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.

Deutsche Telekom targets US connected-cars market

Deutsche Telekom has teamed up with US telemetry specialist Un-Blinking Technologies on the launch of what they call a “vendor-independent” solution for vehicles in the US market.

The solution is based on the iCar M2M technology developed by Un-Blinking Technologies (Eagle, ID, USA), allowing car dealerships to offer value-added services that are not tethered to the proprietary technology of individual vehicle makers.

Orange and Renault to investigate 4G uses in connected cars

French telecoms incumbent Orange has announced it is working with carmaker Renault on a research project investigating the automotive uses of 4G connectivity.

The partnership has already seen Orange (Paris, France) deploy 4G services at Renault’s (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) research and testing facilities, with both companies aiming to test new applications supported by the high-speed technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.

Bouygues offers 4G at no extra cost in response to Iliad pressure

France’s Bouygues Telecom has responded to pricing pressure from rival Iliad by saying that its 4G services will be available to existing customers at no extra cost.

The announcement comes just days after Iliad (Paris, France) upped the competitive stakes by publishing details of new low-cost 4G services, revealing that customers would be able to make use of the super-fast technology for as little €19.99 ($27.15) a month.

Existing Bouygues (Paris, France) subscribers will be able to use 4G services without signing up to a new minimum term contract, says the operator.

Huawei retains top spot in RAN market: ABI Research

Huawei held on to its number-one spot in the global market for radio access networks in the third quarter of 2013, with Alcatel-Lucent overtaking Nokia Siemens Networks to claim third place in the rankings, according to ABI Research.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) now controls about 28.1% of the market, up by 3.8 percentage points since the third quarter of 2012, with second-place Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) boasting a 21.8% share.

France's Iliad takes price war into 4G market

France’s Iliad has made clear that it plans to continue being a thorn in the side of the country’s incumbent operators by unveiling a range of low-cost tariffs for its new 4G service.

The operator says a 4G service will now be available to consumers for as little as €19.99 ($27.15) a month, or €15.99 for customers who already subscribe to its internet services.

The tariff includes 20GB of monthly data usage and Iliad claims its price is just a fifth of fees being charged by rivals for a comparable service.

UK operators, government aim to scrap roaming fees by 2016

Three of the UK’s mobile network operators have signed up to a government-brokered agreement to work towards scrapping the ‘roaming’ charges that customers pay when using their phones abroad.

Authorities say they will work with Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulatory, and the industry to develop a “UK government position for on-going negotiations in the EU that will help us achieve the goal of eliminating roaming charges within the EU by 2016”.

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