Sprint strikes MVNO deal with FreedomPop

On Wednesday, FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), and Sprint announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship that will allow FreedomPop to use Sprint’s 3G network and 4G LTE network, which is set to launch next week.

Verizon cable deals make headway but regulatory doubts linger

Reuters

The telecoms regulator is prepared to approve Verizon Wireless' plan to buy airwaves from cable companies, according to people with knowledge of the situation, though the company still has to convince the Justice Department that the deal will not lead to higher prices for consumers.

Telefonica to launch mobile security service in Europe

Juniper Networks, a network systems provider, on Wednesday announced that Telefonica Digital has selected Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite to create a branded mobile security service for its consumer customer base across Europe.

70% of rural broadband subscribers receiving service below 4 Mbps target

Calix, Inc. on Thursday released excerpts for its latest U.S. Rural Broadband Report, based on Internet traffic information drawn from over 50 U.S. communications service provider networks from the first quarter (January through March) of 2012.

Vodafone buys NZ outfit from Telstra for $670 million

Reuters

Australia's Telstra will sell its struggling New Zealand operations to mobile operator Vodafone in a $670 million deal, threatening Telecom New Zealand's dominance and potentially making it a future takeover target.


Under the sale, Vodafone New Zealand said it will acquire TelstraClear's (Wellington, New Zealand) fixed-line and Internet operations, which hold only 16% of New Zealand's broadband market but will now have the muscle to compete head-on with much larger Telecom.

ZTE shares fell 45% so far in 2012 due to earnings fears, EU spat

Reuters

Shares of ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest telecommunications equipment maker, hit a three-year low on Tuesday on worries about earnings and concerns over a subsidies dispute between the European Union and China, analysts said.


ZTE's (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) Hong Kong-listed shares fell by as much as 8% to HK$13.00 in morning trade, the weakest level since late March 2009. The stock has fallen about 45% so far this year.

Seven carriers form M2M partnership, lack U.S. presence

On Tuesday, seven mobile operators announced they had entered into a global alliance to collaborate their M2M businesses. KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit, Telstra and Vimpelcom are all part of this M2M alliance.  Most notably, no carrier from the United States, specifically AT&T, has joined the partnership.

Smart Grid tech to help sustain vital social services during blackouts

Natural disasters demonstrate that, despite ongoing efforts to improve electric power transmission reliability, the risk of prolonged regional blackouts remains a significant concern.

Telit announces new business unit for M2M services and connectivity

Telit Wireless Solutions, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, on Tuesday announced the establishment of m2mAIR, a new business unit offering M2M managed and value-added services including connectivity.

Telemedicine, teleradiology, telemonitoring poised for large growth

As the global economy emerges from recession into a new period of growth, market data and analysis will become even more essential to companies seeking to compete on the global stage. According to a recent report by Global Information Inc., an information service company, telemedicine, teleradiology, and telemonitoring systems are poised for tremendous growth through the middle part of the decade.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

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