Apple, Qualcomm, Nokia eye InterDigital

Reuters

Apple Inc, Nokia and Qualcomm Inc are among several technology companies pondering bids for wireless technology manufacturer InterDigital Inc (King of Prussia, Pa., U.S.A.), sources familiar with the situation said. The auction is expected to be heavily contested as giant technology companies fight to shore up patent portfolios.

Shares in InterDigital, which has a market value of about $3 billion, leaped as much as 12.2% on the news, but it quickly backtracked and was up $4.38 or 6.8% at $68.41 in afternoon trade.

Telefonica O2, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone plan mobile payments company

The three largest German telecom operators, Telefónica O2, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, plan to enter a joint venture to register their payment service mpass as its own company and have signed a letter of understanding, according to the companies. The new company is due to begin operating as early as this year.

AT&T reveals LTE launch and data pricing

On Tuesday, AT&T revealed both the launch date and data pricing for its first two LTE devices. The USBConnect Momentum 4G and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be launched on August 21, 2011. According to AT&T, the monthly data rate for 5 gigabytes of data is $50 with a $10 charge for any addition data consumed.

The two LTE devices will operate on the 4G LTE network. According to AT&T, if a customer moves outside the LTE network the device will default to the HSPA+ network, which provides 4G speeds that are up to four times faster than mobile broadband speeds.

Telecom equipment vendors report Q2 results

Large telecom equipment providers have started to report financial results from the second quarter of 2011. Overall, all companies posted an increase in revenue from the year-ago quarter, although some companies revenue declined from the first quarter of 2011. A major contributing factor to many vendors success was a strong smartphone market. Other companies, such as Ericsson, didn’t perform as well as expected due to strong currency rates and restructuring charges.

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India telecom operators asked to explain customer complaints

On Wednesday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued show-cause notices to five mobile operators, questioning complaints by customers concerning overcharging and portability regulations.

Telecom customers from Reliance Communications Ltd., Vodafone Essar, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Loop Telecom and Idea Cellular Ltd. have complained of overcharging and unfair rejection of porting requests.

According to TRAI, directions were issued in May of this year stating the specific grounds of which a telecom operator can reject a porting request under contraction obligation.

WiMAX subscriptions surpass 20 million globally

On Tuesday the WiMAX Forum (Beaverton, Ore., U.S.A.), a nonprofit organization promoting the adoption of WiMAX, announced that WiMAX technology has surpassed 20 million global subscribers.

Google, Motorola bet to reshape Asian phone makers

Reuters

Asian handset makers using Google Inc's (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) Android operating system might turn to rival platforms such as Microsoft Corp's (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) Windows after Google upended the mobile landscape with its $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility Holdings (Libertyville, Ill., U.S.A.).

Cloud firm Box.net seeks $35 million in new funding

Reuters

Cloud-storage and file-sharing company Box.net (Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A.) is raising $35 million in new funding, according to a recent filing. The company -- which focuses on providing Internet-based document storage for business users -- has already raised $18.7 million through a group of seven unidentified backers.

The company completed a $48 million funding round in February on top of $15 million round last year and several earlier, smaller rounds. The new financing brings Box.net's total funding to $112.6 million.

California adopts security standards for smart meters

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) (San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A.), a state regulator of utility companies, recently approved rules to protect the privacy and security of customer usage data generated by smart meters as part of its efforts to build a smart grid for California.

Alcatel-Lucent, China's SGIT partner on smart grid tech

Telecom equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) and China's State Grid Information and Telecommunication Co. (SGIT), a unit of utility company State Grid Corporation of China (Beijing, China) (SGCC), announced a partnership on Friday to provide technology that accesses data used to track energy usage from devices such as smart meters, analyze that data and deliver that information to the utility company.

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