Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom joint venture begins operations

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) announced that following approval by the relevant anti-trust authorities, BUYIN will start business operations on Monday as a Brussels-based procurement joint venture between the two companies.

The company, which also has operational units in France and Germany, is headed by Volker Pyrtek, previously Chief Procurement Officer at Deutsche Telekom.

U.S. wireless initiative stalls new FCC billing rules

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The U.S. wireless industry is rolling out more consumer-friendly billing practices, fending off a plan by communications regulators to impose new rules against unexpected charges.

Guidelines unveiled on Monday by the wireless trade association, CTIA, will see companies send alerts to customers when they near or reach monthly limits on voice, text and data services, and before they incur international roaming charges.

The guidelines are similar to rules the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was contemplating, and the regulator is backing off its plan for now.

O2 to offer free internet calls to mobile and landlines

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On Wednesday, Telefonica's O2 (Slough, England) announced plans to introduce free calls to mobiles and landlines over the internet.  This decision highlights a key challenge for mobile operators - overcoming the commoditization of voice calls - a process which is being facilitated by falling mobile termination rates. Offering their own applications will be one way for operators to differentiate their products and retain a share of this growing market.

Wireless subscriber connections surpass U.S and its territories population

For the first time in history, wireless subscriber connections have surpassed the population in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), which means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. is 103.9%, according to a survey connected by CTIA- the Wireless Association.

New technology allows landline calls to be accessed through mobile phones

On Wednesday, TelecomEngine got a chance to visit with Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.) at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California to get a demo of their newest piece of technology. 


Verizon showcased the Mobile UC Client, a tool that allows a person’s business landline number to be assessable from their mobile phone.  According to Bill Versen, director of Advanced Mobile Communications at Verizon, this is meant to leverage existing infrastructure to extend the Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to the mobile phone.

M2M companies optimistic about future at CTIA

Reporting live from the floor of the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has seen new products and announcements from many key players in the industry.  It’s fair to say that overall, the M2M industry is optimistic about the future of the market, as well as the new opportunities for growth opening up in the M2M space.  “We are in the second inning of a 20 inning ballgame,” says Stratton Nicolaides, CEO of Numerex.

RACO Wireless announces M2M partnerships at CTIA

RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.), a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, announced four partnerships at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California. 


The first partnership announced by RACO Wireless was with Aeris Communications Inc. (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.), a cellular carrier for M2M applications.  Aeris offers CDMA coverage throughout North America, as well as GSM coverage through T-Mobile.

u-blox announces major moves into U.S.

Live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, M2M Zone has seen many important announcements from M2M companies, including u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), a wireless chip and module company.  On Monday, u-blox announced a CDMA module for the U.S. market, as well as partnership with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.).

GSMA predicts huge revenue opportunity from cellular connected devices

On Monday, a day before the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show was set to get underway in San Diego, California, the GSM Association, including top executives from AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.), Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) and Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) came together to speak about the major revenue opportunities that exist with mobile connected devices.

Telit conference: value-added services

Top priorities list for M2M vendors

New and additional services for connectivity and data management are the highest priorities for vendors to the M2M industry according to experts at an industry gathering organized by module maker Telit Wireless Solutions and held on the eve of the CTIA Enterprise show in San Diego.

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