TNS and Telstra form wireless payments partnership

Australian telecoms operator Telstra has formed a partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS), a data communications company, aimed at providing services to Australian organizations that operate wireless payment devices.

Under the agreement, TNS is to use Telstra’s M2M Wireless Control Center to improve its managed wireless service. The partnership should allow TNS to expand its network reach in Australia as well as streamline its operations through the use of a single web-based interface for SIM card ordering, provisioning, activation and management.

Tracker invests in M2M technology

UK vehicle-monitoring company Tracker has announced a new partnership with Wireless Logic, an M2M managed services specialist.

The partnership will give Tracker a number of mobile connectivity services, providing specialist M2M SIMs from multiple networks.

Tracker’s SVR and fleet telematic solutions will be further enhanced using Wireless Logic’s ‘SIMpro3’ platform-as-a-service (PaaS), giving Tracker complete real-time visibility across its growing SIM estate.

AT&T to allow FaceTime on cellular

AT&T has announced that iPhone customers will be able to use Apple’s popular FaceTime app if they sign up to one of the operator’s data-sharing plans, according to a story published by Dow Jones Newswires.

iPhone users have already been able to use FaceTime over WiFi connections but software developers had blocked cellular access to FaceTime on a prerelease version of the iOS 6 operating system, due to be released in the autumn.

Verizon Wireless clears hurdles in cable spectrum deal

Reuters

U.S. regulators cleared the way for Verizon Wireless to proceed with its $3.9 billion purchase of airwaves from big cable providers but placed constraints on the companies' marketing agreements.

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday it would approve the spectrum sale, and the head of the Federal Communications Commission said the commission should also give the deal the go-ahead.

The spectrum purchase will give Verizon Wireless additional capacity to help it cope with rising demand for video on mobile devices and data services such as Web surfing.

PayPal could heat up mobile payments race if McDonald's test pays off

Reuters

PayPal is in the early stages of what may be a blockbuster mobile payments deal with McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest hamburger chain.

McDonald's is testing a mobile payments service featuring PayPal at 30 of its restaurants in France.

Earlier this year, McDonald's ran demonstrations of a broader PayPal mobile payments service at its franchisee conference in Orlando, Florida.

A McDonald's spokeswoman confirmed the France tests and said the PayPal demonstration at its conference was part of a booth that features "technology coming within the next 24 months or so."

RIM plans new contact management features on BB10 devices

Reuters

Research In Motion plans to provide BlackBerry users with an easy way to tap their contacts' public profiles -- including blog posts, tweets, emails and other details -- in its latest push to regain ground in the smartphone market.

The new contact management feature, which pulls in contact details from social media and other Internet sites into a single Blackberry page, will be available on RIM's next generation of smartphones that are set to launch early next year, the company said on Thursday.

Brocade CEO to resign, profit beats estimates

Reuters

Network storage equipment maker Brocade Communication Systems Inc's third-quarter results beat Wall Street estimates, boosted by a 13 percent rise in storage equipment sales, and the company said its chief executive intends to resign.

Shares of the company rose 11 percent after the market-topping results but lost all of their gains on news of the CEO's resignation.

A faltering recovery in the United States and weakness in Europe has hit network equipment makers as telecom service providers, their biggest customers, cut spending and delay purchases of new equipment.

Rogers and BCE win regulatory approval for MLSE takeover

Canada’s communications regulator has approved the C$1.32 billion ($1.34 billion) acquisition of a majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) by Rogers and BCE.

The deal gives two of the country’s biggest telecoms operators 75% of MLSE, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, the renowned ice hockey team, and the Toronto Raptors, of basketball fame.

Rakon to quadruple sales to Huawei in next five years

New Zealand technology company Rakon has signed a deal with Huawei that targets a quadrupling of its sales to the Chinese manufacturer over the next five years.

The realization of that goal would bring Rakon’s sales to Huawei to $56 million by 2017.

Huawei has been working with Rakon for a number of years and plans to use the company’s frequency control products in its handsets, smart devices and infrastructure programs.

HTC invests $34.4 million in US-based enterprise platform firm

Reuters

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said it will buy a 17.1 percent stake in a U.S. next-generation enterprise platform company for $35.4 million in order to enhance service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers.

"The investment will bring social, mobile, and cloud capabilities to HTC's portfolio of service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers," HTC said in a statement on Monday.

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