On Thursday, Verizon Wireless announced that it had purchased the remaining 50% of nPhase, a joint venture it formed with Qualcomm in 2009. nPhase is a company focused on machine-to-machine (M2M), telemetry and wireless services. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
A recent study documented the data usage of 1.1 million subscribers of a European mobile network over a 24-hour period and found that 1% of subscribers consumed 50% of the downlink data volume. Arieso, an advisor of mobile operators in the United States, Europe and Africa, conducted the study.
China Telecom plans to launch a mobile service in Britain targeting Chinese residents, businesses and visitors early this year, becoming the first Chinese carrier to launch such a service outside China, it said on Wednesday. The service will use rented space on the network of Everything Everywhere, the joint venture of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom that is Britain's biggest operator.
Text-messaging has long been a big-time profit generator for U.S. mobile operators, but they now risk losing these profits as consumers find cheaper ways to communicate. SMS (short message service) is currently generating an estimated 12% of service revenue for U.S. operators, but now many consumers are turning to low-cost alternatives like iMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook's mobile messaging service.
emporia Telecom, a mobile device manufacturer focused on simplified communication, on Wednesday announced its expansion to North and Latin America in 2012, building upon the 30 countries in which it currently operates. emporia plans to bring its easy-to-use mobile products for first-time mobile phone users – from kids to seniors – to the United States, Canada and Latin America beginning in the spring.
Zhone Technologies, Inc, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, announced on Wednesday that through a partnership with BTC Networks, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a mobile voice and data service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is utilizing Zhone's MXK Optical Line Termination (OLT) for its nationwide Fiber network.
Verizon Wireless expects to report a 6% decline in its fourth quarter gross profit margins due to strong sales of the Apple Inc iPhone and other devices, according to a top executive for its parent company.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently unveiled three energy roadmaps to focus on the potential benefits of Ireland moving to a future energy system where electricity, managed via a smart grid, meets more of the country’s energy needs. The roadmaps, which are developed to inform energy policy in Ireland, demonstrate the potential to positively exploit abundant, indigenous energy resources, create employment and reduce our CO2 emissions, says the SEAI.
According to new a report from analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.2 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service with integrated connectivity at the end of 2011. The firm forecasts that the number of home monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2012 and 2016 reaching 4.9 million connections globally.
At the end of the year 1.5 million people around the globe were actively using TomTom’s LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic, compared to 690,000 at the start of the year.
Currently, over 90% of TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) automotive systems and 20% of its Portable Navigation Devices sold in Europe are equipped with LIVE Services.