U.S. probes China telecoms for ties to communist government

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U.S. lawmakers are pressing two top Chinese technology companies to disclose their inner workings in a probe into security threats to U.S. telecommunications. Closely held Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp were asked Tuesday by letter to document, among other things, their interactions with the Chinese Communist Party and advice given to them by five consultancies, including International Business Machines Corp, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). ZTE also was asked about its business in Iran.

Everything Everywhere could float stake: France Telecom

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France Telecom would consider floating a stake in its market-leading British mobile joint venture Everything Everywhere as the tie-up finally starts to realize its potential, Finance Officer Gervais Pellissier said on Wednesday.

Mobile entertainment revenues to hit $65 billion by 2016

A new report from Juniper Research has found that strong growth amongst games and infotainment applications, in part fostered by a burgeoning consumer tablet market, will push mobile entertainment revenues to more than $65 billion annually by 2016, up from $36 billion last year.

Brazil assigns 4G cell spectrum for 2014 World Cup

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Brazil assigned frequencies on Tuesday for next-generation wireless broadband coverage required for the 2014 World Cup, racing ahead with forth generation (4G) cell service in host cities even as coverage for older technologies lags in the rest of the country.

Sprint chooses Ciena for network upgrade

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced that Sprint is upgrading its optical backbone network with Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The updated network, powered exclusively by Ciena, will enable Sprint to enhance transport network scalability and performance.

Gemalto selected by U.S. Cellular for LTE deployment

On Wednesday, Gemalto, a digital security company, announced it has been selected by U.S. Cellular, a mobile operator serving six million customers in 26 states, for its fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) service launch.

Global smart meter shipments grow 30% in 1Q12

According to a new report by IDC Energy Insights, a research-based advisory and consulting firm, the global smart meter industry shipped nearly 7.0 million meters in the first quarter of 2012. Shipments were up 28.8% year over year with shipments projected to grow 111.3% on an annual basis from 2011 to the end of 2012.

Renault, Nissan fund 1,000 public EV chargers in France

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Automaker Renault, frustrated by the speed at which electric car chargers are being installed across France, is to fund some of the missing infrastructure itself. A century after French tiremaker Michelin issued road signs to help early motorists find their way, Renault and Japanese affiliate Nissan are preparing to hand out charging stations for installation in public spaces.

Clean energy in M2M: By the numbers

On Monday at Connected World, Wyless, a M2M managed services provider, detailed some of its customers who are currently delivering "green" machine-to-machine (M2M) services. From solar-powered, wireless parking meters that allow credit card payments to a web-based irrigation control system, the services from IPS Group, GreenRoad and Weathermatic are positively impacting our society, which is demonstrated below in terms of numbers.


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Honeywell forms Smart Grid Solutions Business

On Monday, Honeywell announced the formation of Smart Grid Solutions, a global enterprise that centralizes the company's existing smart grid resources to respond to the growing needs of both energy providers and users.

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