Sprint gets $1 billion credit for Ericsson equipment

Reuters

Sprint Nextel Corp has arranged a $1 billion credit facility to buy network equipment from Ericsson for a high-speed wireless project that will involve the shuttering of its Nextel network next year.

Tight spending in China, Europe squeezes broadband aggregation market in 1Q12

Global spending on DSL, PON, and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment declined 22% between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, to $1.8 billion, reports market research firm Infonetics Research.

Bharti to buy 49% in Qualcomm India broadband venture

Reuters

Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile phone carrier, said on Thursday it agreed to buy a 49% stake in Qualcomm Inc's fourth-generation (4G) broadband venture in the country for $165 million.

Oracle dealt big blow in Google patent infringement case

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Google Inc's Android mobile platform has not infringed Oracle Corp's patents, a California jury decided, putting an indefinite hold on Oracle's quest for damages in a fight between the two Silicon Valley giants over smartphone technology.


In a case that examined whether computer language that connects programs and operating systems can be copyrighted, Oracle (Redwood, Calif., USA) claimed Google's (Mountain View, Calif., USA) Android tramples on its intellectual property rights to the Java programming language.

Comcast launches free phone calls over WiFi

On Tuesday, Comcast, a U.S. cable operator, announced a free Xfinity Voice feature that brings mobile voice technologies to the home phone. The new feature, called Voice 2go, allows customers to make phone calls and send text messages for free, when made within a WiFi network, such as in a customer's home or on a public WiFi hotspot.  This new service could potentially cut into wireless mobile operators’ revenue.

Ceragon to supply Navajo Tribe with microwave backhaul for $4 million

Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, on Tuesday announced that it has received orders of approximately $4 million to supply microwave backhaul solutions and turnkey services including installation, project management and commissioning to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). The NTUA selected Ceragon's FibeAir IP-10G to power the Navajo Nation's wireless backhaul network. The systems are part of an over 530 mile network which is made up of microwave towers and fiber optics.

M-Commerce: The gateway to mobile payments

When is a mobile payment a “mobile payment”?


When it’s m-commerce. That’s one of the top-level findings of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index (MPRI). The Index rank orders 34 global economies in terms of their readiness to execute on mobile payments across all three configurations—mobile at point of sale (POS), person-to-person payments (P2P), and e-commerce conducted from a mobile device (m-commerce).

Consumers, not Telehealth patients, to drive wireless medical device adoption

IMS Research, a market research firm recently acquired by IHS Inc., projects that medical devices utilized by the consumer to self-monitor their health, rather than those used in managed telehealth systems, will provide the largest opportunity for wireless technologies over the next five years. IMS Research forecasts that more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices will ship for consumer monitoring applications during the next five years, with a smaller number being used in managed telehealth systems.

U.S. Hybrid and electric car sales soar during 1Q12

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The first quarter of the year produced stellar sales numbers for hybrids in general, as well as plug-in electric cars. More than 100,000 hybrids and plug-in cars — 113,457 — were sold in January, February, and March combined, against roughly 79,000 in the same period of 2011.

Numerex provides remote monitoring for heart pump technology

Last week, Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced the development of a complete Device-Network-Application (DNA) service for remote cellular monitoring of HeartAssist5 System, a heart pump monitoring technology.

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