Vodafone could merge with Verizon Wireless, eyes Asia, South America

Reuters

Recently, there has been talk that a merger between Vodafone and Verizon Communications could be the most logical option for both telecom operators.  A recent report by analysts from Goldman Sachs Group  stated that if Verizon Communications were to get rid of their fixed-line unit, it would allow for its wireless and enterprise units to merge with that of Vodafone’s.  The report saw this as the most “attractive option” for Vodafone.

Deutsche Telekom seeks new strategy for T-Mobile USA

Reuters

Deutsche Telekom is overhauling its strategy for its U.S. wireless unit after AT&T last month dropped its planned $39 billion takeover of the unit, a person familiar with the strategy planning said on Monday.


"Telekom is planning to work out a new strategy for T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks," the person told Reuters, adding that no date had been set to unveil the plan but it would certainly not be before 2011 results are published on February 23.

Huawei leads Europe in LTE macro base-station equipment market

In 2010, Huawei had less than half the number of European LTE base-station deployments as Ericsson, but in 2011 Huawei was the top supplier of LTE base-station equipment, according to research firm NPD In-Stat.

Google shares dip after Motorola warns of weak earnings

Reuters

Shares of Google Inc fell nearly 4% on Monday, after Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc's warning of worse-than-expected financial results raised concerns about Google's pending acquisition of the smartphone maker. The $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, the largest in Google's history, is expected to close early this year.

Verizon buys remaining 50% of nPhase

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless announced that it had purchased the remaining 50% of nPhase, a joint venture it formed with Qualcomm in 2009. nPhase is a company focused on machine-to-machine (M2M), telemetry and wireless services.   The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

1% of mobile subscribers now consume 50% of world bandwidth

A recent study documented the data usage of 1.1 million subscribers of a European mobile network over a 24-hour period and found that 1% of subscribers consumed 50% of the downlink data volume.  Arieso, an advisor of mobile operators in the United States, Europe and Africa, conducted the study.

China Telecom enters UK as MVNO

Reuters

China Telecom plans to launch a mobile service in Britain targeting Chinese residents, businesses and visitors early this year, becoming the first Chinese carrier to launch such a service outside China, it said on Wednesday. The service will use rented space on the network of Everything Everywhere, the joint venture of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom that is Britain's biggest operator.

Analysis: texting profits at risk as users look elsewhere

Reuters

Text-messaging has long been a big-time profit generator for U.S. mobile operators, but they now risk losing these profits as consumers find cheaper ways to communicate.  SMS (short message service) is currently generating an estimated 12% of service revenue for U.S. operators, but now many consumers are turning to low-cost alternatives like iMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook's mobile messaging service.

emporia enters North and Latin America with simplified phones

emporia Telecom, a mobile device manufacturer focused on simplified communication, on Wednesday announced its expansion to North and Latin America in 2012, building upon the 30 countries in which it currently operates. emporia plans to bring its easy-to-use mobile products for first-time mobile phone users – from kids to seniors – to the United States, Canada and Latin America beginning in the spring.

Zhone provides FTTH, mobile backhaul to Saudi Arabia

Zhone Technologies, Inc, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, announced on Wednesday that through a partnership with BTC Networks, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a mobile voice and data service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is utilizing Zhone's MXK Optical Line Termination (OLT) for its nationwide Fiber network.

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