Vodafone wins India tax battle

Reuters

Vodafone Group Plc won a $2.2 billion legal battle against India's tax office in a Supreme Court ruling that analysts said would encourage foreign investment and clear the way for the company's planned initial public offering in India.

India's reputation as an investment destination has taken a hit over the past year as the economy slowed, government reforms stalled and corruption scandals - notably in the telecoms industry - heightened concerns about government policies.

France Telecom close to deal to exit Austria

Reuters

France Telecom hopes to finalize a deal to sell its 35% stake in Orange Austria to Hutchison 3G in the coming days or weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Sprint signs smart-grid agreement with four companies

On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.

Landis+Gyr announces upgradable smart grid platform

Landis+Gyr, a smart meter provider, on Thursday announced the launch of their Series V next generation Gridstream smart grid technology aimed at providing utilities an upgradeable platform capable of adapting to future applications and communication protocols - all without stranding existing assets.

Study: Vodafone positioned to take lead in global M2M market

M2M research firm Machina Research on Wednesday revealed the results of its 2012 M2M Benchmarking Study, which found that Vodafone was the communications service provider (CSP) best placed to take advantage of the machine-to-machine communication market in the future. According the firms earlier research, there will be 12 million connected devices by 2020, generating revenue of $919 billion.

Telit Wireless completes Smart Farm in South Korea

Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Wednesday announced the completion of its first “smart farm” system in South Korea. The technology allows farmers to monitor and control cold climate greenhouses remotely via their smartphone, which allows for a reduction in labor, water and energy, according to Telit Wireless.

Standard development organizations agree on initiative for M2M standardization

Major Standards Development Organizations (SDO) have recognized that M2M services often rely upon communications networks for connectivity between the myriad of devices in the field and the M2M application servers, and have identified the need for a common cost-efficient, widely available M2M Service Layer, which can be readily embedded within various hardware and software.

Asian firms may eye RIM platform; Samsung denies

Reuters

Research In Motion is not on Samsung Electronics Co's immediate shopping list, but the ailing Blackberry maker may still be attractive to Asian smartphone makers looking to compete against Google's Android, the world's fastest growing mobile platform.

Telecom vendors expect slow 2012

Reuters

Telecom operators globally are expected to cut spending on their networks this year, hitting equipment makers that were only just beginning to recover from intense price wars and the last economic downturn. Even optimistic observers see only slight growth of between 3 and 4% in the market for telecom network equipment overall, and most expect a steep fall in mobile investments.

U.S. Govt halts GPS tests after interference, LightSquared cries foul

On Friday, a group of government agencies with portfolios in GPS and related technologies announced that it had halted testing of LightSquared’s proposed network after it found that “plans for its proposed mobile network would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers.”

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