The ZigBee Alliance (San Ramon, Calif., U.S.A.), a group of organizations providing wireless communication for energy management applications, last week announced that an update to ZigBee Smart Energy version 1, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is now available for product development and public download.
According to the Alliance, the ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard that will help create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to reduce their energy consumption.
One of the U.S.’s big two carriers, AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) posted better-than-expected subscriber growth for the second quarter, pushing its profits and sales past Wall Street estimates despite the loss of exclusive U.S. rights to sell the Apple Inc iPhone.
AT&T, which is seeking approval to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, added 331,000 net subscribers in the quarter, compared with the average expectation for 91,000 from seven analysts contacted by Reuters.
Acer Inc (New Taipei City, Taiwan), an electronics manufacturer, announced on Thursday it will buy cloud computing firm iGware Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A. ) for $320 million, in the fifth-largest Taiwanese buyout of a U.S. company.
Acer, who is the world's second largest PC maker, said it was also in initial talks with Japanese game firm Nintendo, a major client of iGware, over potential cooperation after the deal, but did not give details.
Wireless telecom firm T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.) said it will begin offering unlimited data service plans starting July 24. The unlimited plans will be available with a two-year agreement for new and existing customers.
T-mobile said the plans offer single-line and multiline options with a range of price points for talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2 gigabytes (GB), 5 GB or 10 GB of high-speed data-- with no data overage charges.
Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.) a specialist in M2M technology, announced on Wednesday its inaugural M2M developers conference, Telit DevCom 2011, set to take place in San Diego on October 10 preceding CTIA Enterprise and Applications.
Telit DevCon 2011 is a one-day forum that aims to connect M2M application engineers with industry experts, offering educational sessions and insights for developing embedded cellular devices.
Keynote speaker Robin Duke-Woolley of Beecham Research will kick off the conference.
Actelis Networks (Fremont, Calif., U.S.A.), a supplier of Ethernet over copper, on Wednesday announced that WYDOT (Wyoming Department of Transportation) has deployed the company’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as part of a revitalization of the state capital’s transportation network, which serves nearly 60,000 residents. Actelis’ML690 aggregation switches, ML622 and ML680 EADs were deployed across the city’s copper network to provide real-time troubleshooting and monitoring capabilities.
Spanish mobile operator Yoigo (Madrid, Spain) is expanding and increasing the capacity of its 3G network, aiming to triple its customers and gain 10% of the Spanish market by 2015. Yoigo selected equipment manufacturer Tellabs (Naperville, Ill., U.S.A.) 8600 Managed Edge System to manage the anticipated increase in data traffic.
Telecommunication providers Telenor (Fornebu, Norway) and Vodafone (London, England) are expected by analysts to outshine their European telecom peers as the sector struggles with weak economies and forced price cuts.
Analysts are braced for a slew of poor second-quarter results, starting with Nordic operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday.
TeliaZonera reported a net income decrease of 26% year-on-year to $591 million in the second quarter of 2011. However, the company did report an organic revenue growth of 3%, which is in line with its forecast for the year.
On Wednesday it was reported that Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany) has expressed interest to the Belgian government in acquiring a stake in Belgacom SA (Brussels, Belgium). The Belgian government is Belgacom’s largest shareholder.
Deutsche Telekom approached the Belgian government in the first few months of the year to see if it was planning to sell part of its 53.5% stake, the Belgian French-language paper said, citing an unnamed source.
Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter, which ended on June 25. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and a quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion. These results compare to revenue of $15.70 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion in the third quarter of 2010.
Gross margin was 41.7% compared to 39.1% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.