Ericsson, the world's biggest telecom network equipment maker, and Samsung Electronics Co have reached a deal to end all patent-related legal disputes.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) said on Monday the agreement included an initial payment and royalty payments from Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) for the term of the multi-year license agreement and would affect Ericsson's operating cash flow at the beginning of 2014.
UK fixed-line incumbent BT has unveiled plans to spend another £50 million ($82.6 million) on extending fiber broadband services to homes and businesses over the next three years.
In a statement, the operator said the extra investment would benefit more than 30 cities in the UK and more than 400,000 additional premises.
It will mainly focus on equipping city cabinets that were not part of BT’s (London, UK) original plans, deploying fiber to cabinets that serve apartment blocks and laying additional fiber to new build sites in cities.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is set to replace departing chief executive Bill Morrow with Inaki Berroeta, who currently heads up the Vodafone Group’s business in Romania.
In a statement, the operator said that Berroeta would take over from Morrow on 1 March, with Morrow to stay on until the end of March to ensure a smooth transition takes place.
After that, Morrow will leave the Vodafone Group to take charge of NBN Co, the government-backed operator that is deploying a high-speed network across Australia.
Saudi Arabia's Mobily will start leasing its mobile phone network to a new operator to launch a rival service in the first quarter, an executive said, kicking off the biggest shake-up in the kingdom's telecommunications market in six years.
The Saudi telecom regulator, in a move to increase competition, has required the three mobile operators - second-biggest Mobily (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), leader Saudi Telecom Co (STC) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Zain Saudi (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) - to provide wholesale capacity to new operators that have no networks of their own.
Mexico's telecommunications regulator, which is investigating the market power of billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil, could boost competition by declaring the mobile phone company dominant, a rival operator said on Friday.
Iusacell (Mexico City, Mexico), the country's third-largest mobile operator by number of customers, would benefit if the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) declares America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico) and its fixed-line subsidiary Telmex dominant.
Ericsson has secured another customer for its Device Connection Platform in the shape of Sri Lankan mobile operator Dialog Axiata.
The Swedish vendor claims the technology will give Dialog (Colombo, Sri Lanka) everything it needs to deploy and manage millions of M2M connections.
The largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka, Dialog becomes the first of the country’s players to launch an M2M platform amid growing regional demand for M2M services, and currently serves customers in the utilities, finance, telematics and transport sectors.
Small operators targeting M2M growth should forget about the largest and most obvious opportunities and focus on “the long tail of smaller contracts”, where they can differentiate themselves more easily and provide a highly valued service.
Such is the recommendation of market-research firm Analysys Mason, which expects global cellular-connectivity revenues from the provision of M2M services to generate $15 billion in 2018, up from about $5 billion in 2013.
UK-based M2M player Neul has launched a new connectivity platform for Internet of Things services based on the use of so-called white space – gaps between spectrum bands freed up in the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.
The company is one of the main backers of the Weightless standard that has been developed to support M2M communications over white space.
Other prominent supporters include chip designer ARM (Cambridge, UK) and Cable & Wireless Worldwide, now controlled by multinational mobile operator Vodafone (Newbury, UK).
Young U.S. consumers want vehicles outfitted with expensive technology that boosts gas mileage and keeps them safe and connected, according to a survey published on Thursday. But the high cost of car ownership remains a stumbling block.
These consumers, ages 19 to 36 and known as Generation Y, are also three times more likely than their parents to abandon car ownership if costs escalate, consulting firm Deloitte LLP said in the study.
UK-based NextG-Com has launched what it claims is the first LTE protocol stack targeting M2M and special applications.
Its ALPs 520 is described as a customizable LTE modem stack that will meet the needs of target niche and special markets such as M2M services, LTE backhaul, relay nodes, routers and gateways.
The technology is suited to a range of M2M applications, says NextG-Com (Staines upon Thames, UK), from low-memory and low-cost M2M applications to high-performance special applications, with or without mobility.