Smart Meter shipments reached 19.2 million units worldwide in 3Q11

Global smart meter shipments reached 19.2 million in the third quarter of 2011, which represents a 5.3% increase over 2Q 2011, according to a new tracker report from Pike Research. Smart meter and smart grid deployments have risen significantly during 2011, particularly in North America. A number of large projects have been announced and key vendors have been selected to provide utilities with meters, communications modules, and meter data management services.

Laird Technologies releases new M2M wireless gateway

Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.

Orbcomm prepares to launch second AIS satellite

ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, last week announced that the target launch date for its second satellite is January 10, 2012. LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB System AG, confirmed that construction and testing of the VesselSat2 AIS satellite has been successfully completed.

The spacecraft has been shipped to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation’s Tiayuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in the Ganso Province of the People’s Republic of China for its launch.

Verizon ditches $2 fee after customer, FCC criticism

Reuters

Verizon Wireless has reversed its decision to charge a $2 fee for telephone and online bill payments, bowing to a storm of criticism from consumers and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The biggest U.S. wireless operator retracted its decision on Friday, just a day after it announced the fee for one-time payments, which was to have begun January 15.

Half a million TD-LTE base stations to be deployed by 2016

At least half a million base stations will be installed or upgraded for TD-LTE by the end of 2016, according to a study by ABI Research. TD-LTE is the Time-Division Duplex (TDD) variant of the fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless standard.

Telecom carriers, vendors sign contract for Asia Pacific Gateway Network

From releases by staff

NTT Communications Corporation and NEC Corporation are among a group of telecom carriers and vendors that recently announced they signed a contract for the construction and maintenance of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), an undersea cable network that is scheduled to launch by June 2014 with a total design capacity of 54.8 terabit-per-second (Tbps).

Deutsche Telekom settles U.S. bribery probes

Reuters

Deutsche Telekom AG will pay more than $95 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil charges that a Hungarian unit and three former executives schemed to bribe government officials in Macedonia and Montenegro. Regulators said the charges arose from the company's Magyar Telekom unit having in 2005 and 2006 arranged payments of $15.8 million to intermediaries, expecting some or all of the money to be funneled to the officials in exchange for business benefits.

DoCoMo taps Samsung, Fujitsu, others for LTE chip venture

Reuters

A new LTE joint venture spearheaded by Japan’s NTT DoCoMo may add increase competition for Qualcomm, a company that dominants the mobile chipset business.


DoCoMo (Tokyo) is investing $5.8 million in a wholly owned subsidiary, dubbed Communication Platform Planning Co., which will be run together with Samsung, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor, NEC, and Panasonic.

ORBCOMM to acquire asset management company for $6 million

ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and PAR Technology Corporation, a provider of hospitality technology and services, on Wednesday announced that they have entered into an agreement under which ORBCOMM will acquire the assets of PAR's subsidiary, PAR Logistics Management Systems (PAR LMS) for $6 million.

Telit Wireless to acquire Navman Wireless OEM Solutions

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, has entered into an agreement to purchase Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a designer and manufacturer of Global Positioning System (GPS) modules, for $3 million in cash.

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