Apple to see sharp rise in China sales

Reuters

Apple (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) is set to exponentially grow its China business as the country's number one and number three telecom operators’ fight to finalize deals to sell iPhones in the world's largest mobile phone market, with more than 900 million subscribers.

China Unicom (Beijing, China) is the sole operator offering Apple's smartphones, but it is only a matter of time before the number one operator, China Mobile (Beijing, China), and number three, China Telecom (Beijing, China), follow suit, analysts said.

Five Italian telecom operators request spot in mobile frequency auction

Reuters

Five Italian telecom operators have submitted requests to participate in an auction of new fourth-generation mobile frequencies, Italy's industry ministry said on Wednesday.

All major Italian mobile phone operators, former monopoly Telecom Italia , Vodafone , Wind, 3 Italia, and the Linkem group showed interest, the ministry said.

Italy's government is banking on the auction to raise about $3.5 billion for its budget and forecasted that it could raise as much as $4.5 billion if all frequencies are sold.

Report: Malaysia one of most advanced telecom networks in developing world

On Wednesday research firm Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland) announced a new report that provides an overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in Malaysia.

Telefonica, Etisalat sign partnership, enter M2M, Cloud industry

Last Thursday telecom operators Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) announced that they have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to enter into a broad-based cooperation. The partnership will allow both companies to collaborate on a range of strategic areas, including the M2M and Cloud-based industries, according to Telefonica.

Report: Telemedicine deployments need boost

Telemedicine is technologically ready to meet the growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas around the world, say experts from IEEE (New York), a non-profit professional technical association. However, widespread use of telemedicine will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians according to the association.

Polish Energa to invest $2.2 billion in smart grids

Reuters

Poland's state-owned utility Energa (Gdansk, Poland) plans to spend $2.16 billion by 2015 to extend its power distribution network and introduce smart grid technology, the company said in a statement on Monday.

The utility plans to build 8,200 kilometers of new grid and modernize an additional 4,200 kilometers.

inthinc introduces verbal in-cab driver mentoring for federal fleet managers

inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.), a telematics company centered on fleet management, on Tuesday introduced technology that provides in-cab verbal mentoring that tells drivers if they are speeding, aren't wearing their seatbelt, or driving aggressively. The company showcased the technology to government agencies at FedFleet 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

Cinterion and DCT announce deployment of M2M fleet tracking device

Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a supplier of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules, and Digital Communications Technologies (DCT) (Miami, Fla., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of wireless communications hardware, on Thursday announced early deployments of a new intelligent tracking, tracing, and reporting device designed for the fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery.

U.S. Navy uses Digi wireless tracking system

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, last week announced that Inteligistics (Pittsburgh, Penn. U.S.A.), a logistics provider, will use its Device Cloud, wireless gateways and ZigBee modules to wirelessly enable its asset tracking system. The system will be used by the U.S. Navy to track the contents of tens of thousands of shipping containers across the world as well as by the global logistics industry, according to Digi. The system provides security and real-time access to location, inventory, environmental data and other critical information.

New ZigBee Smart Energy Version 1.1 Now Available

The ZigBee Alliance (San Ramon, Calif., U.S.A.), a group of organizations providing wireless communication for energy management applications, last week announced that an update to ZigBee Smart Energy version 1, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is now available for product development and public download.

According to the Alliance, the ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard that will help create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to reduce their energy consumption.

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