On Wednesday, Orange Slovakia, a unit of France Telecom (Paris, France), appealed a $58.6 million fee imposed by the Slovak telecommunication regulator for a 10-year extension of its license.
Orange, the euro zone country's largest mobile and internet services provider by number of clients, said the fee was unfair.
"The reason is lack of transparency of the process, discriminatory approach and factual imperfections in methodology and calculation of the fee," says Peter Toth, corporate affairs manager for Orange Slovensko.
Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) will start selling the next version of the Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) iPhone in mid-October, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cited unnamed sources.
This would make Sprint the third U.S. operator to become a cellphone distributor for Apple. AT&T Inc and Verizon Wireless already sell the iPhone 4.
An estimated 45,000 Verizon Communications (New York) employees are set to end a two-week strike and return to work on Tuesday after the telephone company and unions said they reached an agreement to resume bargaining. Almost half of the workers in Verizon's wireline business went on strike on August 7 after talks for a new labor pact failed when their contract expired.
A bankruptcy court has denied Sprint Nextel Corp's (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) motion for a partial summary judgment in a proceeding against bankrupt mobile satellite network operator TerreStar Networks Inc (Reston, Va., U.S.A.), U.S. Bancorp (Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A.) and others.
Boeing (Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.), an aerospace company that manufactures commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, and Siemens Industry, Inc., the U.S. affiliate of Siemens (Munich, Germany), an electrical engineering company, recently announced a strategic alliance for the joint development and marketing of smart grid technologies to improve energy access and security for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the largest energy consumer in the federal government.
According to a report by ABI research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), the market for wearable devices will reach more than 100 million units annually by 2016 as a range of factors combine over the next five years to drive consumer and healthcare adoption. These devices, ranging from heart rate monitors for measuring an individual’s performance during sports to wearable blood glucose meters, will all enable greater detail in tracking, monitoring, and care – often through connections provided by mobile phones, according to the report.
On Tuesday, Cisco Systems Inc (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.), a company that designs and sells electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology, announced the Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR), which provides communication for vending machines, vehicles and medical equipment, according to the company. This is the latest addition to its core routing infrastructure portfolio.
On Tuesday, On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, announced that it has signed an agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (McLean, Va., U.S.A.), a provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services, to become a reseller and systems integrator of On-Ramp's Ultra-Link Processing wireless systems in North America and the UK.
Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, on Tuesday introduced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The kit allows remote devices to be connected wirelessly over cellular networks and integrated into a cloud environment, according to the company. The development kit contains the hardware, software and documentation necessary for ZigBee-to-3G cellular Internet connectivity.
According to Digi, the Development Kits support Sprint, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, Vodafone and other global 3G GSM networks, and cost $499.
Last week, Snaptracs Inc., a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), announced its first product, a GPS tracking system for pets.
Tagg—The Pet Tracker, a pet tracking system equipped with GPS and wireless capabilities, enables pet owners to know where their pets are and be notified if they wander off. The Tagg Master Kit, which includes all hardware and one full year of service, is $199.99 and is anticipated for shipment in September.