M2M Alliance Event doubles attendance, highlights include tempered optimism

The premier vendor organization for machine-to-machine communications, the M2M Alliance, held its fourth annual Summit last week in Bergheim (near Cologne, Germany), and attendance doubled to close to 500 attendees, while the exhibitor list grew to over 30 companies from fewer than 15 last year. “The growth of the M2M Alliance Summit is one strong indicator of the strength of the M2M sector, both in Germany and abroad,” says Georg Steimel, the M2MA’s chairman, and newly appointed head of M2M solutions for equipment maker Huawei in Europe (Dusseldorf, Germany).

China Telecom gains 2 million 3G subscribers in August

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China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, China), the smallest of the country's three telecommunications operators, said on Tuesday that its mobile subscribers increased to 113.53 million in August, including 25.61 million 3G subscribers.

China Telecom said on its website that 3G subscribers rose by 2.05 million in August, while total users increased by 2.59 million.

AT&T may have to settle for weaker T-Mobile tie-up

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If AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) fails to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA should go ahead, the pair may end up having to settle for a lesser relationship.  While it wouldn't be as attractive as an all-out marriage, a network partnership would sidestep the regulatory heat and give the spectrum-hungry companies more capacity to support high-speed wireless services, according to analysts.

Cloud could cut energy data center consumption 31% by 2020

According to a report by research firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), the continued adoption of cloud computing will lead to a reduction of data center energy consumption of 31% from 2010 to 2020.  The energy-efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, says the research firm, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Samsung considers blocking release of new Apple iPhone

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Samsung Electronics Co (Seoul, South Korea)  is considering legal action to ban sales of Apple's (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) new iPhone, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, in what could be its strongest step to defend against claims by the U.S. firm that the South Korean firm had copied its product designs.

The source declined to elaborate further on where Samsung planned to take legal actions and the Maeil Business Newspaper reported that Samsung may seek injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe.

Google, Visa team up on mobile payments

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Google Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) has enlisted Visa Inc (San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A.) in its effort to push mobile payments, striking an agreement to allow Visa account-holders to pay for store purchases with their smartphones.

Visa comes onboard a “Google Wallet" project already supported by Citigroup, MasterCard, Sprint Nextel Corp and First Data. In May, the group announced a trial of a system that lets shoppers store money on phones and pay at checkout.

M2M module market declines 16% from 2009 to 2010

The cellular M2M embedded module market experienced a more difficult than expected year in 2010, according to a report by research firm ABI Research (New York).   Although total unit volumes continued to rise, reaching nearly 34 million units shipped in 2010, total industry revenue fell from roughly $996 million in 2009 to about $841 million in 2010, reversing the upward momentum in revenue seen in 2009 as the market rebounded from its 2008 lows.

GE Energy helps Ecuador build largest smart grid project in Latin America

GE Energy (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.), a division of General Electric, announced that it will be supplying smart meter infrastructure for 25,000 meters that are to be installed in Ecuador by electric company Electrica de Guayaquil (Guayaquil, Ecuador). This is the second phase of a complete overhaul of the country’s meters, which will eventually replace nearly 200,000 meters, according to GE energy.

eMeter urges global smart grid policy movement

Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer at eMeter (San Mateo, Calif., U.S.A.), a global smart grid software platform provider, is urging policymakers to adopt a universal smart grid vision for consumers in response to slow deployment of consumer-oriented smart meter functionality.

Telefonica, Masternaut sign agreement to market fleet management services

Telecommunications provider Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) and Masternaut (Paris, France), a provider of vehicle tracking management, have reached an agreement to jointly market telematics-enabled fleet management services. Both Telefonica and Masternaut will share product roadmaps to create products, according to Telefonica.

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