France Telecom plans to sell European assets where it has minority stake

On Tuesday France Telecom (Paris, France) presented its strategic and financial ambitions for the next five years. According to its press release, France Telecom will be reviewing its portfolio of assets and is expecting to sell any assets where it is not a majority shareholder.

TM Forum Highlight: Optical Network bursts onto scene

In one of the highlights of the TM Forum Management World event in Dublin last week, the Irish government showed off its Exemplar project, a “metro ring” carrier network in Dublin that is said to be the first to incorporate optical burst switching, a technology that could have broad implications in greatly improving the efficiency and capacity of carrier networks.

FTTH Council urges FCC to preserve "High Cost Fund" to keep U.S. rural high-speed broadband on track

Maintaining the High-Cost universal service fund is critical to ensuring that the nation's broadband universal service goals are achieved, according to a document filed today with the U.S. government Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a non-profit organization that advocates for the expansion of next-generation broadband.

Lightsquared near $2 billion a year Sprint deal: Sources

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Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan.) is close to completing a $2 billion-a-year network sharing agreement with hedge fund billionaire Phil Falcone's LightSquared (Reston, Va.) telecommunications venture, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Under the proposed agreement, LightSquared would pay $2 billion a year to rent space on Sprint's network to launch its own high-speed wireless services, according to a person who asked not to be named because the details are not yet public.

Ericsson wins contract worth up to $1.2 billion in Australia

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Australia's state-owned National Broadband Network awarded a contract to Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) worth up to $1.2 billion, the latest in a string of contracts to build the 38.4 billion network.

The contract is to build and operate a wireless network over the next ten years to cover the remote parts of Australia that will not be serviced by fiber-optic cable under the government's plan to provide fast Internet connections to the bulk of Australian homes.

HomePlug Powerline Alliance announces support from global German auto manufacturers for HomePlug Technology

At its event at COMPUTEX Taipei Wednesday, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced support from Germany’s major car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – for its HomePlug Technology.

Sprint formally requests FCC to Deny AT&T, T-Mobile acquisition

Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.) announced Tuesday it has formally requested the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas) proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, noting the Commission’s responsibility to protect consumers and the industry against anti-competitive market control. Sprint made the request in a “Petition to Deny” filed at the FCC this afternoon.

In its filing, Sprint concluded the proposed acquisition cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions, and urged the FCC to block the proposed transaction on the following grounds:

Nokia Siemens Networks begins operations for its NOC in Brazil

Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) Tuesday announced the start of operations for its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. NII Holdings, Inc. (Reston, Va.) which operates under the NEXTEL brand in Latin America, is the first operator to use the GNOC to centralize its network operations. Nokia Siemens Networks currently manages operations for NII’s multi-vendor networks across five countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

Ford showcases vehicle-to-vehicle communication using LTE network

Ford Friday demonstrated its latest advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communications at the final CoCarX (Co-operative Cars Extended) research project presentation, further highlighting the viability of improving road safety and traffic management through the use of intelligent vehicles.

According to Monika Wagener, head of external affairs & communications for Ford, Ericsson and Vodafone have partnered with Ford on this car-to-car communication project.

Telehealth in Canada grew by more than 35 percent

With more than 5,700 telehealth systems in at least 1,175 communities across the country, Canada is a global leader in improving access to care by connecting patients and care providers in different, and frequently remote locations, according to a new national study released Monday, announced Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice-President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway.

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