FCC releases analysis on AT&T deal, AT&T responds

On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 109-page analysis and findings report on AT&T’s (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.).  In the report, the FCC said the acquisition would limit competition and higher prices for customers.

AT&T, China Telecom expand partnership

Reuters

AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.) have agreed to expand their relationship in China and the United States and will look into supporting each other in other regions. AT&T said on Wednesday that the agreement would expand its services for business customers in China and that the companies would consider jointly developing services, including video conferencing and managed hosting.

They will also look at working together in other regions, according to AT&T, but it did not provide details.

Polish regulator fines mobile operators over mobile TV

Reuters

Poland's four cellphone operators, including units of Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France), have been fined a total of $34 million for anti-competitive conduct in the mobile TV market.

"All members of the cartel were told to stop their practices and received fines," Poland's competition watchdog UOKiK said last week. The regulator accused the four operators of obstructing the development of the nascent mobile television market.

UK energy regulator grants $76 million to six smart grid projects

Energy regulator Ofgem (London, England) on Sunday announced that six projects are to share $76 million of funding to help local power networks become smarter. The money comes from Ofgem’s $666 million Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCN Fund).

U.S. gives $6 million grant for rural telehealth projects

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted $6 million in funding to establish 10 telemedicine and health care projects to six states that have areas that are currently lacking adequate care.

"[This] funding can help improve the health of rural residents who live in the south central portion of the country," says Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary. "These projects can provide care to patients currently receiving no care at all and hopefully reduce the incidence of stroke, mental illness, and other health disorders in rural regions."

GE Energy provides city with $20 million smart grid system

On Monday, GE Energy formed an agreement with the city of Leesburg, Florida to undergo a $20 million smart grid project to modernize the city’s electric utility.  The project, paid for using $10 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, will provide 24,000 customers with smart meters starting in March of next year.

The new system is expected to save Leesburg $15 million in electric operations over the next 20 years, according to the Leesburg City Commission.

M2M used in landslide detection for governments

On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Green Life Networks (GLN), a department of Gemtek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a provider of wireless broadband solutions, to provide a landslide sensor for local, state and federal governments.

By deploying a group of sensors on hills with landslide potential, these sensors are able to detect minute movements to identify the formation of potential landslide.

Analysis: Sprint network upgrade may curb unlimited data plan

Reuters

Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) may be forced to abandon the biggest advantage it has over its rivals - unlimited data services for a flat fee - because of heavy data users and a shortage of wireless airwaves.

Moreover, the increasing likelihood that AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) plan to buy T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.), the nation's fourth-largest mobile operator, will fail may have the paradoxical result of making Sprint's position even more untenable, according to analysts who follow all three companies.

Blocking AT&T, T-Mobile deal could hurt rivals

Reuters

Driven by antitrust concerns, U.S. regulators are fighting hard to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA. But, in an ironic twist, smaller U.S. wireless rivals may suffer more if the deal is blocked than if it is approved.

Samsung to be largest LTE macro base stations provider in Asia Pacific

Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year.  According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).

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