EU to investigate UK mobile payments joint venture

Reuters

European Union antitrust regulators said on Friday they will examine whether a joint venture between the three largest British telecoms companies on mobile payment technologies and advertising falls foul of competition rules.

Report: Ethernet Microwave growing 5-fold by 2016

Market research firm Infonetics Research on Thursday released excerpts from a pair of recently published forecast reports, which tracks Ethernet, TDM, and hybrid microwave equipment by spectrum, capacity, form factor, and architecture, and Millimeter Wave Equipment, which tracks unlicensed E band 60GHz, licensed E band 70--90GHz, and W band 75--110 GHz millimeter wave equipment by network application.

ZTE planned U.S. computer sale to Iran

Reuters

China's ZTE Corp, which recently sold Iran's largest telecommunications firm a powerful surveillance system, later agreed to ship to Iran millions of dollars worth of embargoed U.S. computer equipment, documents show.

France Telecom finalizes terms of Mobinil $2billion buyout

Reuters

France Telecom has finalized a deal to buy most of its partner's stake in Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil for $2 billion, leaving the venture with 95% French ownership but significant Egyptian board and management presence.


France Telecom was already the biggest shareholder in Mobinil, and Egypt is a key part of its effort to expand in high-growth emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East.

Report: mobile tickets quadruple to 23 billion by 2016

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the number of tickets delivered to mobile phones worldwide will more than quadruple to 23 billion by 2016, compared with 4 billion tickets estimated to have been delivered during 2011.

CloudPassage raises $14 million in funding for cloud security

Reuters

Cloud security startup CloudPassage has raised $14 million in second-round funding, with an aim of helping businesses like Foursquare, StrongMail, and others secure their data in the cloud, the company announced Wednesday.

Calix report finds video streaming drives rural internet traffic

On Wednesday, Calix Inc released a report based on analysis of data aggregated from 45 U.S. communications service providers, which provides new insights into Internet application and usage patterns among rural Americans.

Verizon Wireless to charge $30 fee for upgrades

Reuters

Verizon Wireless will start charging customers a $30 fee for cellphone upgrades, on top of the price they pay for the new device, as the company looks to supplement its income to cover costs.


The change at the biggest U.S. mobile provider follows a fourth-quarter decline in its wireless profit margins, which came under pressure from hefty subsidies it had to pay Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., USA) for the popular iPhone. Carriers pay such subsidies because devices like the iPhone help to attract new customers and boost revenue.

Telefonica, Avea to cooperate globally on M2M

Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit, and the Turkish mobile operator Avea, part of Turk Telekom Group, have signed an agreement through which the two companies will develop business opportunities in the M2M (machine-to-machine) sector. The alliance covers technological cooperation, as well as the development of joint commercial and marketing endeavors.

Cinterion powers real-time M2M information system for German train stations

Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, announced on Wednesday that its M2M technology is powering Deutsche Bahn’s new passenger information system. Deutsche Bahn, a railway network operator in Germany, is implementing Cinterion’s system in train stations across the country to deliver up-to-the-minute information on departures and delays.

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