Sprint formally requests FCC to Deny AT&T, T-Mobile acquisition

Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.) announced Tuesday it has formally requested the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas) proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, noting the Commission’s responsibility to protect consumers and the industry against anti-competitive market control. Sprint made the request in a “Petition to Deny” filed at the FCC this afternoon.

In its filing, Sprint concluded the proposed acquisition cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions, and urged the FCC to block the proposed transaction on the following grounds:

Nokia Siemens Networks begins operations for its NOC in Brazil

Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) Tuesday announced the start of operations for its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. NII Holdings, Inc. (Reston, Va.) which operates under the NEXTEL brand in Latin America, is the first operator to use the GNOC to centralize its network operations. Nokia Siemens Networks currently manages operations for NII’s multi-vendor networks across five countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru.

Ford showcases vehicle-to-vehicle communication using LTE network

Ford Friday demonstrated its latest advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communications at the final CoCarX (Co-operative Cars Extended) research project presentation, further highlighting the viability of improving road safety and traffic management through the use of intelligent vehicles.

According to Monika Wagener, head of external affairs & communications for Ford, Ericsson and Vodafone have partnered with Ford on this car-to-car communication project.

Telehealth in Canada grew by more than 35 percent

With more than 5,700 telehealth systems in at least 1,175 communities across the country, Canada is a global leader in improving access to care by connecting patients and care providers in different, and frequently remote locations, according to a new national study released Monday, announced Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice-President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway.

Remote terminal units in smart grid, market analysis and forecasts to 2015

The global market for remote terminal units will grow at a slow rate in the next few years until 2015. The global market for remote terminal units (RTU) is nearing saturation as the deployment of RTUs has been going on since 1970s. This leaves little scope for growth in the North American and European power markets. The Asian nations are expected to play a key role in the coming years for the global RTU market as they undertake major drive to remove inefficiency in their power infrastructure and expand it to increase capacity.

Ceramic Fuel Cells signs contract with Smart Grid, Smart City project

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (Australia), a developer of high efficiency and low emission electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, Tuesday announced it has signed a contract to sell 25 BlueGen gas-to-electricity units to Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia).

The units will be installed in homes in Newcastle as part of Ausgrid’s ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’ project. The $100 million project, funded by the Australian Government, is Australia’s largest smart grid project.

The 25 BlueGen units – the second largest BlueGen order received by Ceramic Fuel

United Telehealth launches turnkey telehealth programs

United Telehealth Services (Nashville, Tennessee) Thursday announced its company’s launch providing telehealth programs for hospitals and physicians. Founded by Dr. Sami Ismail, Dr. John Wilters and Drew Nord, United Telehealth connects “Hub” hospital and specialists’ expertise to outlying “Spoke” hospitals, clinics and providers. Today, patients in remote or rural areas often unnecessarily travel long distances to seek consultations and opinions from physician specialists.

EPB and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs put the smarts into smart grid

EPB, Chattanooga's electric power distributor and communications provider, and Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) have teamed to ultimately provide energy management options to customers throughout the region by developing techniques to help analyze energy usage at unprecedented levels of detail.

Eircom to speed up talks as covenant breach looms

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Struggling Irish telecoms group Eircom said on Friday it must accelerate talks on restructuring its debt with shareholders and lenders ahead of a likely breach in its financial covenants within the next three months.

Eircom, majority-owned by Temasek unit Singapore Technologies Telemedia (STT), in March warned of a significant risk of a covenant breach within three to six months and said it would talk to shareholders about possibly injecting new equity.

Aeroflex displays new Auto-Test II TETRA test technology

Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (Plainview, N.Y.) and the leading supplier of test instruments for the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) market, presented its new Auto-Test II technology for testing TETRA mobile stations on the 3920 Digital Radio Test Set to the visitors of TETRA World Congress in Budapest. The new test option allows testing of TETRA terminals—independent of the network and encryption settings—by just pushing a button. Performing regular maintenance testing is an important issue for users of TETRA terminals.

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