India Telecom Commission supports allowing 100% foreign investment

India’s Telecom Commission has backed a proposed rule change that would allow foreign companies to take full ownership of telecoms assets in the country, reports Reuters.

At present, overseas investors are prohibited from owning more than 74% of an Indian telecoms business – a regulation that has forced companies like Vodafone (Newbury, UK), Telenor (Fornebu, Norway) and Sistema (Moscow, Russia) to find domestic partners.

Aeris launches GSM offer, signs up FIAT

With a debate raging over the most appropriate cellular technology for M2M services, Aeris Communications has added GSM connectivity services to its offer and revealed that carmaker FIAT has become its first GSM customer.

The company, which describes itself as the only cellular operator catering exclusively to the M2M market, has long provided connectivity services over the rival CDMA standard but evidently felt a need to fortify its position, with various technologies facing an uncertain future.

Telit advances in Japan after modules pass DoCoMo testing

M2M module maker Telit has taken a huge step in the Japanese market with news that its devices have passed interoperability testing on the network of NTT DoCoMo, the country’s largest mobile phone operator.

According to a statement released by the vendor, some six variants of its HE910 module series have successfully completed a rigorous module testing program run by the Japanese carrier.

The successful testing is a precursor to arrangements that would see NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan) supporting Telit’s modules on its network.

Sprint shareholders say yes to SoftBank takeover

Shareholders in US operator Sprint have “overwhelmingly” approved SoftBank’s $21.6 billion deal to acquire a 78% stake in the company.

The yes vote smooths the way for a takeover of the third-biggest operator in the US by its counterpart in Japan.

SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) had faced competition over a Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) takeover from Dish Network (Meridian, CO, USA), but the satellite TV company last week announced that it was abandoning attempts to acquire Sprint, making a decision easier for Sprint shareholders.

SK Telecom claims world's first launch of LTE-Advanced

SK Telecom has stolen a march on domestic and international rivals by claiming to have launched the world’s first network based on LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology.

The launch comes just two years after the South Korean company began providing commercial LTE services, and with many operators around the world yet to begin offering LTE to their customers.

Make or break moment for Myanmar reforms in opaque telecoms sector

Reuters

Companies awarded telecommunications licenses in Myanmar this week will need to spend billions of dollars rolling out networks across a country that has yet to pass a law to govern the sector and where opaque, state-owned enterprises will remain players.

The process is being watched closely as a test case for reform in Myanmar, although the risks did not stop 90 international firms and groups from joining the initial phase.

ZTE to churn out more 4G devices

Reuters

China's ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest smartphone maker, is aggressively moving into the higher end of the market for mobile gadgets with more 4G shipments.

The Shenzhen-based company has been trying to move away from selling lower end mobile phones, a strategy that has served it well in boosting its global market share, but at the expense of pressuring margins and profitability.

It plans to further raise its global profile by sponsoring a U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) team later this year, executives said.

M2M Zone Multi-sponsored Webinar Series

The healthcare market for machine-to-machine technology is finally poised to show the kind of growth that experts have predicted for years. Case studies are showing the efficiencies that can be gained from machine diagnostics to medical records keeping, but hurdles remain, including ongoing regulatory issues and a possible investment slowdown.

SoftBank closer to acquiring Sprint after Dish abandons bid for now

Reuters

Japan's SoftBank Corp cleared a major hurdle in its attempt to buy U.S. wireless provider Sprint Nextel Corp, as rival bidder Dish Network Corp declined to make a new offer after SoftBank sweetened its own bid last week.

SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) Chief Executive Masayoshi Son is now a step closer to sealing the largest overseas acquisition by a Japanese company in history, after winning support from a key shareholder by raising SoftBank's offer to $21.6 billion from $20.1 billion last week.

Satellite backhaul deal to bring 3G to rural Malaysia

Satellite operator O3b Networks has signed a backhaul deal that will allow Malaysia’s Maju Nusa to provide 3G services in rural and remote parts of the country.

The companies did not disclose details of the financial terms but describe the tie-up as a “multi-million-dollar, multi-year deal”.

That deal comes just days before O3b (St Helier, Jersey) is set to launch its next-generation satellite constellation and will provide “fiber-equivalent capacity” to Maju Nusa (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia), according to O3b’s statement.

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