Interoperability Group formed for rollout of smart meters in UK

Last week, Trilliant (Redwood City, Calif., U.S.A.), a smart grid equipment provider, announced it has launched an Interoperability Group that unifies multiple home energy management devices within a single eco-system.  The formation of the group aims to help consumers cut their energy bills by up to 10% by installing smart meters

German government grows worried about T-Mobile, AT&T deal

Reuters

The German government, telecom company Deutsche Telekom AG's (Bonn, Germany) biggest shareholder, is growing increasingly worried the company's disposal of its T-Mobile USA subsidiary may run aground over antitrust concerns, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Buy or sell-Ericsson a long-term winner with short-term issues

Reuters

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), the world's top supplier of telecom network infrastructure, is seen enhancing its competitive advantage over rivals, but the global downturn and pressure on the gross margin will leave the share vulnerable to setbacks.


Of 36 analysts tracked by Reuters, two had an underperform or sell recommendation for Ericsson stocks, while nine had a hold on the stock.


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Polish regulator fines mobile operators over mobile TV

Reuters

Poland's four cellphone operators, including units of Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France), have been fined a total of $34 million for anti-competitive conduct in the mobile TV market.

"All members of the cartel were told to stop their practices and received fines," Poland's competition watchdog UOKiK said last week. The regulator accused the four operators of obstructing the development of the nascent mobile television market.

UK energy regulator grants $76 million to six smart grid projects

Energy regulator Ofgem (London, England) on Sunday announced that six projects are to share $76 million of funding to help local power networks become smarter. The money comes from Ofgem’s $666 million Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCN Fund).

M2M doubles in size, stresses security at CeBIT 2012

Experts in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications know that billions of intelligent devices connected on networks represent enormous opportunity, but also enormous risk. Many of these experts will gather in the M2M Zone at the CeBIT 2012 trade show in Hannover, Germany to discuss digital security for embedded devices, which will be the major theme for 350,000 attendees to the world's largest ICT event.

Tension simmers between Verizon, Vodafone

Reuters

Tension between Vodafone (London, England) and Verizon Communications (New York) over their joint venture in the United States has eased and the success of new partnerships could determine if that relationship goes any further.

France Telecom sees consolidation in Portugal market

Reuters

Consolidation of the Portuguese telecoms market may happen faster than expected if the state-owned bank decides to sell its holdings as part of a countrywide push to raise cash, a France Telecom (Paris, France) executive said on Thursday.

France Telecom has said it plans to leave the Portuguese market, where consumers have been hit hard by an austerity drive, but the company said in October that no talks had taken place because it was difficult to sell in the current environment.

Vodafone eyes KPN Spanish mobile unit

Reuters

Dutch telecom firm KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) has opened the books at its Spanish operations to prospective buyers, including Vodafone (London, England), a person familiar with the situation told Reuters on Tuesday.

KPN's chief executive, Eelco Blok, said in May he would refocus KPN's international mobile division, including expanding Ortel, its mobile phone business which targets immigrants, and would cut inefficient operations outside the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Mobile market growth dives in third quarter

Reuters

Cellphone market growth slumped in the third quarter, with the grim economic climate prompting consumers to cut back or delay purchases, particularly in Western Europe, says research firm Gartner (Stamford, Conn., U.S.A.).

Global sales of all mobile phones grew an annual 5.6% in the third quarter to 440.5 million phones, down sharply from 16.5% growth in the previous quarter.

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