Alcatel-Lucent wins broadband deal in Colombia

Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) has signed a contract with Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) to build a broadband network in the Latin American country.

The operator aims to connect 753 municipalities and bring high-quality TV, video, voice and high-speed data services to millions of consumers and business users.

As a major supplier on the project, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy broadband infrastructure in some 216 of those municipalities.

Apple snubs emerging mobile payment standard


EBay Inc (San Jose, USA) Chief Executive John Donahoe often quotes a merchant saying NFC stands for "Not For Commerce" - and dismisses the prospects of Near Field Communication technology used to turn cellphones into mobile wallets.

He got some support this week from Apple Inc (Cupertino, USA), which did not embed NFC chips into the iPhone 5.

Vodafone helps Dutch councils slash costs, emissions

An M2M-enabled waste-management scheme involving Vodafone (Newbury, UK) is helping local councils in the Netherlands to slash their carbon emissions by up to a fifth and save thousands of euros in collection costs.

Working with Mic-O-Data (Hassinkweg, the Netherlands), a Dutch waste-management company that claims a 30% share of the market, Vodafone has fitted 6,000 ‘connected’ bins with SIM cards that transmit regular updates, notifying refuse collectors when bins are filling up or if they have not been properly closed.

Rogers to spur M2M development with Vancouver initiative

Rogers Wireless (Toronto, Canada) has announced the opening of a new innovation center in Vancouver aimed at promoting the development of M2M technologies and applications.

Located in the Wavefront national center of excellence for wireless commercialization, the Rogers Wireless Innovation Center will allow business customers and developers to try out the latest M2M technology and enterprise mobility applications.

Tata Motors launches new telematics service

Tata Motors (Mumbai, India) has launched a new fleet telematics service it claims will help commercial vehicle fleet owners boost their productivity and profitability.

Branded Tata FleetMan, the service will initially be introduced on new tractor-trailers but is set to become available on Tata’s entire medium-sized and heavy commercial vehicle range in the coming months.

Tata says the service will be extended to existing vehicles through aftermarket fitments.

US telco mobile payments venture Isis to delay launch again


Isis, a venture of three big U.S. mobile providers, is delaying the launch of its mobile payments service for the second time this year, an executive for the company said on Thursday.

Isis is an effort by Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), AT&T Inc (Dallas, USA) and T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, USA) to provide mobile wallet services that would allow consumers to get rid of plastic cards and instead make payments by simply waving their phone at a check-out terminal.

While Japan has had mobile payment services for years, U.S. development of such services has been much slower.

Ford first to market with in-vehicle Telenav app

Ford (Dearborn, USA) has become the first car maker to make Telenav’s (Sunnyvale, USA) Scout application available in its vehicles.

The navigation app has previously been available to users of iPhones and devices powered by Google’s Android operating system, but it can now be installed in Ford vehicles through the manufacturer’s SYNC AppLink technology.

Los Alamos tests $53 million smart grid

Officials in Los Alamos County have switched on a $53 million smart grid developed by scientists working in New Mexico and Japan, reports the Associated Press.

The project has involved collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The smart grid comprises a solar photovoltaic array, a battery storage system and a smart house and energy management system for the benefit of Los Alamos residents.

Telekom Austria claims most widespread LTE coverage

Telekom Austria (Vienna, Austria) has claimed that its LTE service offers the most widespread coverage of the all networks that have been launched in Austria.

The operator has seized on independent research by Poland-based Systemics-PAB showing that its LTE network trumps those of T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom (Berlin, Germany) and 3, owned by Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong), in terms of coverage.

Operating under its A1 brand, Telekom Austria says its LTE services are now available in all of Austria’s main cities and to more than 80% of the population in Vienna.

BT to replace Global Services chief executive

British telecoms incumbent BT (London, UK) has announced that Luis Alvarez will replace Jeff Kelly as chief executive of the company’s Global Services business.

Having previously served as president of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Alvarez will take over from Kelly on October 1.

According to BT, Kelly has decided to return to the US, where he will continue to work for the group in a part-time capacity as a senior executive advisor.

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