GE starts building Electric Vehicle learning center

GE Capital Fleet Services (Eden Prairie, Minn., U.S.A.) broke ground last week on a customer experience and learning center that will showcase GE’s portfolio of electric vehicle services and help GE commercial customers evaluate EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles for their fleets.

Report: Cisco, HP battle in Ethernet switch and enterprise router markets

Last week, market research firm Infonetics Research (Campbell, Calif., U.S.A.) released excerpts from its second quarter 2011 Ethernet Switches and Enterprise Routers market share reports.  The report indicates that vendors are experiencing flat revenues as a result of the increased competition in the market, with Cisco (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) and HP (Palo, Alto, Calif., U.S.A.) in the forefront of the competition.

France sells 4G mobile licenses for $1.2 billion

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France sold off a first batch of fourth-generation mobile frequencies for 1.28 billion, granting licenses to all four major telecom operators in an auction that will structure the market for years to come.

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom (Paris, France) and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad (Paris, France) put in the highest bids to win the two larger blocks of 20 megahertz.

Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues Telecom (Paris, France) were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz, ARCEP said in a statement on Thursday.

Clearwire talks capacity sale with AT&T, Verizon, others

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Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) is in talks with U.S. wireless operators, including AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Wireless (New York), about selling network capacity while it also eyes raising new funding through equity, debt and vendor financing, according to top company executives.

Clearwire, which needs $900 million in new funding, is also open to selling wireless spectrum, but is not running a sale process, Chief Financial Officer Hope Cochran told Reuters.

M2M Alliance Event doubles attendance, highlights include tempered optimism

The premier vendor organization for machine-to-machine communications, the M2M Alliance, held its fourth annual Summit last week in Bergheim (near Cologne, Germany), and attendance doubled to close to 500 attendees, while the exhibitor list grew to over 30 companies from fewer than 15 last year. “The growth of the M2M Alliance Summit is one strong indicator of the strength of the M2M sector, both in Germany and abroad,” says Georg Steimel, the M2MA’s chairman, and newly appointed head of M2M solutions for equipment maker Huawei in Europe (Dusseldorf, Germany).

China Telecom gains 2 million 3G subscribers in August

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China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, China), the smallest of the country's three telecommunications operators, said on Tuesday that its mobile subscribers increased to 113.53 million in August, including 25.61 million 3G subscribers.

China Telecom said on its website that 3G subscribers rose by 2.05 million in August, while total users increased by 2.59 million.

AT&T may have to settle for weaker T-Mobile tie-up

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If AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) fails to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA should go ahead, the pair may end up having to settle for a lesser relationship.  While it wouldn't be as attractive as an all-out marriage, a network partnership would sidestep the regulatory heat and give the spectrum-hungry companies more capacity to support high-speed wireless services, according to analysts.

Cloud could cut energy data center consumption 31% by 2020

According to a report by research firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), the continued adoption of cloud computing will lead to a reduction of data center energy consumption of 31% from 2010 to 2020.  The energy-efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, says the research firm, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Samsung considers blocking release of new Apple iPhone

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Samsung Electronics Co (Seoul, South Korea)  is considering legal action to ban sales of Apple's (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) new iPhone, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, in what could be its strongest step to defend against claims by the U.S. firm that the South Korean firm had copied its product designs.

The source declined to elaborate further on where Samsung planned to take legal actions and the Maeil Business Newspaper reported that Samsung may seek injunction request on Apple's new iPhone in Europe.

Google, Visa team up on mobile payments

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Google Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) has enlisted Visa Inc (San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A.) in its effort to push mobile payments, striking an agreement to allow Visa account-holders to pay for store purchases with their smartphones.

Visa comes onboard a “Google Wallet" project already supported by Citigroup, MasterCard, Sprint Nextel Corp and First Data. In May, the group announced a trial of a system that lets shoppers store money on phones and pay at checkout.

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