Telematics in South America set to take off

South American vehicle sales are forecasted to reach 4.5 million units by 2014, with Brazil accounting for 60% of the total, according to Brazil’s car makers.


"In a macroeconomic sense, Brazil has greater stability, more per capita income, more jobs and more credit than before," says the National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers; Brazil (ANFAVE).

Report: 90 million homes to employ home automation systems by 2017

New subscription-based home automation offerings are rapidly transforming the way consumers will monitor, secure, and control their homes, according to a new report by ABI Research.  Over the next five years the global managed home automation market will grow installments at a CAGR of 60% between 2012 and 2017, connecting 90 million homes with home automation technology.

Nine Japanese companies launch Japan-U.S. smart grid demonstration project

Last week, nine Japanese companies launched a demonstration study for the Albuquerque Business District Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which is to be carried out as part of its Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The demonstration study will continue for two years.

Sprint signs M2M agreements with Metrum, Tollgrade

On Monday, Sprint announced M2M agreements with Metrum Technologies, LLC, a developer of cellular-based communication for AMI and smart grid applications, and Tollgrade Communications Inc., a provider of network assurance services for the utility and telecom industries. 

Vodafone makes $6.3 billion writedown on European weakness

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Mobile operator Vodafone made a writedown of $6.3 billion and cut its medium-term sales target as the debt crisis squeezed customers in southern Europe, forcing them to save money on phone calls.

ZTE confirms security hole in U.S. phone

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ZTE Corp, the world's fourth largest handset vendor and one of two Chinese companies under U.S. scrutiny over security concerns, said one of its mobile phone models sold in the United States contains a vulnerability that researchers say could allow others to control the device.

China Telecom launches MVNO service in Europe

China Telecom Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom in the EMEA region, has announced that it will launch the first Chinese MVNO service outside of China, which will run on the Everything Everywhere network. CTExcelbiz MVNO is due to launch on Tuesday. 

Major U.S. cable companies join forces on WiFi

On Monday, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable announced that they will allow each other's high-speed Internet customers to access their metro WiFi networks, totaling over 50,000 hotspots.                            

Ku-band satellite delivers broadband to sub-Saharan Africa

Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite provider, on Monday announced its new 'IP Easy' broadband platform built to extend high-speed Internet access to residential and home office users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa.

High quality video: the key to Unified Communications

The Unified Communications (UC) market is on the cusp of a significant transformation, largely fueled by the advent of new technologies and capabilities such as video, making previously complex features and services within the realm of possibility today. In fact, most industry analysts expect the UC market to grow at an aggressive rate over the next several years. One industry estimate has the UC market at $22 billion by 2016, up from approximately $8 to $10 billion today.

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