ChinaTel signs contract for ZTE to supply equipment and services for wireless broadband network in Fujian Province

ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, and China Tel Group, Inc., a US-based operator of wireless broadband and telecommunications networks, today jointly announced they have signed a contract for ZTE to supply ChinaTel with infrastructure equipment for the nine city wireless broadband network ChinaTel is deploying in the Fujian province.

Orange Business Services partners with JouleX to offer global IT energy audit

Exclusive audit to help enterprises identify energy and carbon saving opportunities

Thanks to its partnership with JouleX, a U.S.-based enterprise energy management company, Orange Business Services launches new IT Energy Audit assessment services, an exclusive offer of its Innovation and Sustainability practice.

Altobridge receives funding from Intel Capital, IFC

Altobridge to increase pace of roll-out of low-cost remote communications solution

Altobridge Limited, an Irish company that makes low-cost wireless network technology, announced this week that Intel Capital and IFC will together invest $12 million in the company. 

Ceragon Networks restructures to integrate Nera; align operations with market requirements

PR Newswire

Wireless backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks Ltd. today announced detailed plans to optimize its organizational structure following the acquisition of Norway's Nera Networks in January 2011. The new organizational structure consists of three solution groups: Short Haul Solutions, Long Haul Solutions and Projects & Services. These groups will be supported by a global sales organization. Dedicated resources within each group will provide Ceragon with the ability to respond quickly with the best solution and stay close to its customers.

Juniper: Mobiles to become tickets; 1 in 8 mobile users expected to use mobile ticketing by 2015

Mobile bar coded boarding passes and cinemas to lead the way

Juniper Research

One in every eight mobile users worldwide will either have a ticket delivered to their mobile phone or buy a ticket with their phone by 2015 -- over 750 million users -- according to the latest analysis from Juniper Research. This compares with approximately 1 in 20 now (230 million). Ticket delivery will be by SMS, bar codes, mobile web, smartphone apps or near field communication (NFC).

O2 signs smart meter deal with G4S Utility Services

Broadband provider O2 enters smart metering market with multi-million pound agreement

Telefónica O2 UK last week announced that they signed a multi-million pound contract with international security solutions group and major UK smart meter operations service provider G4S Utility Services (G4S) to simplify the remote management and monitoring of the O2 UK’s national smart meter network.

GE to build $40M smart grid center in Ontario

GE and the Government of Ontario last week announced a new $40 million Grid IQ Innovation Center, the first smart grid center of its kind for GE in Canada, to be located in Markham, Ontario. The 200,000 square foot center will develop and manufacture grid modernization technologies and encompass a global testing and simulation laboratory. The building is expected to open in July 2012.

Apple willing to develop LTE iPhone for China Mobile

Reuters

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, said on Friday that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on the Chinese carrier's network standard.

CeBIT 2011: Deutsche Telekom outlines fiber-to-the-home and LTE plans

10 German cities will be connected this year

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) discussed rollout plans for both its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and wireless LTE network expansions in a press conference today at CeBIT. As many as 160,000 households in 10 German cities will connect via FTTH this year.

The company claims download speeds in excess of 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 500 Mbps will be available.

Certain districts within Braunschweig, Brühl, Hanover, Hennigsdorf, Neu-Isenburg, Kornwestheim, Mettmann, Offenburg, Potsdam, and Rastatt will get FTTH in 2011.

Nokia and Microsoft announce broad strategic partnership

Will take on Apple and Google

Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will join with Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to challenge Apple and Google's grip on the smartphone market in a bold move by the Finnish manufacturer.

Nokia will use Windows Phone as its software platform for all forthcoming smartphones as part of a sweeping overhaul announced by CEO Stephen Elop.

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