Microsoft will acquire Internet communications company Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, the companies announced Tuesday. Microsoft will buy Skype from the investor group led by Silver Lake under a definitive agreement that has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.
Accedian Networks, provider of High Performance Service Assurance solutions for Carrier Ethernet and IP networks, Monday announced a partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks. Both companies will team up to offer service providers a solution to assure high performance of IP/Ethernet networks.
Nokia Siemens Networks has integrated Accedian Networks' MetroNIDdemarcation device, and its MetroNODE 10GE Ethernet Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM) aggregation platform with their solutions such as Mobile Backhaul, Carrier Ethernet Transport and Multiservice IP Backbone.
Top executives of AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile insisted on Wednesday their proposed merger would benefit consumers and rejected criticisms that it would stifle innovation.
AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson and T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm appeared before the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee to defend their deal, which would concentrate 80 percent of U.S. wireless contract customers in just two companies -- AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
Spirent Communications and Anue Systems Tuesday introduced a mobile backhaul testing solution designed to validate timing and synchronization as well as carrier Ethernet protocols including SyncE, IEEE 1588 / PTPv2, and EthOAM. The new Spirent Anue 3500 provides carriers and network equipment manufacturers with a comprehensive test impairment and analysis platform for mobile backhaul.
HP Monday announced the HP FlexNetwork architecture, the industry’s only unified architecture for the data center, campus and branch, which enables enterprises to fully harness the power of media-rich content, virtualization, mobility and cloud computing.
Subscriber billing models, better known as pricing plans, are hot topics around the world today. And why wouldn't they be? Subscribers want to save money, operators want to make money and everyone wants to go home happy. However, there is a chasm between subscriber expectations and an operator's ability to profitably meet those expectations, and that's the driver behind the evolution of billing plans.
Recent history of subscriber billing
Oracle today announced that its Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution is the first to complete the new TM Forum Frameworx Solution Certification process.
TM Forum is an industry association focused on enabling best-in-class IT for service providers in the communications, media and cloud service markets.
The TM Forum Solution Certification awarded to Oracle’s Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution demonstrates full conformance to the leading industry standards of Frameworx 10 from the TM Forum, down to Level 3 processes.
As the selection of wireless products, networks and services grows, so does the challenge of assembling a solution that meets each enterprise's unique, frequently challenging in-building requirements. To help CIOs, IT managers and other decision-makers make smart choices, Integer Wireless Tuesday founded the Integer Wireless Experience Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility providing a rare, hands-on opportunity to test a wide variety of enterprise-grade wireless solutions from more than 100 vendors, application developers and service providers.
Several prominent vendors in the M2M industry have reported quarterly earnings during April and May. M2M earnings were mostly up for the first quarter of 2011 for vendors mentioned in this roundup, although Sierra Wireless reported a loss which the company's President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, called a "short-term situation" in a press release.
Sprint today announced that it is teaming with Trimble, a provider of location-based technology solutions, to provide U.S. government agencies a broad range of fleet management capabilities and solutions as part of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
The BPA will be administered by GSA Fleet, which provides fleet management services to more than 75 participating federal agencies. With more than 217,000 vehicles, GSA Fleet manages one of the largest non-tactical federal fleets in the U.S. government.