US operator Verizon Communications has made a $700 million bid for Canada’s Wind Mobile and begun acquisition talks with Mobility, another Canadian operator, according to a report from the country’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
Citing sources familiar with the situation, the Globe and Mail says Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) is also considering whether to participate in a forthcoming auction of spectrum in Canada.
Germany’s telecoms regulator is planning to hold an auction of new and existing frequencies as early as next year in response to rising demand for mobile broadband services and despite opposition from the country’s operators.
In a statement published on its website, the Bundesnetzagentur said it would look to auction in-use 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies as well as new spectrum in the 700MHz and 1.5GHz bands.
Oracle Corp, the technology giant losing market share to younger firms that sell software via the Web, has signed a long-term partnership with archrival and cloud computing pioneer Salesforce.com Inc.
The two companies said on Tuesday that Oracle (Redwood City, CA, USA) will integrate some of its cloud-based software programs with Salesforce (San Francisco, CA, USA) products. The companies gave few details on the unprecedented partnership, which also calls for Salesforce to expand its own use of Oracle products.
The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic.
The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit Verizon Communications Inc against the Federal Communications Commission as the biggest U.S. wireless provider challenges the FCC's order that guides how Internet service providers manage their networks.
Russian operator MTS says it has reached a settlement worth $150 million with Altimo and Nomihold Securities over its disputed acquisition of Bitel, an operator in the Kyrgyz Republic, in 2005.
MTS (Moscow, Russia) is to receive a payment of $150 million under the settlement, which includes a figure of $125 million it has already received during the proceedings.
The dispute dates back to 2005, when MTS paid $150 million to Nomihold Securities for a 50% stake in Bitel (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic), the largest mobile operator in the Kyrgyz Republic.
MiX Telematics has launched a new configurable video recording system allowing fleet managers to view footage of drivers and their view of the road.
Called MiX Vision, the service is apparently designed as an add-on to the telematics specialist’s existing fleet-management service.
AT&T is to launch two new facilities dedicated largely to M2M research and development as it ramps up its commercial M2M activities.
The US operator has served notice of plans to open new ‘Foundry’ facilities in Atlanta and the Dallas-Forth Worth areas to speed up the development of M2M technologies and applications.
The UK’s Vodafone has launched what it calls an “all-in-one” service for the remote monitoring and control of M2M-enabled devices as it looks to cement its position as a leading player in the M2M market.
The operator says the new package combines hardware, wireless network connectivity and application software and will make it easier for customers to introduce M2M services, minimize downtime, improve service quality and reduce costs.
With the cloud and M2M both integral to Deutsche Telekom’s growth strategy, the German operator is keen to publicize its launch of development kits for cloud-based M2M applications.
The kits consist of Arduino or Cinterion boards with GSM chips, SIM cards and access to the M2M Developer Platform.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also relaunching its M2M Developer Community – its portal for developing M2M products and services – with new functionality.
The huge difference in product lifecycles between the automotive and mobile telecoms industries poses one of the biggest challenges to the nascent connected car opportunity, according to new research commissioned by Telefonica.
The Spanish operator has released a detailed study examining the status of the industry, and calling for greater collaboration between automotive companies and operators.
But it highlights the disconnect between automotive and mobile industry lifecycles as perhaps the biggest challenge the connected car industry faces.