Top three U.S. telecom carriers report quarterly results

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The top three U.S. telecom carriers, Verizon Communications, AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel Inc, recently released financial results for the first quarter of 2012.  All three carriers reported higher-than-expected financial results for 1Q2012. 

Mobile data explosion makes Ka Band satellite profitable in LTE backhaul

In the past, satellite was dismissed as a wireless backhaul technology, mainly for cost reasons; but as pricing for wireless data increases and carriers shift away from unlimited plans, there is now a compelling, and profitable argument for Ka Band’s use in LTE network backhaul. Ka Band plays well with LTE’s all-packet architecture.

Court finds Apple infringes on Motorola Mobility patent

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Apple Inc infringed on a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc patent in making its popular iPhones, iPads and other products, a judge for the International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday.


ITC Judge Thomas Pender said in a preliminary ruling that Apple (Cupertino, Calif., USA) infringed on a patent for eliminating noise and other interference during voice and data transmissions. The full commission will now review the judge's decision and issue a final ruling in August.

Germany connects rural towns with LTE before cities

The first places to receive LTE coverage in Germany were not large cities like Berlin or Munich, but towns of 5,000 inhabitants or less. Now that rural areas have been covered, German providers will now start to update urban areas with LTE coverage this year.

Wyless to offer the first Clearwire 4G M2M product

Wyless, a global M2M managed services provider, on Tuesday announced an agreement with Clearwire to offer the first machine-to-machine (M2M) 4G products available on the Clearwire network. The agreement will provide 4G connectivity to Wyless customers and partners in more than 80 markets across the United States.

Report: Cinterion, Sierra Wireless, Telit lead module vendors

Last week, ABI Research released its market share rankings of M2M cellular embedded module vendors for 2011, which evaluated vendors' market share performance for both total unit shipment volume of M2M cellular modules, as well as for total M2M revenue, including modules, terminals, software, and services.

UK smart grid could boost economy by $21 billion

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Britain could pump $21 billion into its economy and create up to 10,000 jobs by upgrading its power distribution network with smart grid technology, an Ernst & Young report said on Tuesday.


Smart grid proponents say the technology has the potential to transform the way electricity is generated, distributed and consumed just as the Internet transformed the way the world communicates.

u-blox acquires 4M Wireless for $9 million

On Tuesday, u-blox, a provider of positioning and wireless semiconductors, software and solutions, announced that it has acquired 4M Wireless, a company that designs and develops software and test services for developing fourth generation (4G) mobile wireless devices based on the latest Long Term Evolution (LTE) standards.


The acquisition of 100% of the shares of 4M Wireless was priced at approximately $9 million.

Massachusetts commuter rails launch e-ticketing system

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, a provider of transit mobile ticketing, jointly announced that they will be bringing mobile ticketing to MBTA commuter rail riders this fall. With applications for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, customers will be able to purchase commuter rail tickets and passes.  Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

Vending machine company to be 100% cashless by end of 2012

USA Technologies, Inc., a provider of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry services for self-serve, small-ticket retailing industries, last week announced that its customer, Pepi Food Services, has signed an agreement to go 100% cashless by the end of 2012. Using USA Technologies ePort Connect cashless payment and telemetry service, Pepi plans to convert its entire vending machine base to 100% cashless three years ahead of Pepi's original plan.

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