Verizon Wireless unveils shared data plans; rivals may follow

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Verizon Wireless is revamping its prices with new service plans that include unlimited calls and texts and the ability for customers to share their data allowance among multiple devices as it looks to shake up the U.S. wireless industry.


The biggest U.S. mobile operator is hoping to entice customers to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will be able avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

M&A could help telcos close European network gap

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Europe's top technology regulator Neelie Kroes supports consolidation as one way to create a handful of strong cross-border telecom leaders, which can invest more in mobile and broadband networks to close the gap with the United States and Asia.

Report: small cells and WiFi to handle 60% of mobile traffic over next 5 years

A new report from Juniper Research has found that while the level of data delivered to mobile devices is expected to continue to expand dramatically over the next five years, service providers will offload nearly 60% of traffic in that period. According to the report, service providers are increasingly seeking to reduce the strain on their network caused by the proliferation of connected smart devices by deploying their own WiFi hotspot networks and offering small cell solutions to end-users.

Vodafone, Telefonica form joint venture for shared 4G UK grid

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Vodafone and O2 will share a network in Britain to cut the cost of building a new superfast service, leading the way in a likely shake-up of a sector that is battling falling revenues and high investment costs.


Europe's telecom sector is chasing ways to meet the rising cost of keeping pace with technological advances and customer demands, with tie-ups and co-operation deals the order of the day; the arrival of emerging markets billionaire Carlos Slim on the European telecom scene is also ramping up the pressure for consolidation.

Telefonica sells part of China Unicom stake

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Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has signed an agreement with China Unicom to sell almost half its stake in the company back to China's second largest telecom operator, Telefonica said in a stock market notice on Sunday.


The sale will allow heavily indebted Telefonica (Madrid) to "increase its financial flexibility", the statement said. The Spanish firm will remain a key shareholder in China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.) by holding onto a 5.01% stake in the company.

Report: LTE equipment to hit $17.5 billion in 2016

The global 2G, 3G, and 4G equipment market decreased 14% to just under $10 billion in the first quarter of 2012 following an 8% increase the previous quarter, reports market research firm Infonetics Research in its new report.

M2M Fuels the Subscription-Economy Revolution

Some of the largest vendors and OEMs on the planet were in agreement at the Axeda Conference in Boston this week – embedded devices will allow manufacturers to monitor their goods after sale, and in doing so, present a wide range of revenue opportunities that are just starting to become reality. New, M2M-driven revenue sources will resemble subscription sales more than the traditional movement of hard goods, and handling “Big Data” will be the key to making that happen.

Axeda Connexion: M2M by the numbers

Jack Sweeney, CEO of Axeda, kicked off the Axeda Connexion conference on Tuesday by discussing the growth potential of the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry in terms of numbers.


According to Sweeney, there will be 3.5 billion M2M connections by 2014, before reaching 50 billion connections in 2020. “This means that you would have to connect 166 new machines every second of every day for the next eight years,” says Sweeney.

KORE teams with Huawei, Novotech on M2M Quickstart Program

KORE Telematics, a wireless service provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, on Thursday announced the availability of its Quickstart Program for Huawei's Evaluation Kits. Designed specifically for the developer community, the KORE Quickstart Program enables companies to more quickly and easily bring new M2M solutions to market on the KORE network.

Echelon grid analytics meter software helps utilities avoid service outages

Echelon Corporation, a provider of energy control networking for smart grid, smart city and smart building applications, on Wednesday announced the availability of new Control Operating System (COS) software for its smart meter portfolio that allows smart meters to be upgraded in the field to function as multi-parameter grid sensors, in addition to serving as billing devices.

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