VeriFone and MICROS first to bring NFC services to the table

VeriFone Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA), and MICROS Systems, Inc. (Columbia, MD), today announced a solution that integrates restaurant management systems with smart mobile devices, allowing consumers to pay at the table with electronic wallets on mobile phones utilizing Near Field Communications (NFC).

Nexius launches new green energy service to reduce utility bills

More than 80% of a wireless operator’s energy operational expenses are directly related to electricity consumption, so containing operational expenditures (OPEX) is a top concern for many mobile executives. Wireless operators need innovative green solutions, which can deliver bottom-line savings, without the impact of a major infrastructure overhaul.

U.S. and Japan companies collaborate on smart grid project in Hawaii

Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. (NY, USA), JFE Engineering Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), Sharp Corporation (Osaka, Japan), Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd. (Palo Alto, CA), and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) Tuesday announced that U.S. and Japan companies have been selected as contractors for joint "Project" collaboration supporting a world-leading Smart Grid project on Maui, a Hawaiian island that will serve as the Project site. The Project will be spearheaded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization ("NEDO").

European telecom Tele2 scales with ActiveVOS BPMS

Active Endpoints, Inc. (Waltham, MA), the process automation company, announced Tuesday that one of Europe’s telecommunications operators, Tele2, has gone live with a ActiveVOS process application that integrates its core billing and provisioning applications.

Comcast introduces Metro Ethernet services

Comcast Corporation (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), one of the nation's providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, Monday announced Metro Ethernet services as part of an ongoing strategy to expand its portfolio of business services to meet the requirements of larger customers. Targeted at mid-sized businesses with 20 - 500 employees, Comcast’s Metro Ethernet services provide access to the Company’s next-generation fiber optic network that provides businesses with high-bandwidth needs and often multiple locations.

Telenor Connexion clarifies M2M platform deal with Ericsson

This past April, the M2M service platform of Telenor Connexion (Fornebu, Norway) was acquired by network equipment provider Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), a long-time supplier to the telecom industry. In an exclusive interview, Telecom Connexion clarified the nature of the deal and its plans for moving forward in the M2M sector.

Major telecom carriers report first quarter results

Major network operators in the telecom industry have reported quarterly earnings during the months of April and May. Telecom earnings varied in the first quarter of 2011, but the majority had a slight increase in revenue compared to the same quarter in 2010. Of the carriers mentioned in this summary, Verizon Communications saw an increase in its earnings in a large part due to its adoption of the iPhone.

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Deutsche Telekom and iPass launch global WiFi services exchange

Deutsche Telekom and iPass Inc. last week announced their partnership to create WiFi Mobilize, a new network services exchange for in-country and international roaming services. The exchange is designed to help carriers meet the accelerating demand from their customers for data services on smartphone and tablet devices, and to optimize their network investments. The partnership will provide a solution for new data offload, international roaming, and inter-standard traffic management services for GSM, CDMA and WiFi operators.

Oracle release enables dual IPv4-IPv6 provisioning, Ethernet support

Oracle today announced the general availability of Oracle Communications IP Service Activator Release 7.0, a key component in Oracle's Converged Fulfillment for Business Services solution. Deployed by many of the world's leading communications service providers (CSPs), Oracle's Converged Fulfillment for Business Services solution enables CSPs to create, launch and fulfill highly-differentiated, converged business services including connectivity, data, voice, video and Cloud services.
  

Actelis BBA enables carriers to meet new FCC broadband goal

Actelis Networks, a global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions that is accelerating everything for service providers, today announced at TIA 2011: Inside the Network that Broadband Accelerators (BBAs) already are helping US service providers deliver high-speed Internet services to residential subscribers who’ve traditionally had little to no access to high-speed Internet services. BBAs allow incumbent carriers to deliver broadband services with greater coverage area to residential subscribers who typically have been underserved or unserved.

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