Across the broad spectrum of the mobile world, most of the breathless hype is focused on the networks, devices and applications that the fourth generation of mobile technology is making possible, and the future generations that are not far behind. All that momentum about what’s next is typical of a fast-moving industry that has plunged ever-forward and is rarely nostalgic about its past.
Vodafone (London, England) announced on Wednesday a deal in which Piramal Healthcare will buy 5.5% of its mobile business in India for $640 million, to keep the British company within the foreign ownership rules. A spokesman for Vodafone said the healthcare company had recently made a host of disposals and was looking for an investment.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) holding company T-Mobile USA released its second quarter results last week and reports losing 50,000 customers in the second quarter. The company reported a loss of 99,000 customers the first quarter, and 93,000 in the year-ago quarter.
T-Mobile USA served 33.6 million customers at the end of this quarter, according to the company.
Telefonica SA (Madrid, Spain), one of Europe’s largest telecoms company, suffered a decline in first-half profit as consumers switched to cheaper providers and regulators pushed tariffs lower.
While lucrative smartphone growth drove a continued boom in Brazil, the business turned in a lackluster performance in its home market of Spain, and also in Britain, Mexico and Venezuela. Some analysts noted a risk to Telefonica's A- credit rating.
The market for security software to protect mobile devices including tablets, smartphones and feature phones will reach almost $3.7 billion by 2016 according to a new report by research firm Juniper Research (Hampshire, England). By that date enterprise and business sales will account for almost 69% of the market, according to the report.
Telecommunication companies Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France) have to pay a total $126 million for a 10-year license extension of their Slovak units, the Slovak telecommunication regulator said on Wednesday.
France Telecom, running Slovensko Orange -- Slovakia's largest mobile and internet services provider in terms of number of clients -- will pay $57.7 million.
Deutsche Telekom will pay $67.9 million for its T-Mobile Slovensko unit's licence.
The M2M industry has begun to announce results for the second quarter of 2011. Earnings varied according to company and industry. In the Personal Navigation Device (PND) industry, both Garmin and TomTom reported loss in revenue from the year-ago quarter, primarily due to weak PND markets in both North America and Europe. Satellite companies Iridium and Orbcomm both posted strong Q2 results due to a strong market and company acquisitions.
When you use Wi-Fi in your house you can download content at a fast speed. If you move into your backyard or down the street, your signal gets weaker until you eventually lose all connection. On Ramp Wireless Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, developed a technology using the same frequency as Wi-Fi, but instead of using a high power at a short distance, this technology can send small bits of machine-to-machine (M2M) application data a distance of over 40 miles.
According to marketing research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), the launch of Nike and TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) GPS fitness watch has given the market the shot in the arm it needed, with new devices, applications, and companies helping to drive forecasts for fitness GPS shipments beyond the 10 million mark.
Released in January, the Nike+ SportWatch GPS is able to calculate location information, distance, pace and calories burnt, according to TomTom. GPS receivers powered by TomTom work with sensors inside the shoe to deliver data throughout the run.
Telemedicine may be able to significantly help healthcare access in the rural parts of the United States, according to a report by health care company UnitedHealth Group (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.).
According to the report, there are only 65 primary care physicians per 100,000 rural Americans -- 40 less than the 105 per 100,000 urban and suburban Americans.