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.

RIM considers splitting business in two

Reuters

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is considering splitting its business in two, separating its struggling handset manufacturing division from its messaging network, The Sunday Times reported.


RIM (Ontario, Canada), which last month hired JP Morgan and RBC Capital to look at its strategic options, could break off its handset division into a separate listed company or sell it, the British newspaper said without citing sources.

KPN shares drop after Slim takes 21%

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KPN shares fell almost 5% on Friday as investors dumped stock after Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's telecom group America Movil increased its stake in the Dutch company to 21%, part of a strategy to increase Slim's presence in Europe.


Slim's America Movil, which has already obtained a stake in Telekom Austria, increased its KPN ownership to 21% on Thursday and has said it wants to obtain a maximum of 27.7%.

Alcatel-Lucent wins broadband expansion with China Telecom

As the Chinese government steps up ‘Broadband China’, its program to provide high-speed broadband connections to more than 250 million households in urban and rural locations by 2015, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has signed an agreement with China Telecom to deploy its IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio.

China telecom firms may be selling subsidized equipment in U.S.

Reuters

Two of China's top telecommunications companies may be selling subsidized gear in the United States, and legislation could be proposed to deal with any related national-security threat, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.


The committee is investigating what some U.S. officials suspect are close ties between the Chinese government and each of the firms, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, P.R.C.).

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.

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