MWC preview: LTE and small cells

Mobile World Congress kicks off on Monday in Barcelona, which means major news will be coming from the telecommunications industry, specifically in regards to LTE.  As LTE networks are being built out across the world new technology and services are being created.

Qualcomm, Orange announce wireless health collaboration in Europe

Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporate, and Orange Business Services, on Thursday announced a collaboration in which Qualcomm Life will use Orange Business Services' M2M connectivity services in Europe to connect health care providers and patients and enable secure remote monitoring for various chronic diseases.

Itron aquires SmartSynch for $100 million

Itron, Inc. recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held SmartSynch, Inc., a developer of cellular-based smart grid services for the utility industry, in a transaction valued at $100 million. 

Jasper Wireless signs first connected device partnership in Portugal

Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected devices platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, and Optimus, a Portuguese mobile network operator, on Wednesday announced an agreement to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Portugal.

GridComms Smart Grid Conference 2012

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 8:00am
End Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

GridComms announced its debut global Smart Grid conference that will focus on opportunities for collaboration and innovation between the telecommunications and utilities industries with the common goal of building and securing Smart Grid networks. GridComms will bring together global leaders from the telecom and utility industries to discuss the future of smarter energy distribution and communications networks and the importance of building and securing networks for the advancement of Smart Grid.

Prepping wireless infrastructure for the Summer Olympics

This year, London will host the Summer Olympic Games. England last hosted the games in 1948, when mobile phones weren’t even invented. This year, the city and venues must prepare to handle the modern day technological issue of wireless communications. There will be a dramatic influx in mobile data and voice traffic by the spectators who have purchased almost 8 million tickets for the 302 events that will take place in London.

LightSquared plans to cut 45% of workforce

Reuters

LightSquared Inc., the wireless company backed by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, said on Tuesday it plans to lay off nearly half of its employees to save money.


LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA) said it will cut 45% of its 330-employee workforce and called the planned move a "prudent and necessary cost savings measure to ensure the long-term success of the company."


On Monday, LightSquared failed to pay $56 million it owed to a British satellite partner Inmarsat.

China Telecom to sell iPhones; China Mobile still months away

Reuters

Apple Inc. has signed a deal with China Telecom to sell its iPhone in China as it looks to boost its share in one of the world's biggest mobile phone market.  China Telecom plans to offer the iPhone starting next month.


While Apple (Cupertino, Calif., USA) has now signed up with two of China's big three carriers, the largest, China Mobile Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.), with more than 600 million subscribers, doesn't yet have compatible technology.

Ericsson acquisition boosts WiFi offering

Reuters

Swedish telecoms gear maker Ericsson is to buy privately-held WiFi technology firm BelAir Networks as part of its plan to boost its mobile broadband offering. Demand for wireless connectivity has boomed in the last couple of years with the proliferation of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.


BelAir (Ontario, Canada), which produces indoor and outdoor WiFi systems for telecoms operators that allow people to surf the Internet without a physical coupling to a network, has 120 staff.

Report: Optical Network Equipment up 8% in 4Q11 as big vendors surge

On Friday, market research firm Infonetics Research released a new report stating that spending on optical gear grew 8% globally in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11) over the previous quarter.

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