Deutsche Telekom to launch SaaS-based smart-metering kit

German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom claims it will soon become the world’s first company to offer a modular solution for smart metering using so-called ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) technology.

The service will give utility companies a selection of tools for energy provision and management, and includes a gateway administration service, the installation of meters and gateways, the communications link, a meter data-management system and an IT system based on SAP (Walldorf, Germany), with which Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has a long-standing partnership.

TeliaSonera restructures to improve customer focus, transparency

Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has unveiled details of a restructuring aimed at improving its focus on customers and making it a more transparent organization from a corporate-governance perspective.

As a result of the new structure, TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) will split operations into three geographical divisions addressing needs in Europe, Eurasia and Sweden, its domestic market.

EE to invest $450 million in improving mobile calls

UK operator EE says it will invest £275 million ($450 million) in improving the quality and reliability of mobile calls on its 2G and 3G networks in 2014.

The funds will also be used to conduct trials of new voice technologies such as voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over WiFi.

Telecom Italia says no information so far from BlackRock


Telecom Italia said on Monday it had not received any information from U.S. money manager BlackRock regarding an increase in its stake in the Italian telecoms group to 10.14 percent, as shown by U.S. regulatory filings.

A stake of 10.1 percent would make BlackRock (New York City, NY, USA) the second biggest shareholder in Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) after holding company Telco, and give it a potentially pivotal role at a shareholder vote on Friday on whether to oust the board of the company.

EU court upholds Microsoft, Skype deal, rejects Cisco challenge


Europe's second highest court upheld a decision on Wednesday by European Union regulators clearing Microsoft's $8.5 billion takeover of Skype in 2011, rejecting a challenge by the world's top network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc.

At a hearing in May, Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) argued that Microsoft's (Seattle, WA, USA) acquisition of the Internet video and voice messaging company created a monopoly and that the European Commission was wrong to approve the deal without demanding concessions from Microsoft.

Telecom Italia board not considering TIM Brasil break-up plan: CEO


The board of Telecom Italia is not considering any plan to break up the company's Brazilian wireless unit TIM Participacoes, CEO Marco Patuano said on Tuesday.

"The board is not studying any break-up of TIM Brasil (Rio de Janeiro). I will never grow tired of repeating that it is for us a strategic company," he said on the sidelines of an event.

A government source in Brazil said on Monday the country's antitrust watchdog had not ruled out a possible break-up of TIM Brasil into units to be bought by local rivals.

India court to rule on seized Nokia plant on Thursday


An Indian court will issue on Thursday its verdict on Nokia's appeal against the seizure by tax authorities of its local factory after a tax dispute, lawyers for the company and the tax department said on Wednesday.

The Chennai factory is one of Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) biggest phone-making plants.

Nokia has been trying to end the dispute ahead of the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) in a 5.4 billion euros ($7.4 billion) deal.

(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Writing by Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

Jasper Wireless wins deals with Telkomsel, Tele2

Indonesia’s Telkomsel and Sweden’s Tele2 have become the latest high-profile customers of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless.

News of the partnership with Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) broke just days after the operator announced plans to launch a “global M2M business”.

Tele2 had provided few details of its M2M plans in its launch announcement but said it aimed to compete heavily on pricing with established M2M players and had already made investments in personnel and IT systems.

Wearable technology to boom in 2014: Deutsche Telekom

The market for personal tracking devices and wearable technology is set to boom in 2014, as M2M players shift their focus from the business market to the consumer one.

That is one of the headline predictions from German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (Bonn) about the way the M2M industry will develop next year.

KPN launches European M2M tracking service

Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN has launched a new M2M service allowing companies to track the location of containers being transported throughout the European region.

Branded “Locate”, the service equips containers will “small, robust and shock-absorbent boxes” that constantly provide updates on their geographical location using a mixture of GPS, GSM and RFID technologies.

By using Cell-ID technology, the operator can also accurately determine locations where there is no GPS signal – such as indoors and on docks.

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