Ericsson Money Services launches

Company hopes to dominate mobile payments and banking by 2020

Equipment maker Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) has announced the launch of its mobile money services, seeking to take and intermediary role in near-field communications purchases. The announcement marks the end of the service's two year development, and follows a proof-of-concept launch in Europe and Asia.

The Wholesale Applications Community comes alive at Mobile World Congress

Seen as counter to Android Market and App Store

The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), a common pool of apps designed to run on multiple operating systems, handsets, and networks, now boasts a membership of 68 carriers including IBM, Vodafone, AT&T, Ericsson, Huawei, Oracle, and SAP. The unified group is an open alternative to Google and Apple app stores, and support is exploding this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

SPIRIT DSP extends relationship with Huawei

Will offer voice and video over IP, compete with Skype and Google

SPIRIT DSP (Moscow), a voice and video over IP provider, has announced that Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, China), the world's second-largest telecommunications equipment provider, has extended its license with SPIRIT DSP for HD voice and video to carriers.

Under terms of the agreement, Huawei, a SPIRIT customer since 2007, will use SPIRIT's TeamSpirit Voice&Video Engine PC in its IP Multimedia Subsystem, Unified Communications, and Fixed Mobile Convergence solutions to carriers from the Huawei core network, delivering a PC video softphone to Huawei's carrier customers.

Numerex and Cinterion to collaborate, expand M2M activities in North America

Distribution agreement could result in bundled products

Numerex Corp (Atlanta, GA, USA), a provider of machine-to-machine products and services, today announced that it will collaborate with Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a specialist in cellular machine-to-machine communication modules to distribute and integrate Cinterion modules.

Both companies are influential in their respective fields. Numerex is the first M2M service provider in North America to be ISO 27001 certified for information security. Cinterion was acquired by Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) in June 2010.

Vodafone and Intel partner for new M2M development kit

Designed around Atom-based architecture

Vodafone (London) and Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) will co-develop a new kit that will allow companies to embed M2M functionality into products. The kit will be built around Intel's "Atom" class processor, and supported by service from Vodafone's network.

Target applications include smart meters, connected vehicles, or even entire smart buildings, according to a joint statement.

The news arrives only a day after Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announced a cross-border cooperative M2M initiative.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom cooperate for M2M

Cross-border services to be a primary focus

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris) will explore the potential of cooperation in a number of technology fields, including machine-to-machine communication, the companies announced in a joint press release this morning. Other areas of interest include radio access network sharing in Europe, WiFi roaming QoS, and equipment standardization.

Alcatel-Lucent shares leap after CEO optimism

Claims 3-year turnaround is on track

Reuters

Long-troubled telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent sparked investor hopes it had turned a corner when it kept an ambitious free cash flow target and reassured on its 2011 profitability.

Shares in the Franco-American group shot up more than 13 percent to their highest level since October 2009, making it the French CAC 40 index's biggest gainer on Thursday.

Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen, a Dutchman who formerly led BT Group before taking over Alcatel-Lucent in September 2008, said the results showed that the group was on track to complete his promised three-year turnaround.

Vodafone names Gerard Kleisterlee its new chairman

Former Philips Chief Executive takes over for Sir John Bond

Reuters

Vodafone (London) has named outgoing Philips Chief Executive Gerard Kleisterlee as its new chairman. Kleisterlee, who has spent his entire career at Philips, will take over from John Bond at Vodafone's annual general meeting later this year, 12 months after Bond endured a small rebellion over his role in the firm's strategy.

Research suggests mobile backhaul market will exceed $8 billion by 2015

Overall growth of more than 40 percent

Dell'Oro Group

In a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group (Redwood City, CA, USA), mobile backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015. The report tracks two market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.

France Telecom and Vodafone report partially restored services in Egypt

Both companies issue statements

Both France Telecom (Paris) and Vodafone Egypt (Cairo) have released statements claiming some services have been restored to their Egyptian customers.

The Vodafone unit and France Telecom (itself a unit of Orange) are the largest carriers in Egypt share the majority of the responsibility for the region’s Internet and mobile blackout last week.

Vodafone posted the following message on its main international website on Friday, which claimed the company was simply following the orders of the Egyptian government:

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