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

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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.

Telecom Italia to put off decision on Hutchison talks: sources

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Telecom Italia's board is likely to put off making a decision this week on whether to open formal merger talks with Hutchison Whampoa, as key shareholders are divided on the issue, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

The board is due to meet on Wednesday to consider the latest financial results and to hear from a panel of directors that was set up last month to determine whether it should pursue a proposal to acquire Hutchison's Italian mobile business and for Hutchison (Hong Kong) to take a near 30 percent stake in Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy).

AT&T forms M2M partnership with India's Wipro

US telecoms operator AT&T is to collaborate with Indian IT company Wipro on the development of M2M services for a variety of major industries.

Solutions developed by the two partners will use an M2M application platform from Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA), with which AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) already has a relationship.

“Customers are turning to us to make their M2M connectivity easy to manage and monitor in virtual real-time,” said Mike Troiano, the vice president of advanced mobility solutions for AT&T Business Solutions.

Telenor Connexion wins M2M deal with Japan's KDDI

Telenor Connexion, the M2M division of the Norwegian telecoms incumbent Telenor, has received a significant boost from a deal to provide international services to KDDI, Japan’s second-largest telecoms operator.

The partnership will allow KDDI (Tokyo, Japan) to provide a global M2M service to its enterprise customers, said the companies in a statement.

Qatar pays $1.26 billion for 5% stake in India's Bharti Airtel

The Qatar Foundation Endowment (QFE) has bought a 5% stake in India’s Bharti Airtel for the sum of $1.26 billion, helping the operator to reduce debts and fund the expansion of network activities in Africa.

The price paid implies the Indian operator is worth $25.2 billion in total, about 7% more than a valuation based on its share price last Friday, before the transaction was announced.

Softbank slams Dish's Sprint bid, rules out sweeteners

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SoftBank Corp President Masayoshi Son came out swinging on Tuesday against Dish Network Corp's rival bid for Sprint Nextel Corp, saying the satellite TV company would cripple Sprint with debt and was ill-prepared to run a wireless service.

Billionaire Son said there would be no need for SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) to sweeten its bid and he dismissed Dish's $25.5 billion offer as "incomplete and illusory." He argued his $20.1 billion offer would ultimately be better value for Sprint shareholders.

Vodafone powers first connected cars in India

Vodafone says its technology is powering India’s first connected cars after signing a deal with Mahindra Reva, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group, to supply M2M technology for the manufacturer’s e2o range of vehicles.

The operator says the partnership will allow e2o drivers to access a range of in-vehicle services using smartphone apps or dedicated web pages.

These include checking on battery power, remotely controlling temperature settings and finding details of local charging stations.

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

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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).

Indian court delays hearing for telecoms executives

Indian telecoms executives Sunil Mittal and Ravi Ruia will not have to appear before a special court set up to investigate irregularities in the allocation of spectrum more than a decade ago, following a ruling by India’s top court that will see the hearing deferred by at least six weeks, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.

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