Belgian telecoms incumbent Belgacom has followed several European peers into the field of M2M application management, launching a new platform for M2M developers and companies looking to take advantage of M2M services.
Branded the “Belgacom M2M factory”, the new platform will allow customers to design and manage M2M applications using the various hardware, applications and connectivity building blocks available though Belgacom’s (Brussels, Belgium) fixed and mobile networks.
Europe is set to be the next big growth market for M2M-enabled healthcare services, after North America, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.
While the potential telehealth opportunity in North America is widely recognized, Europe has tended to lag in this area, with most M2M companies focused on the rollout of smart home, connected car and telematics services.
Module maker u-blox has partnered with semiconductor designer ARM on the development of a “cellular kit” for the design of wirelessly connected location-aware devices used to support M2M services.
The companies have branded their joint offering the C027 “Internet of Things Starter Kit” and plan to conduct a demonstration of the technology at this week’s ARM TechCon conference being hosted in California.
Croatian incumbent Hrvatski Telekom has filed an application to participate in an auction of 800MHz airwaves that regulatory authorities failed to sell a year ago.
The operator – controlled by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (Bonn) – was one of two companies to win a 2x10MHz block of 800MHz spectrum during an auction in October 2012, paying €20 million ($27.6 million) for its license.
Rival operator Vipnet, the other license winner, also paid €20 million for its concession, but the remaining 2x10MHz block remained unsold at the auction’s conclusion.
France’s Numericable is reported to have announced plans for an initial public offering valuing the cable company at some €5.57 billion ($7.69 billion).
According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, the operator plans to raise around €652.5 million in new capital, including €250 million from a capital increase.
Meanwhile, private-equity owners Carlyle and Cinven are looking to sell another €402.2 million as part of the offering, which would give Numericable (Paris, France) an enterprise value of between €5.06 billion and €5.57 billion, including €2.75 billion in debt.
The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced that Telenor’s Jon Fredrik Baksaas will serve as its chairman for the remainder of the current Board term, which is set to expire in December 2014.
Baksaas had been appointed as acting chairman following the resignation of Telecom Italia’s (Milan, Italy) Franco Bernabe, who quit his GSMA shortly after stepping down as boss of the Italian phone incumbent.
Shares in America Movil fell nearly 3 percent on Friday after Latin America's biggest phone company reported a sharply lower profit and on concerns over the investment strategy of billionaire Carlos Slim's flagship company.
On a conference call on Friday, a day after the company released quarterly earnings, analysts repeatedly asked questions about America Movil's (Mexico City, Mexico) plans in Europe. The company announced last week it would not proceed with a planned offer for Dutch phone company KPN (The Hague, Netherlands).
Austria's telecoms watchdog will hold a hearing of complaints by operators about the 2 billion euro ($2.8 billion) auction for fourth-generation frequencies, which was criticized for being too expensive.
The 4G auction in Europe's most price-competitive telecoms market raised four times the minimum set by the regulator and was the most expensive in Europe per head of population.
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French telecoms incumbent Orange has reported a slump in earnings and revenues for the three months ending September, with regulation and competition weighing heavily on the operator in its economically challenged European heartlands.
The operator witnessed a 4% drop in revenues, to €10.16 billion ($14 billion), and saw restated earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fall by 7%, to €3.37 billion, in its third quarter.