Broadband passes 600 million subscribers worldwide

According to the latest figures published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by broadband industry analysts Point Topic, the global total of broadband subscribers soared to over 600 million in the first quarter of 2012, indicating a further acceleration in growth as over 100 million new lines were added (20% of the total) in less than 18 months.

France Telecom wants to keep stake in UK venture

Reuters

The French and German owners of Britain's largest mobile operator, Everything Everywhere, are not interested in selling and have enough cash to invest in the business, France Telecom's chief executive said on Thursday.


Investment banking sources had told Reuters last week that former chief executive Tom Alexander approached private equity groups six months ago to gauge interest in a $12.6 billion offer for the France Telecom (Paris) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) joint venture.

Report: M2M ARPU to decline from $4 per month per connection to $1.9 by 2021

A new report from Analysys Mason predicts that machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections worldwide will grow by a factor of 20 in the next ten years, from 100.4 million to 2.1 billion. Revenue associated with M2M connectivity will also increase dramatically over the same period, from $5.7 billion in 2011 to $50.9 billion in 2021.

Deploying satellite technology with SCADA and M2M services

To effectively protect, manage, and leverage infrastructure investments, companies are using M2M and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology to keep complex systems running at peak efficiency. While cellular-based transmission may work in high population areas, it can be unpredictable due to congestion and urban canyons. It may even be non-existent in remote locations.  According to the International Telecommunication Union, 90% of the world is covered by a mobile cellular network, but what happens when you are working in that other 10%?

IBM makes smart grid deals in Brazil, South Korea

Reuters

IBM moved forward with smart grid projects on international fronts in separate deals with the largest privately held energy provider in Brazil and South Korea's largest utility.

GE uses M2M technology to inspect wind turbines

GE Global Research announced last week that it is useing machine-to-machine (M2M ) technology to inspection wind turbines faster and in a more reliable way.

Sierra Wireless acquires Sagemcom M2M for $56 million

On Monday, Sierra Wireless announced it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of Sagemcom’s machine-to-machine (M2M) business. Sierra Wireless has submitted a binding offer to acquire substantially all of the assets of the business for $56.6 million in cash.

NSN, Everything Everywhere partner to create cloud-connected vending machines

Last week, Everything Everywhere, the UK’s biggest communications company, and Nokia Siemens Networks, a telecom equipment vendor, announced a partnership for the remote stock monitoring of smart vending machines.

Orange helps track sports enthusiasts internationally in real-time

Location-based services company flaik is expanding its GPS-based locator system to international markets using the machine-to-machine (M2M) platform from Orange Business Services. 

Sonus Networks acquires NET for $42 million

Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of SIP communications equipment, and Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., a provider of networking services for communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and cloud-based deployments, on Tuesday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Sonus to acquire NET for $42 million.

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