Vodafone shaved $1.5 billion off taxes in UK

Reuters

The world's largest mobile phone company, Vodafone Group, has shaved $1.5 billion, and possibly more, off the taxes its UK operating unit might have paid in the past decade, thanks to accounting factors not seen at other European units.

China, U.S., seen as future innovators in Cloud

Asked to predict future disruptive technologies and the next epicenter for innovation, technology executives worldwide believe that China and the United States will be at the forefront, with Cloud enabling both the next indispensable consumer technology and business transformation for enterprises.

Iridium creates JV to monitor airlines using satellite

Air traffic management agencies around the globe will now be able to continuously track aircraft anywhere in the world through Aireon LLC, a planned joint venture announced last week by Iridium Communications Inc.

Smart meter firm Echelon eyes Russia

Reuters

U.S. energy-saving group Echelon expects to double sales of its smart meters in Russia in 2013 as it seeks to offset stagnant Western markets by responding to a growing Russian political will to cut energy waste.


Russia wants to reduce energy intensity - a measure of usage - by 40% by 2020 to modernize Soviet-era companies which Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said were only 5-10% as energy efficient as foreign rivals in some cases.

Telit modules used in waste management reduce operating cost by 80%

Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, on Monday announced that its M2M modules will enable connectivity for solar compactors and waste receptacles operated by BigBelly Solar, a provider of sustainable services for the management of waste and recycling.

Chinese connected device market to grow to $700 billion by 2020

The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research, on Thursday announced that the business impact from the growth of connected devices in China will increase six fold from $116 billion in 2012 to $707 billion in 2020.

China Unicom, Telefonica partner with Telstra for embedded M2M SIMs

China Unicom and Telefónica Digital, with its partner Telstra, have developed a remote management service for embedded M2M SIMs based on the cooperation and technical support of Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).

M2M, WiFi likely to offer more roaming opportunities than legislation

The biggest growth opportunities in the roaming market for operators today exist in areas other than regulation, according to a survey conducted by MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services. Wi-Fi and M2M both generated the most interest amongst delegates and industry experts at MACH Insights 2012.

SBA Communications acquires 3,252 towers from TowerCo for $1.45 billion

On Tuesday, SBA Communications Corporation, an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North and Central America, announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with certain affiliates of TowerCo, an independent tower company, that own 3,252 tower sites in 47 states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The deal will take SBA’s tower count to over 15,000.

Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA agree to spectrum exchange

On Monday, Verizon Wireless announced an agreement with T-Mobile USA to exchange specific spectrum in the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) band. Under the agreement, both companies also will receive additional spectrum depth in specific markets to meet LTE (Long Term Evolution) capacity needs and enable LTE expansion.

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