Fleet management company SkyBitz acquired for $42 million

Telular Corporation (Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M provider, last week announced the acquisition of SkyBitz, Inc. (Sterling, Va., U.S.A.), a provider of asset tracking equipment, for $42 million.  The deal is comprised of $35 million in cash and $7 million in shares of common stock.

Axeda and ClearConnex announce M2M partnership

Axeda Corporation (Foxboro, Mass., U.S.A.), a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and ClearConnex (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.),a company providing products and engineering services targeted at M2M and wireless devices, announced an alliance to streamline the building and delivery of wireless M2M products.

More than $27 billion smart grid potential in top 25 emerging countries

A new study released by Northeast Group, LLC (Washington D.C.) has identified 25 emerging market countries that are positioned for the next wave of smart grid activity over the coming decade.  These countries will represent a smart metering market alone of at least $27 billion and could reach $49 billion by 2020.

AT&T certifies 3G Telit M2M module on network

Telit Wireless Solutions (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.), the North American M2M technology arm of Telit Communications, announced on Wednesday that two of its 3G M2M modules have been certified on the AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) network.

Everything Everywhere to invest $2.3 billion into telecom network upgrade

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Britain's biggest mobile operator Everything Everywhere (London) announced plans on Thursday to invest over $2.3 billion in the next three years to improve its coverage and prepare for the launch of a fourth generation (4G) network.

Dish eyes T-Mobile if AT&T bid fails

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Dish Network Corp (Meridian, Colo., U.S.A.) is considering a partnership with telecom operator T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A) if AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) is unable to fulfill its bid to take over the fourth U.S. wireless network, Dish Chief Executive Joe Clayton said on Monday.

New global roaming SIM card charges users $.65 per MB

Roaming cell phone charges while traveling abroad are still a major concern among consumers.  As many as 60% of travelers don’t switch on their mobile device when they travel overseas, due in large part to fears of racking up huge roaming bills.  Much of this fear isn’t due to voice, but data use, which has spiked with the adoption of smartphones and tablets.

Consumers consider mobile payments safer than credit cards

On Tuesday, Javelin Strategy & Research (Pleasanton, Calif., U.S.A.) and PaymentOne (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) released a study of consumers' online and mobile purchasing attitudes, which found that by a margin of almost 4 to 1, consumers believe direct carrier-billed mobile payments are more secure than using credit and debit cards for online digital purchases.

Huawei to scale back Iran operations, equipment used to track dissidents

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Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), China's biggest telecoms equipment manufacturer, said it would not pursue new business in Iran after a U.S.-based watchdog said that authorities in Tehran were using the firm's equipment to track dissidents.

AT&T vows to pursue T-Mobile merger, no plan B

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Telecom operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) plans to forge ahead with its deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germant) U.S. wireless unit despite fierce regulatory opposition, and it has the financial resources to close the acquisition quickly, a top executive said on Wednesday.

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