Huawei signs managed services agreement with Telefonica UK

Huawei, a provider of telecommunications equipment, on Monday announced it has signed a five year managed services agreement with Telefónica UK.  Under the agreement Huawei will manage planning and implementation of the Telefónica UK mobile core network. 


The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Vodafone, O2 team with Virgin Atlantic for in-flight cell service

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Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights can now call home from the air. The airline announced on Tuesday it is providing travelers with a new cellphone service to make and receive phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air.

Illiad signs 2.6 million customers since mid-January launch

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France's new mobile phone operator Iliad has signed up 2.6 million customers to take 3.7% of the market since launching its ultra low-cost offers in mid-January, a pace unprecedented among new mobile entrants in Europe.


The buzz around Iliad's 'Free Mobile' offers also allowed the group to recruit 191,000 new customers to its core broadband Internet service business, its highest level ever and 50% of all the new additions in the sector in the first quarter.

China Mobile in talks with Apple for iPhone

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China Mobile, the world's biggest telecom carrier by subscribers, said on Wednesday it is negotiating with Apple Inc to carry the popular iPhone in China.


China Mobile (Beijing, P.R.C.) is the only Chinese operator that does not officially carry the iPhone because its homegrown 3G technology is not supported by the chips used in current iPhone models.

Verizon sees revenue increase from shared plans

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Verizon Wireless should see an increase in date revenue after it offers new shared data plans this summer, according to a top executive for parent company Verizon Communications Inc.


Verizon's (New York) intends to allow customers to share their data allowance among different devices, unlike their current offerings, where they have to sign up for a separate data plan for every device connected to the wireless operator's network.

Report: performance outweighs cost savings, privacy for Wi-Fi offloading

According to a new survey of more than 500 mobile consumers, conducted by uSamp, a market research firm, and commissioned by wireless and mobility solutions provider Smith Micro Software, Inc., 95% of smartphone users would leverage Wi-Fi if it enabled better mobile data performance; 88% would prefer to access Wi-Fi networks if it reduced their monthly phone bill.

Rogers, Axeda announce M2M alliance

Rogers Communications and Axeda Corporation on Tuesday announced an alliance that will accelerate the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions in Canada.  As of Thursday, businesses and developers across Canada will have access Axeda’s M2M Platform to build and roll-out enterprise M2M applications for connected products in Canada.

Taoglas debuts peel and stick NFC antenna and tag for M2M devices

Taoglas USA, Inc, a provider of antennas for the M2M market, last week announced a new Near Field Communications (NFC) antenna and tag service for M2M devices. The FXT.01 NFC tag antenna and FXR.01 NFC reader antenna operate at 13.56MHz and provide a well-matched solution (50ohms) for NFC readers, says the company. 

Report: Home energy management market to surpass $2 billion by 2020

Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. According to Pike Research, that is starting to change, and over the remainder of the decade momentum will build in this nascent market.

U.S. Government awards grant for EV charging smart grid infrastructure

Delta Products Corporation, a Delta Group company, has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for the development and demonstration of a residential electric vehicle charging system with smart grid communication capabilities. The smart-charging system will allow utilities to reduce infrastructure costs and manage load during peak hours.

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