Iliad launches in France, France Telecom may need to cut payout

Reuters

France's broadband specialist Iliad launched its long-awaited mobile service on Tuesday with aggressive offers that sharply undercut rival operators' prices in a bid to carve out a profitable chunk of Europe's second-largest telecom market.

Will 2012 be the Year of IPv6?

The telecommunication industry needs to be preparing now for the most significant change in the history of the Internet: specifically, the transition from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

Analysts say LightSquared approval is a long shot

Reuters

Telecom startup LightSquared is mounting a last-ditch effort to win U.S. regulatory approval for a new wireless network after being outmaneuvered by the GPS industry, which has cited numerous scenarios of interference problems that could interfere with planes and national security.

BridgeWave secures $10.3 million in series 5 funding

BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of 4G millimeter wave backhaul services, on Tuesday announced that it has secured an additional $10.3 million in series 5 funding. The funds will be used to support accelerating growth in backhaul for network deployments going into 2012 as carriers continue to address the data transport challenges expected with 4G mobile and LTE network deployments worldwide, says the company.

PCCW partners with Ciena for submarine cable upgrade

PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT, a telecommunications provider, and Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced an upgrade to the carrier’s subsea network with Ciena’s optical 100G networking solution.

T-Mobile eyes new strategy, may sell towers

Reuters

T-Mobile USA is finalizing a new business plan which may include a sale of its wireless towers to help pay for a network upgrade as it looks to rebuild its business after its failed effort to sell itself to AT&T Inc, top executives of the Deutsche Telekom unit said.


"T-Mobile USA is alive and we are back in fighting spirit," CEO Philip Humm told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, as he promise more details about the company's future strategy later this quarter.

AT&T, Axeda team up to offer comprehensive M2M platform

Carrier giant AT&T has settled on a preferred software solution for the management of embedded devices and development of M2M applications across a wide range of devices, in an effort to provide end-to-end solutions for M2M. An exclusive US reseller agreement was just announced at AT&T’s Developer Summit in Las Vegas that makes the company the only US carrier to offer the Axeda Platform from Axeda Corp (Foxboro, Mass., USA).

Vodafone could merge with Verizon Wireless, eyes Asia, South America

Reuters

Recently, there has been talk that a merger between Vodafone and Verizon Communications could be the most logical option for both telecom operators.  A recent report by analysts from Goldman Sachs Group  stated that if Verizon Communications were to get rid of their fixed-line unit, it would allow for its wireless and enterprise units to merge with that of Vodafone’s.  The report saw this as the most “attractive option” for Vodafone.

Deutsche Telekom seeks new strategy for T-Mobile USA

Reuters

Deutsche Telekom is overhauling its strategy for its U.S. wireless unit after AT&T last month dropped its planned $39 billion takeover of the unit, a person familiar with the strategy planning said on Monday.


"Telekom is planning to work out a new strategy for T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks," the person told Reuters, adding that no date had been set to unveil the plan but it would certainly not be before 2011 results are published on February 23.

Huawei leads Europe in LTE macro base-station equipment market

In 2010, Huawei had less than half the number of European LTE base-station deployments as Ericsson, but in 2011 Huawei was the top supplier of LTE base-station equipment, according to research firm NPD In-Stat.

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