U.S. DoE gives $2.1 mln contract to develop smart-grid ready PV inverters

Solectria Renewables, LLC (Lawrence, Mass., U.S.A.), a PV inverter manufacturer, announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded a $2.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop integrated smart-grid ready photovoltaic (PV) inverters with utility communications in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Detroit Edison, National Grid and Xcel Energy. The contract is part of the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which aims to accelerate the development of cost-competitive solar technologies, according to the company.

AT&T issues statement on Department of Justice action

Shortly after the U.S. government moved to block AT&T’s (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany), AT&T issued a statement making it rather apparent that the service provider did not know about the governments intensions beforehand.

In the statement AT&T says they are “surprised and disappointed” by the government’s actions, especially after AT&T met with the Department of Justice (DOJ), who gave no indication that an action was being considerate by the government.

Orange to increase network capacity in Latin America by tenfold

On Monday, Orange Business Services (Paris, France) announced it will increase the capacity of its Latin American network by ten times due to growing demand from its multinational enterprise customers. According to the company, implementation will begin in October 2011, covering Brazil and Chile, followed by Argentina, Peru and Panama. The network, which now has a capacity of around 620 Mbps (megabits per second), will increase to 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) in an expansion that has several phases, according to Orange.

U.S. government files to block AT&T, T-Mobile deal

Reuters

The U.S. government filed to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA because of anti-competition concerns, launching the biggest challenge to a takeover by the Obama administration.

A failed deal would be expensive for AT&T, which plans to fight the government's decision in court. It promised to pay a breakup fee worth an estimated $6 billion, including $3 billion in cash, spectrum and a roaming agreement for T-Mobile USA.

Motorola deal could offer Google huge tax, patent benefits

Reuters

Google Inc's (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (Schaumburg, Ill., U.S.A.) will bring an unusual stable of tax and accounting benefits to the search-engine giant. The deal also underscores a trend by technology companies to snap up patents in a bid to stave off competitive threats and patent-infringement lawsuits. Google's patent portfolio is seen as one of the weakest in the industry.

Verizon acquires cloud software company

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Verizon Communications Inc. (New York) announced last week that it has acquired CloudSwitch, a provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help to boost industry adoption, says the company Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, which aims to enhance Verizon's hybrid-cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities, according to the service provider.

M2M applications connected through Cloud-based infrastructure

Information technology (IT) company NEC Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) announced on Monday the launch of a new service that uses M2M technology to connect a variety of sensors and terminals to a network. Beginning September 1, NEC will offer the "CONNEXIVE Cloud Based Infrastructure Service" to provide system infrastructure for M2M services through cloud platforms.

Hertz Global EV initiative expands to China

The Hertz Corporation (Park Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.), a car rental company, last week announced the expansion of its Global Electric Vehicle (EV) initiative to China, marking the first EV rental service to be offered in the country.

Hertz now offers EVs across the U.S. in cities including New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in London, United Kingdom and other cities in Europe.

IBM survey reveals lack of consumer understanding in smart grids

Last week, technology and consulting firm IBM (Armonk, N.Y., U.S.A.) unveiled findings from its "2011 IBM Global Utility Consumer Survey" which revealed that many consumers around the globe did not know what a smart grid was, as well as did not understand the basic unit of electricity pricing and other energy concepts used by energy providers. IBM surveyed more than 10,000 people across 15 countries to explore the wants and needs of energy consumers worldwide.

Electric Vehicle charging station to reach 7.7 million by 2017

According to a new report by market research and consulting firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), by 2017 it is forecasted that more than 1.5 million Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations will be available in the United States, with a total of 7.7 million locations worldwide. The research firm anticipates that increasing demand for charge points will be driven in part by a rapid decline in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) prices, which will require manufacturers to adapt their business models as volumes continue to increase.

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