U.S. smart grid to cost billions, save trillions

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A planned modernization of the U.S. national power grid will cost up to $476 billion over the next 20 years but will provide up to $2 trillion in customer benefits over that time, according to industry experts.

The so-called "smart grid" will save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability by delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way communication that can control appliances, the charging of electric vehicles and the flow of power from renewable sources at customers' homes.

ZTE to launch LTE devices, expand U.S. footprint

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ZTE Corp, China's No.2 network equipment maker, plans to launch LTE (long term evolution) devices in the United States along with smartphones based on Microsoft's Mango operating system to expand its U.S. footprint.

The Shenzhen-based company plans to roll out LTE devices in the United States in the second half of this year and aims to launch its Mango smartphones early next year, ZTE's U.S. CEO Cheng Lixin told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday during a company event.

Google to unveil mobile payments

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Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch.

The Internet search and advertising leader will work with MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest credit and debit card processing network, to launch the system, the source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Google has teamed with MasterCard and Citigroup Inc to develop the system, the Wall Street Journal reported in March.

LG U+ implements Oracle Communications applications to manage 3G and 4G LTE networks

LG U+, a communications service provider in South Korea, has deployed an integrated solution using Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management and Oracle Communications Network Integrity to model, discover and manage its existing 3G and planned 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Deployed in less than six months, the integrated solution enables LG U+ to automatically discover network equipment configurations, manage them using a standards-based network resource management system, and ensure ongoing network data accuracy.

InfoVista unveils new solution for cloud service performance assurance

InfoVista (France) a global provider in service performance assurance, will introduce its new unified solution for cloud service assurance at TM Forum Management World in Dublin, Ireland from May 23-26, 2011. Extending its flagship VistaInsight(r) for Networks and VistaFoundation to support cloud-based technologies, InfoVista's carrier grade performance assurance platform offers end-to-end performance assurance, visibility and reporting for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and other private or public cloud-based applications and services.

TM Forum Management World: Ash cloud, Apple do not dampen spirits

Cautious optimism prevailed, even in the face of an ash cloud, howling winds, Obama-generated gridlock, and Apple, as some of the world’s top telecom executives convened to discuss best practices at the TM Forum’s Management World conference in Dublin this week. It’s fair to say that those attending were uniformly realistic about threats from non-traditional competitors in the communications industry as they gathered to do their homework to try to meet industry challenges.

True 4G mobile backhaul: Key ingredients

As service providers deploy mobile backhaul for the growing wave of 3G services, it is important to keep requirements for emerging 4G services in mind. True 4G mobile backhaul includes three key ingredients – resiliency, synchronization and performance. Deploying true 4G mobile backhaul today protects the service provider’s investment in legacy 2G services while providing cost-effective backhaul for 3G services and laying the groundwork for the performance required to unleash 4G services.

AMD embedded G-Series APUs reduce power consumption for fanless designs

AMD Monday announced immediate availability of two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, up to a 39 percent power savings compared to earlier versions (versus the previously released single-core 9W TDP AMD Embedded G-Series APU model number T44R, operating at 1.2GHz).

Toshiba cautious on nuclear, eyes renewables including smart grid

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Toshiba Corp said it may need to push back by several years a target to capture 39 orders for nuclear reactors and that it would expand sales in renewables, amid tighter safety standards in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Orders for four AP1000 reactors in China are on target, but approval delays in the United States and other countries could block the firm's goal to expand nuclear sales to 1 trillion yen ($12.2 billion) in four years, Toshiba said.

M2M device detects heart arrhythmia

Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a global provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company, and TZ Medical (Portland, Ore.), a manufacturer of critical-care medical products, today announced Aera-CT, a lightweight and cost effective mHealth heart arrhythmia monitoring device. Equipped with the Cinterion MC75i module, the Aera-CT is expected to be commercially available in North America in Q3, 2011 followed by rolling launches throughout the world.

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