AT&T says rural lines sale may be too difficult

Reuters

On Friday, AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said that a sale of rural phone lines may be too difficult to pull off because of regulatory hurdles. Stephenson had said in January that the company would review the future of its roughly 20 million rural telephone lines, including the possibility for a sale. But selling the phone lines could be difficult because of their diverse geographic locations, the executive said on Friday in a webcast of a Sanford C.

Verizon to Acquire Hughes Telematics

On Friday, Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it is acquiring Hughes Telematics, Inc (HTI) for $612 million, or $12.00 per share in cash.


According to Verizon (New York), the transaction will expand its capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics marketplace and accelerate growth in vertical segments. 

Mobile operator M2M subscriber data for 1Q12

New market data from Berg Insight shows a sustained strong momentum for wireless M2M communication in the beginning of 2012. According to figures disclosed by global mobile operators, the number of machines using cellular communication continues to grow at a high rate in key world regions. As the installed base grows, year-on-year growth rates are stabilizing at around 15-30%.

Ford, State Farm team up to offer auto insurance using in-car telematics

On Wednesday, Ford and State Farm insurance announced a collaboration to offer auto insurance using Ford SYNC In-Car technology.


According to Ford, this technology could save drivers up to 40% per year through the State Farm Drive Safe & Save insurance discount program depending on their annual mileage. The discount is based on the vehicle odometer reading that is reported when the driver uses Vehicle Health Report, a standard feature of SYNC.

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Marketplace

On Wednesday, Deutsche Telekom launched its M2M Marketplace, which is a platform for manufacturers and dealers to offer their hardware, software, apps and full-package services relating to M2M communication.


According to Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) in the future it will also offer the requisite SIM cards and SIM chips via the M2M Marketplace.

Report: M2M software platform market to grow to $3.85 billion by 2017

According to ABI Research, the cellular M2M market will rise from about 110 million cumulative connections globally in 2011 to roughly 453 million cumulative connections by 2017. Nevertheless, a key challenge for the industry remains the complexity of developing, deploying, and managing M2M applications over the cellular network.

Cinterion powers M2M time clock for payroll and timecard reporting

Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology, last week announced it is powering communications for an M2M time clock, JobClock Hornet by ExakTime. The new clock uses an advanced Cinterion module to automatically capture and send precise electronic time records over wireless networks, simplifying payroll processing and jobsite management. The mobile time clock is designed for businesses with hourly employees such as construction companies, restaurants and hospitals, says the company.

Report: renewable energy integration becoming high priority for smart grids

Smart grid technologies are often portrayed as being vital in efforts to increase renewable energy production, yet this aspect of the smart grid is the least developed. According to a new report from Pike Research, this situation will change over the next several years, creating a significant expansion of the market opportunity for smart grid technologies that enable the integration of renewable energy.

Telefonica, Jasper Wireless partner to power M2M devices in the UK

Telefonica UK, which operates the O2 brand, on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Jasper Wireless to deploy a new platform for the management of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. The cloud-based management platform will enable Telefonica UK customers to roll out connected devices quickly, manage them in real time and deliver global support. The platform is already operational and is currently being rolled in a number of projects.

Huawei, ZTE deny receiving illegal subsidy

Reuters

China's top telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE denied receiving illegal government subsidies that helped them undercut rivals in recent years, after media reported the European Union planned to take action over unfair trade practices. Action by the EU could spark a trade war, analysts warned.

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