abandoning the traditional billfold in favor of a smartphone is likely several years away, according to speakers at an e-commerce conference in Toronto on Tuesday.

Digital wallets will allow consumers to make cash and credit card transactions using their smartphones by swiping the phone past a sensor and then entering a PIN number to complete the payment.

Kentucky investigates smart-grid benefits

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is looking into the introduction of a smart grid to boost energy efficiency and provide better services to consumers in the State.

The PSC has initiated a proceeding that it says will examine “all aspects” of smart grid technologies, including their implementation costs, any technical issues and the societal impacts they might have.

Gemalto acquires mobile payment platform from Ericsson

Dutch digital-security specialist Gemalto (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) has bought Ericsson’s Internet Payment Exchange (IPX) business for an undisclosed sum as it targets the fast-growing mobile-payments market.

The acquisition does not include the US operations of the Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) business.

IPX connects more than 1,000 customers globally to over 120 mobile network operators. The company also operates payment platforms as white-label services for a number of operators.

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