O2 signs smart meter deal with G4S Utility Services

Broadband provider O2 enters smart metering market with multi-million pound agreement

Telefónica O2 UK last week announced that they signed a multi-million pound contract with international security solutions group and major UK smart meter operations service provider G4S Utility Services (G4S) to simplify the remote management and monitoring of the O2 UK’s national smart meter network.

GE to build $40M smart grid center in Ontario

GE and the Government of Ontario last week announced a new $40 million Grid IQ Innovation Center, the first smart grid center of its kind for GE in Canada, to be located in Markham, Ontario. The 200,000 square foot center will develop and manufacture grid modernization technologies and encompass a global testing and simulation laboratory. The building is expected to open in July 2012.

New Smart Grid specs give superior monitoring in electricity supply

ITU G.hnem standard will link comms and electricity networks

New standards that will enable cost-effective smart grid applications such as distribution automation, smart meters, smart appliances and advanced recharging systems for electric vehicles have entered the final stage of approval at ITU.

The G.hnem standards (ITU-T Recommendations) address several smart grid applications such as distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand side management (DSM), grid-to-home communications, home/building energy management, home automation, vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-charging station communications.

Apple willing to develop LTE iPhone for China Mobile

Reuters

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, said on Friday that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on the Chinese carrier's network standard.

Orange Business Services partners with GDF SUEZ managing information system

Partnership emphasizes telecom provider's ability to manage traditional IT services

French energy group GDF Suez has signed a six-year deal with Orange Business Services for the management of its information system. The partnership includes standard facilities management such as hosting, infrastructure operation and running ERP applications. The partnership will also establish a shared engineering team in charge of developing the Group’s solutions to match the needs of its business units as closely as possible.

CeBIT 2011: Deutsche Telekom outlines fiber-to-the-home and LTE plans

10 German cities will be connected this year

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) discussed rollout plans for both its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and wireless LTE network expansions in a press conference today at CeBIT. As many as 160,000 households in 10 German cities will connect via FTTH this year.

The company claims download speeds in excess of 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 500 Mbps will be available.

Certain districts within Braunschweig, Brühl, Hanover, Hennigsdorf, Neu-Isenburg, Kornwestheim, Mettmann, Offenburg, Potsdam, and Rastatt will get FTTH in 2011.

Nokia and Microsoft announce broad strategic partnership

Will take on Apple and Google

Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will join with Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to challenge Apple and Google's grip on the smartphone market in a bold move by the Finnish manufacturer.

Nokia will use Windows Phone as its software platform for all forthcoming smartphones as part of a sweeping overhaul announced by CEO Stephen Elop.

South Korea's KT launches nationwide WiMax network

Series of smartphones to be announced

Reuters

KT, South Korea's No.2 mobile operator, said on Wednesday that it had rolled out a nationwide high-speed WiMax service to help meet surging data demand from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The move comes as KT, which is also the country' top fixed-line carrier, seeks to further sharpen its competitive edge to counter threats from bigger rival SK Telecom, which will join KT in offering Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

CeBIT 2011: Connected Living exhibits smart home technologies

Smart living for any lifestyle

Connected Living, an association of 40 smart service manufacturers and service providers, is exhibiting a mock smart home at this year's CeBIT. The "house" is divided into three rooms: one for the whole family, one for just kids, and one for those who are maritally single.

Korea Electric Power Corp. to build smart grid

$1.8 billion investment by 2015

Korea Electric Power Corp. (Seoul), South Korea's number 1 electricity producer, has announced it plans to invest $1.8 billion (2 trillion won) over the next five years in a smart grid. The project is part of a larger government initiative to reduce carbon emission. The South Korean government has previously mentioned that state and private spending on smart grid infrastructure could reach nearly $21 billion by 2030.

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