Sprint chooses Ciena for network upgrade

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced that Sprint is upgrading its optical backbone network with Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The updated network, powered exclusively by Ciena, will enable Sprint to enhance transport network scalability and performance.

Gemalto selected by U.S. Cellular for LTE deployment

On Wednesday, Gemalto, a digital security company, announced it has been selected by U.S. Cellular, a mobile operator serving six million customers in 26 states, for its fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) service launch.

Global smart meter shipments grow 30% in 1Q12

According to a new report by IDC Energy Insights, a research-based advisory and consulting firm, the global smart meter industry shipped nearly 7.0 million meters in the first quarter of 2012. Shipments were up 28.8% year over year with shipments projected to grow 111.3% on an annual basis from 2011 to the end of 2012.

Renault, Nissan fund 1,000 public EV chargers in France

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Automaker Renault, frustrated by the speed at which electric car chargers are being installed across France, is to fund some of the missing infrastructure itself. A century after French tiremaker Michelin issued road signs to help early motorists find their way, Renault and Japanese affiliate Nissan are preparing to hand out charging stations for installation in public spaces.

Clean energy in M2M: By the numbers

On Monday at Connected World, Wyless, a M2M managed services provider, detailed some of its customers who are currently delivering "green" machine-to-machine (M2M) services. From solar-powered, wireless parking meters that allow credit card payments to a web-based irrigation control system, the services from IPS Group, GreenRoad and Weathermatic are positively impacting our society, which is demonstrated below in terms of numbers.


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Honeywell forms Smart Grid Solutions Business

On Monday, Honeywell announced the formation of Smart Grid Solutions, a global enterprise that centralizes the company's existing smart grid resources to respond to the growing needs of both energy providers and users.

Telit, Berkeley Varitronics Systems power device for M2M Installation

Telit Wireless Solutions, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules, announced on Tuesday that its CC864-DUAL, UC864-G and DE910-DUAL M2M modules provide wireless capabilities for Berkeley Varitronics Systems' M2M Cell Tower Tester, a hand-held device that helps field technicians optimize 3G M2M device installations.

Orange, Sorin Group launch remote monitoring service for implanted cardiac devices

Sorin Group, a global medical device company, and Orange Business Services, a global communications services integrator, on Wednesday launched SMARTVIEW, a remote monitoring solution for patients with implanted cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices in several countries in Europe.

Using the SMARTVIEW remote monitoring service, healthcare providers can now access valuable cardiac data and alert messages from Sorin’s (Mila

Verizon Wireless unveils shared data plans; rivals may follow

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Verizon Wireless is revamping its prices with new service plans that include unlimited calls and texts and the ability for customers to share their data allowance among multiple devices as it looks to shake up the U.S. wireless industry.


The biggest U.S. mobile operator is hoping to entice customers to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will be able avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

M&A could help telcos close European network gap

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Europe's top technology regulator Neelie Kroes supports consolidation as one way to create a handful of strong cross-border telecom leaders, which can invest more in mobile and broadband networks to close the gap with the United States and Asia.

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