Telefonica reports declines in operating profit, sales

Spain’s Telefonica has reported a 20.6% increase in net income for the first three months of the year, to €902 million ($1.19 billion), but says revenues dropped by 8.8%, to €14.14 billion, largely because of unfavorable exchange-rate movements.

Net profit surged because Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) had reported losses from associates in the prior-year quarter, and the Group’s operating income fell by 17.7%, to €2.07 billion.

Australia 4G auction raises A$2 billion

Australia’s auction of spectrum for use with 4G services has raised a total of A$2 billion ($2.01 billion) for government coffers, according to a statement from the country’s telecoms regulator.

Announcing the results, the Australian Communications and Media Authority revealed that incumbent operator Telstra (Melbourne, Australia) had spent the most on frequencies, coughing up more than A$1.3 billion for 40MHz of 700MHz spectrum and 80MHz in the 2.5GHz band.

Softbank to meet Sprint investors, many eye higher bid


SoftBank Corp President Masayoshi Son may get a frosty reception when he comes to the United States this week to meet Sprint Nextel Corp's major shareholders, as he tries to drum up support for the Japanese company's proposed takeover of the No. 3 U.S. wireless service provider.

Telecom Italia to put off decision on Hutchison talks: sources


Telecom Italia's board is likely to put off making a decision this week on whether to open formal merger talks with Hutchison Whampoa, as key shareholders are divided on the issue, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

The board is due to meet on Wednesday to consider the latest financial results and to hear from a panel of directors that was set up last month to determine whether it should pursue a proposal to acquire Hutchison's Italian mobile business and for Hutchison (Hong Kong) to take a near 30 percent stake in Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy).

Telekom Austria fights price war with fewer rivals


Telekom Austria said it expected price competition to intensify in its major markets, rather than diminish as had been hoped by Austrian carriers after a consolidation of the market.

Until last year, Austria had four mobile carriers fighting over a population of just 8.4 million. That was cut to three with Hutchison Whampoa's (Hong Kong) takeover of Orange Austria (Vienna, Austria) in January, but price pressure has not relented.

Spain regulator studies fining Vodafone for roaming fees


Spain's telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it was studying fining Vodafone up to 2 million euros ($2.6 million) for failing to adhere to European roaming tariffs.

The CMT said in a resolution published on its website that Vodafone (Alcobendas, Spain) automatically gave customers travelling in Europe a 4 euro per day roaming tariff under one of its packages instead of Europe-approved tariffs that establish different maximum fees.

The European rules establish a ceiling of charges per minute for calls, for example.

AT&T forms M2M partnership with India's Wipro

US telecoms operator AT&T is to collaborate with Indian IT company Wipro on the development of M2M services for a variety of major industries.

Solutions developed by the two partners will use an M2M application platform from Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA), with which AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) already has a relationship.

“Customers are turning to us to make their M2M connectivity easy to manage and monitor in virtual real-time,” said Mike Troiano, the vice president of advanced mobility solutions for AT&T Business Solutions.

Telenor Connexion wins M2M deal with Japan's KDDI

Telenor Connexion, the M2M division of the Norwegian telecoms incumbent Telenor, has received a significant boost from a deal to provide international services to KDDI, Japan’s second-largest telecoms operator.

The partnership will allow KDDI (Tokyo, Japan) to provide a global M2M service to its enterprise customers, said the companies in a statement.

Deutsche Telekom promotes "turnkey" telematics service

Deutsche Telekom is promoting a “single-source” usage-based insurance (UBI) service in partnership with telematics specialist DriveFactor, providing further evidence of its determination to play a bigger role in the M2M market than just as the connectivity provider.

The German operator describes the service as a “turnkey” solution that includes the tracking module and SIM card as well as the provision of platform services and statistical evaluation of driving data.

Kamstrup opens Austria office to support smart-meter rollout

Kamstrup has opened an office in Austria in response to national regulatory directives requiring utility companies to install smart meters at homes and businesses throughout the country.

The Danish smart-meter specialist is already conducting a 1,000-unit pilot with Energie Wien (Vienna, Austria) and appears keen to position itself for follow-on opportunities.

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