Latin America will have over 50 million 4G subscribers by end of 2017

Latin America will account for 51 million 4G subscribers by the end of 2017, according to the most recent report published by Maravedis-Rethink, a provider of market intelligence and advisory services.

ZTE to increase US purchases to $9 billion over 3 years despite recent scrutiny

Reuters

ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest telecom equipment vendor, plans to increase its purchases from the United States by around 10% annually to over $9 billion in the next three years, an executive said on Wednesday.


The increase in purchases comes at a time when ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), along with bigger Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), is under scrutiny of U.S. lawmakers and industry executives on security and subsidy issues.

Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market to grow eightfold to $2.2 billion by 2017

Global revenue for carrier Wi-Fi access points and controllers will reach $2.2 billion in 2017 to reach a level equivalent to almost one-half of the traditional enterprise or consumer Wi-Fi segments in the same period, says research firm ABI Research.

The majority of the total market in 2011 was accounted for by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless, and Ericsson/BelAir, and as traditional mobile infrastructure vendors add Wi-Fi to their portfolios, these early market share rankings will fluctuate.

KPN weighs risky poison pill to rebuff Carlos Slim

Reuters

KPN may unleash a risky "poison pill" defense to stop the bid by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim for more than a quarter of the Dutch telecom operator, if only to buy time for a side deal with Telefonica that it thinks better values its assets and bolsters its independence.

Broadband passes 600 million subscribers worldwide

According to the latest figures published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by broadband industry analysts Point Topic, the global total of broadband subscribers soared to over 600 million in the first quarter of 2012, indicating a further acceleration in growth as over 100 million new lines were added (20% of the total) in less than 18 months.

France Telecom wants to keep stake in UK venture

Reuters

The French and German owners of Britain's largest mobile operator, Everything Everywhere, are not interested in selling and have enough cash to invest in the business, France Telecom's chief executive said on Thursday.


Investment banking sources had told Reuters last week that former chief executive Tom Alexander approached private equity groups six months ago to gauge interest in a $12.6 billion offer for the France Telecom (Paris) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) joint venture.

Report: M2M ARPU to decline from $4 per month per connection to $1.9 by 2021

A new report from Analysys Mason predicts that machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections worldwide will grow by a factor of 20 in the next ten years, from 100.4 million to 2.1 billion. Revenue associated with M2M connectivity will also increase dramatically over the same period, from $5.7 billion in 2011 to $50.9 billion in 2021.

IBM makes smart grid deals in Brazil, South Korea

Reuters

IBM moved forward with smart grid projects on international fronts in separate deals with the largest privately held energy provider in Brazil and South Korea's largest utility.

GE uses M2M technology to inspect wind turbines

GE Global Research announced last week that it is useing machine-to-machine (M2M ) technology to inspection wind turbines faster and in a more reliable way.

Sierra Wireless acquires Sagemcom M2M for $56 million

On Monday, Sierra Wireless announced it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Sagemcom’s machine-to-machine (M2M) business. Sierra Wireless has submitted a binding offer to acquire substantially all of the assets of the business for $56.6 million in cash.

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