Electric Vehicle charging station to reach 7.7 million by 2017

According to a new report by market research and consulting firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), by 2017 it is forecasted that more than 1.5 million Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations will be available in the United States, with a total of 7.7 million locations worldwide. The research firm anticipates that increasing demand for charge points will be driven in part by a rapid decline in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) prices, which will require manufacturers to adapt their business models as volumes continue to increase.

Hospital uses telehealth to provide stroke assistance

A new telestroke program at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) (Savannah, Ga., U.S.A.) is providing stroke assistance in rural regions of Georgia. Utilizing real-time audio and video conferencing, neurologists at MUMC can assess a patient and communicate treatment plans with doctors in regions that do not have a neurologist available, says the hospital.

According to an MUMC spokesperson, the program anticipates performing about 100 acute patient consults a year with further growth in the future.

TomTom launches navigation device with real-time traffic updates

TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), a manufacturer of automotive navigation systems, on Monday announced the launch of a portable navigation device with a suite of travel applications including real-time traffic updates.

The connected TomTom GO LIVE 1535M device combines road and traffic information from TomTom HD Traffic with travel-related applications to give people information needed to navigate more efficiently, according to the company. The device will be available starting in October and will cost $249.

SK Telecom wins LTE spectrum auction for $920 million

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SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea), the top mobile carrier in South Korea, said on Monday it beat rival KT Corp in an auction for the license for the 1.8 GHz spectrum band for $920 million, more than double the initial bid price.

The auction for the so-called "golden spectrum" for next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) services was hotly contested by the two mobile operators struggling to grab a bigger share of the growing smartphone market.

Ericsson closes acquisition of M2M tech from Telenor Connexion

On Wednesday Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) announced it had completed the asset purchase agreement to acquire Telenor Connexion's (Stockholm, Sweden) M2M technology platform, previously announced on April 19, 2011. The acquisition follows Ericsson's ambition to participate in the market for M2M communication, adding ten employees that are being transferred as part of the deal, says the company.

Ericsson's M2M service, the Device Connection Platform, offers telecom operators a way to set up M2M services for enterprise customers, according to Ericsson.

FCC asks AT&T for more info on T-Mobile Bid

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AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) said on Wednesday that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has requested more information about its acquisition of T-Mobile in relation to its commitment to expand high-speed wireless services to 97% of all Americans.

"Requests from the FCC staff for additional information are to be expected given the detailed review they are undertaking," AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris said.

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple

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On Wednesday, Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive of Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) without specifying a reason. Tim Cook, the company's Chief Operating Officer, who has been standing in for Jobs during his medical leave, has been named the new CEO. Jobs will serve as Chairman.

Jobs has spent 14 years as CEO at Apple, a company he brought back from the brink of bankruptcy and turned into the world's largest technology corporation.

The switch from TDM to IP, why is it taking so long?

The telecom industry has undergone drastic changes over the last few decades, from a service only able to deliver voice capabilities, to a service where voice is one of a large number of features delivered across a network. These changes have accumulated to the point where another major change is imminent, a change to an all-IP (Internet Protocol) infrastructure. This change is already happening, but with TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) technology still being used for the majority of phone calls today, it may be further away than first anticipated.

iPhone to be sold by Sprint, potentially China Mobile

On Tuesday, it was reported that Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) would begin selling the next version of the Apple Inc (Cupertino Calif., U.S.A.) iPhone in mid-October, making it the third U.S. telecom provider to distribute the smartphone.

Last week, another major telecom provider reported talks with Apple over potentially selling the iPhone. China Mobile (Beijing, China) said it would like to start selling the iPhone soon to accelerate uptake of high-end 3G services as it reported first-half profit at the top end of expectations.

Telecom Egypt, Alcatel-Lucent start 40G Mediterranean system

Telecommunications service provider Telecom Egypt (Cairo, Egypt), and equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France), have announced that the TE-NORTH Cable System, provisioned with 40 Gigabit per second (40G) wavelengths across the Mediterranean, is in service. TE-NORTH is a long submarine telecommunications cable linking France and Egypt, and is the first Mediterranean cable network to provide commercial service using 40G technology.

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