UK Government prepares for largest smart meter deployment in world

The UK Government is preparing for the task of replacing the country’s 53 million gas and electric meters with smart meters.

Turkcell M2M aims to save TRY1 billion for Turkish economy

Turkcell, the biggest mobile-phone operator in Turkey, has claimed that its M2M services could save the Turkish economy as much as 1 billion Turkish lira ($553 million) in 2012.

The announcement follows a new ruling on taxation. Previously, customers had to pay a special communications tax of TRY37 on new subscriptions on SIM cards, but recent legislative changes have lifted that tax.

EU urges greater IT security for smart grids

The European Union (EU) has issued a series of recommendations on IT security for smart grids to lessen the risks of a cyber-attack.

UK telematics motor insurance sales increase fivefold in two years

Sales of ‘black box’ motor insurance in the UK have increased fivefold over the past two years, according to new research published by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA).

‘Black box’ or telematics technology works by recording journeys and driving behavior so that premiums can be accurately applied to a driver’s exact risk profile.

Report: Jasper Wireless clear leader in CDP

New data from ABI Research singles out Jasper Wireless as a “clear leader” among vendors of Connected Device Platforms (CDPs), ahead of Ericsson, NSN and NEC.

Southwest Airlines announces asset tracking service

On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines Cargo announced Cargo Companion, an asset tracking service that allows its customers complete visibility regarding the location and environmental status of high-value and time/temperature-sensitive items shipped via Southwest Airlines Cargo.

Designed for freight forwarders, couriers, perishable commodity Shippers, and Shippers of time-critical and high-value items, Cargo Companion features wireless asset tracking devices that monitor the location, shock, light, temperature, pressure, and humidity of cargo during transit.

Data coverage now ahead of voice coverage as reason to change carrier

Nearly seven out of eight U.S. smartphone owners care more about smoothness and less buffering time on a standard definition video than they do about high definition pixel quality while watching mobile video over a poor connection, according to newly-released results from a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Skyfire. This new research shows the importance of network data quality, speed of delivery, and smooth multimedia playback for smartphone users.

Analysis: No boom for telecom equipment firms in 4G revolution


With data traffic from video downloads and on-the-go web surfers clogging up telecoms networks, mobile equipment makers such as Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks should be booming. But while iPhone-maker Apple Inc's shareholders are waxing rich on a communications revolution driven by smartphones and tablet computers, those who make the infrastructure for the information superhighway are being squeezed.

Adtran, Acme Packet, Calix shares plunge over forecasts


Network equipment makers have been facing slowing demand for their products as telecom carrier customers cut spending amid a sluggish U.S. economy and weakness in Europe. This hold true for both Acme Packet and Adtran, who reported shares at their lowest in two years, while Calix reported that shares have dived to their lowest ever.

ZTE shares post biggest fall in three-and-a-half years on profit warning, FBI probe


Shares of ZTE Corp, the world's fifth-biggest telecommunications equipment maker, logged the steepest fall in more than three years in Hong Kong as a profit warning and a probe by the U.S. government cast a gloom over the company's near-term fortunes.

ZTE's (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) stock slumped 16.3% to close at HK$10.46 on Monday in the largest decline since October 27, 2008. Trading volume was nearly seven times that of its 30-day average.

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