On Tuesday, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced that telecare and telehealth systems will be rolled out to three million people over the next five years as part of a plan to help patients and reduce costs.
Prime Minister David Cameron launched “3 Million Lives”, a campaign that aims to enhance the lives of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, by accelerating the rollout of services across England.
Britain's biggest mobile operator Everything Everywhere (London) announced plans on Thursday to invest over $2.3 billion in the next three years to improve its coverage and prepare for the launch of a fourth generation (4G) network.
AMSTERDAMThe Dutch competition authority raided the offices of telecom operators KPN (The Hague, Netherlands), Vodafone (London, England) and Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) T-mobile on Tuesday in a price-fixing investigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.