ETSI partners with T&D Europe to drive smart grid standards

ETSI and T&D Europe announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of ETSI standards for smart grid. Through this agreement, T&D Europe will provide input and requirements from the electricity transmission and distribution industry to ETSI's smart grid standardization activities. T&D Europe's members will be able to validate ETSI's standards, ensuring that they meet the needs of the smart grid industry.

Ericsson to buy Telenor Connexion's M2M platform

Ericsson today entered an agreement to acquire Telenor Connexion's M2M (machine-to-machine) technology platform. The acquisition follows Ericsson's ambition to drive the market for M2M communication, adding valuable technology and know-how from eleven employees that will be transferred as part of the deal.

Telenor Connexion is wholly owned by Telenor Group, one of the world's major mobile operators with 203 million mobile subscribers.

Atheros launches HomePlug green PHY emulation platform

Atheros Communications, Inc. today announced the industry's first HomePlug Green PHY (HPGP) emulation development kit. The Atheros PL-14 HPGP development kit consists of a hardware platform based on existing HomePlug AV silicon, adapted to support serial peripheral interface (SPI) ports enabling connectivity to a vast family of low-cost and low-energy microcontrollers (MCUs), as well as an emulation firmware and software driver with application programming interfaces (APIs) to support future Atheros Green PHY products.

Smart Grid development to cut carbon, provide U.S. jobs, says Duke report

Research from the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness today released a report, "U.S. Smart Grid: Finding new ways to cut carbon and create jobs."

National Instruments announces 2011 Green Engineering Grant program

Program gives special focus to accelerating development of smart grid technology

National Instruments yesterday announced its 2011 Green Engineering Grant program, a worldwide competitive program that fosters rapid design, prototyping and commercialization of promising new renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid systems. Through the program, NI will donate up to $25,000 USD equivalent in NI LabVIEW graphical system design software tools and training to eligible startups to help advance clean energy development in applications such as solar, wind and biofuel technology.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom-Orange to form procurement joint venture

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom-Orange announced yesterday they have agreed to combine their procurement activities of customer equipment, network equipment, service platforms and IT infrastructure in a 50/50 joint venture starting with four pilot-projects. For this purpose they signed a non-binding Term Sheet which will be the basis for final contracts yet to be negotiated.

Sprint launches 'green' Android smartphone for $49.99

Sprint today unveiled several progressive initiatives building on Sprint’s environmental work in the wireless industry, including upcoming availability of the Samsung Replenish from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile). Samsung Replenish, an Android touch QWERTY smartphone enabled with Sprint ID, will be available on May 8 for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and new-line activation or eligible upgrade.

Mobile operators' deals with M2M application developers may bring lower module prices

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Mobile operators AT&T and Sprint have recently struck deals with cellular embedded module vendors to provide modules for M2M (machine-to-machine) application developer partners at discounted rates. Their goal is to encourage app developers to embrace 3G -- and now 4G -- M2M modules.

EXFO introduces cloud-based network testing

EXFO Inc. announced Monday the launch of EXFO Connect, a suite of cloud-based software applications designed to interoperate with EXFO's smart test platforms. EXFO Connect is intended to help network operators deal with the increasing complexity of network deployments and maintenance, while facing the growing pressure to accelerate and reduce the cost of such deployments.

Fujitsu plans to bring fibre to 5 million homes and businesses in rural Britain

FTTH collaboration will use Cisco technology

Fujitsu today announced plans to work in collaboration with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco to deliver next generation internet services to 5 million homes in rural Britain.

The collaboration and subsequent Fujitsu build of a new super fast, fibre optic broadband network is alternative to BT Openreach (a division of the British telecommunications operator BT Group) and provides an opportunity for any community or local authority looking to access a proportion of the £530 million earmarked by the UK Government to drive investment in super fast broadband in rural communities.

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