Telekom Austria and KPN to explore synergies

Telekom Austria (Vienna, Austria) chief executive Hannes Ametsreiter has said the Austrian telecoms incumbent is to explore possible synergies with KPN (The Hague, the Netherlands), its counterpart in the Netherlands, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

The two telecoms companies have a common shareholder in America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico), the Latin American mobile-phone operator owned by Mexico’s Carlos Slim, one of the world’s wealthiest men.

Ametsreiter said that talks with KPN were due to begin shortly.

ZTE to testify in US probe of alleged China telecom threat


China's ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, China) said it would take part in a projected U.S. congressional hearing next month linked to an investigation of alleged Chinese espionage threats to U.S. telecommunications infrastructure.

The House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has invited the chairman of ZTE, Hou Weigui, and deputy chairman of Huawei Technologies Co (Shenzhen, China), Ken Hu, to testify at a hearing that would explore their companies' relationships with the Chinese authorities, among other things.

Square to sell card readers at AT&T stores


Mobile payments company Square Inc's credit card readers will be sold at AT&T Inc's stores making them more accessible, as the two-year old start-up takes on established payment processors.

Square (San Francisco, USA), started by Twitter Inc (San Francisco, USA) co-founder Jack Dorsey, signed the No. 2. U.S. carrier on Tuesday, adding to growing list of retailers, including Radioshack Corp (Fort Worth, USA), Best Buy Inc (Richfield, USA) and Apple Inc (Cupertino, USA), that sell its card readers.

India's 2G auction to start in November

An auction of 2G spectrum in India is set to begin on November 12, according to a statement from the country’s Department of Telecommunications (DoI).

Airwaves in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands are to go up for sale after their previous owners were stripped off the assets earlier this year.

Authorities had revoked licenses held by companies including Telenor (Oslo, Norway) and Sistema (Moscow, Russia) after upholding claims of corruption during the auction process of 2008.

Many licenses were awarded to companies for just a fraction of their true value, authorities said.

Everything Everywhere signs new m-payments deal with MasterCard

The UK’s mobile payments market suffered further fragmentation earlier this week with the news that Everything Everywhere (London, UK) had signed a new five-year deal with MasterCard (Purchase, USA).

Details of the collaboration are few, but the companies say one of their first products will be a prepaid service for mobile devices allowing customers to make payments using Near Field Communications (NFC) technology.

China's ZTE not worried about Apple, patent litigation


China's ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, China), the world's fourth-biggest mobile phone vendor, is unfazed by the possibility of being sued by Apple Inc (Cupertino, USA) over patent violations, and is looking to boost its own patents and find unique designs and features for its range of handsets.

In the wake of Apple's patent victory over South Korea's Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) in the United States last week, ZTE and other phone makers that use Google's Android operating system were cited as being at risk if Apple opted to extend the lawsuit beyond Samsung.

Nokia Siemens opens plant with Flextronics in Brazil


Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) is opening an assembly line in Brazil with contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd (San Jose, USA) to build next generation mobile phone networks, a senior executive said in an interview on Monday.

The plant should begin shipping fourth-generation (4G) wireless equipment at the start of October, as local carriers build out networks for the 2014 World Cup, said Ken Wirth, head of the Americas region for Nokia Siemens.

ASML says Samsung invests in its latest chip technology


ASML (Veldhoven, the Netherlands), the world's top chip equipment maker, said Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) would invest 779 million euros ($975 million) in its research into costly next-generation chipmaking technology and in buying a 3 percent equity stake.

ASML, based in the Netherlands, has already signed up Intel Corp (Santa Clara, USA) and TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) in recent weeks with similar deals to fund and fast-track its research.

Japan's smart meter market opens doors to foreigners

Smart meter specialists worldwide are eyeing a potentially lucrative opportunity in Japan following the recent adoption of international standards by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), according to a report from Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

TEPCO had previously planned to introduce smart meters based on its own specifications, but critics said this would favor group companies and drive up prices.

Smart meter installation hits Texan resistance

The installation of smart meters is running into fierce resistance in the state of Texas, where homeowners are going to extreme lengths to prevent it from happening, according to a report from Associated Press.

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