M2M module revenues to exceed $1 billion in 2013: ABI Research

Revenues generated by the sale of M2M modules failed to break the $1 billion mark last year, as the industry had hoped, but look set to exceed that figure in 2013, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company notes that 2G continues to be the dominant technology used in M2M modules, accounting for 70% of all shipments in 2012, which is partly responsible for the downward pressure on pricing.

“Cellular M2M module price competition was intense in 2012 driven by several factors,” said Dan Shey, a practice director at ABI Research.

Huawei's Middle East revenue rose 18% in 2012: executive

Reuters

China's Huawei Technologies Co's Middle East revenue rose 18 percent to $2.08 billion in 2012 and the roll-out of 4G mobile networks and IT outsourcing will be among its main regional growth drivers, the firm said.

The world's second-largest telecom equipment maker also expects Middle East telecom operators to prioritize improving network efficiency, Shi Yaohong, president of Huawei Middle East, told Reuters in an email.

Telit M2M module wins Sprint approval

M2M specialist Telit says one of its new modules has won the approval of Sprint for use on the operator’s US cellular network.

Telit (London, UK) says the new CE910-DUAL cellular M2M module is ideal for embedded applications requiring easy integration, but also suited to platforms based on Windows and Linux operating systems.

The manufacturer reckons it is particularly appropriate for applications such as vending, tracking, smart metering and telematics.

Australia 4G auction raises A$2 billion

Australia’s auction of spectrum for use with 4G services has raised a total of A$2 billion ($2.01 billion) for government coffers, according to a statement from the country’s telecoms regulator.

Announcing the results, the Australian Communications and Media Authority revealed that incumbent operator Telstra (Melbourne, Australia) had spent the most on frequencies, coughing up more than A$1.3 billion for 40MHz of 700MHz spectrum and 80MHz in the 2.5GHz band.

Softbank to meet Sprint investors, many eye higher bid

Reuters

SoftBank Corp President Masayoshi Son may get a frosty reception when he comes to the United States this week to meet Sprint Nextel Corp's major shareholders, as he tries to drum up support for the Japanese company's proposed takeover of the No. 3 U.S. wireless service provider.

EU court gets T-Mobile Austria telecom merger appeal

Reuters

T-Mobile Austria claimed partial victory on Monday in its legal battle against the allocation of radio frequencies resulting from rival Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of Orange Austria.

The Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) unit said in a blog entry on its website that an administrative court in Vienna had referred the case to the European Court of Justice.

T-Mobile said this confirmed its view that it had suffered a decisive competitive disadvantage by the spectrum allocation, which it says gives its rivals a major head start in building next-generation networks.

Ericsson sees tough fight in Chinese 4G, brighter signs elsewhere

Reuters

Ericsson expects cut-throat competition between telecoms equipment makers as China prepares to spend billions of dollars on high-speed networks, punishing margins at a time when profitability is already under pressure.

A decade-long price war launched by Chinese vendors Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and ZTE (Shenzhen, China) has already forced suppliers like Nortel and Motorola out of the market while smaller players like Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) are mired in losses.

China's 4G bonanza to shake up mobile bear vendor market

Reuters

Chinese telecom operators will start awarding contracts for super-fast mobile networks this year, kicking off the third wave of a global investment cycle that is reshaping the competitive landscape among telecom equipment makers.

China, the world's biggest mobile market with 1.1 billion subscribers, is likely to further alter the picture at the expense of European suppliers by giving a huge boost to Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE (Shenzhen, China).

Mobile broadband demand pushes Ericsson Brazil plant to capacity

Reuters

Strong demand for mobile broadband equipment in Latin America will keep Ericsson's plant in Brazil at full capacity this year, says a senior executive at the telecom equipment manufacturer.

Mobile phone operators in Brazil are scrambling to improve their networks after heavy scrutiny from regulators because of poor service and a lack of investment in mobile infrastructure in recent years. The problems came despite a ballooning client base in Latin America's biggest economy.

MetroPCS shareholders approve merger with T-Mobile USA

MetroPCS shareholders have given their blessing to the proposed merger of the operator with T-Mobile USA, removing the final obstacle to the deal, which is now expected to close by May 1.

According to a statement from T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, WA, USA) owner Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), a majority of MetroPCS (Richardson, TX, USA) shareholders voted in favor of the merger on Wednesday.

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