Weather Telematics creates 40 Million weather points in its first year

Weather Telematics (Nepean, Ontario), a company that designs and integrates mobile sensing systems for vehicles, created 40 million weather points it its first year. Weather Telematics used mobile assets to carry sensors along major Interstates throughout the United States, pulling readings every ten seconds. This means that weather data is pulled, on average, every 300 meters or 10 seconds at 60 MPH.

KORE Wireless Group Inc. announces completion of acquisition of Mach Communications Pty Ltd

KORE Wireless Group Inc. (Alpharetta, GA), a wireless services group focused on the global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market, Wednesday announced the acquisition of Mach Communications Pty Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia), a wireless M2M network provider. The identity of Mach Communications Pty Ltd will transition to KORE Wireless Asia-Pacific in ensuing weeks. The acquisition, which was completed following unanimous approval of all shareholders, is now complete.

TM Forum Highlight: New BSS/OSS products stress dynamic management (read cloud)

There were plenty of new BSS/OSS and CRM products to be found at the TM Forum Management World conference in Dublin last week, as software providers scrambled to offer new weapons that will allow carriers to hunt revenue opportunities in Cloud Services (among other places). Just some of the new product introductions included…

France Telecom plans to sell European assets where it has minority stake

On Tuesday France Telecom (Paris, France) presented its strategic and financial ambitions for the next five years. According to its press release, France Telecom will be reviewing its portfolio of assets and is expecting to sell any assets where it is not a majority shareholder.

TM Forum Highlight: Optical Network bursts onto scene

In one of the highlights of the TM Forum Management World event in Dublin last week, the Irish government showed off its Exemplar project, a “metro ring” carrier network in Dublin that is said to be the first to incorporate optical burst switching, a technology that could have broad implications in greatly improving the efficiency and capacity of carrier networks.

FTTH Council urges FCC to preserve "High Cost Fund" to keep U.S. rural high-speed broadband on track

Maintaining the High-Cost universal service fund is critical to ensuring that the nation's broadband universal service goals are achieved, according to a document filed today with the U.S. government Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a non-profit organization that advocates for the expansion of next-generation broadband.

Lightsquared near $2 billion a year Sprint deal: Sources

Reuters

Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan.) is close to completing a $2 billion-a-year network sharing agreement with hedge fund billionaire Phil Falcone's LightSquared (Reston, Va.) telecommunications venture, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Under the proposed agreement, LightSquared would pay $2 billion a year to rent space on Sprint's network to launch its own high-speed wireless services, according to a person who asked not to be named because the details are not yet public.

Ericsson wins contract worth up to $1.2 billion in Australia

Reuters

Australia's state-owned National Broadband Network awarded a contract to Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) worth up to $1.2 billion, the latest in a string of contracts to build the 38.4 billion network.

The contract is to build and operate a wireless network over the next ten years to cover the remote parts of Australia that will not be serviced by fiber-optic cable under the government's plan to provide fast Internet connections to the bulk of Australian homes.

HomePlug Powerline Alliance announces support from global German auto manufacturers for HomePlug Technology

At its event at COMPUTEX Taipei Wednesday, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced support from Germany’s major car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – for its HomePlug Technology.

Sprint formally requests FCC to Deny AT&T, T-Mobile acquisition

Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.) announced Tuesday it has formally requested the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas) proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, noting the Commission’s responsibility to protect consumers and the industry against anti-competitive market control. Sprint made the request in a “Petition to Deny” filed at the FCC this afternoon.

In its filing, Sprint concluded the proposed acquisition cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions, and urged the FCC to block the proposed transaction on the following grounds:

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