VimpelCom strikes Windows Phone deal with Microsoft, Nokia

VimpelCom has struck a deal with Microsoft and Nokia that will allow its customers to buy digital content from the Windows Phone store via their mobile accounts.

The operator says the cost of any application, game or music will either be deducted from a customer’s prepaid card or added to the monthly bill.

France Telecom prepares to sell 20% stake in Sonaecom

France Telecom says it has entered into a put-and-call-option agreement with Sonae that will allow it to sell its entire 20% stake in Portugal’s Sonaecom.

The call is exercisable by Sonae (Maia, Portugal), which owns 53.17% of Sonaecom (Porto, Portugal), over the next 18 months, while the put will be exercisable by France Telecom in the three months following this initial period.

Google hits back against BT with patent lawsuits

Reuters

Google Inc and its Motorola Mobility unit struck back on Wednesday against BT Group Plc, filing patent lawsuits against the British telecommunications group more than a year after BT launched its own lawsuit against Google.

BT (London, UK), Britain's dominant fixed-line telecoms group, sued Google (Mountain View, USA) in 2011 over six patents related to mobile technology. But in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in a California federal court, Google asserted four patents of its own.

Internet Retailing Expo (IRX) 2013

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
End Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013

United Kingdom:

The Internet Retailing Expo (IRX) is the UK’s largest trade event for online and multichannel retailers. It has 6 conferences, all free to attend, which cover Internet Retailing In-Store, Operations and Logistics, the Customer Journey, International and Cross-Border, Online Merchandising and Social-Local-Mobile. 

Vodafone considering takeover of Kabel Deutschland: report

UK operator Vodafone is considering an acquisition of German cable company Kabel Deutschland, according to German publication manager magazin.

Both companies refused to comment on the speculation, but manager magazin claims that Jens Schulte-Bockum, the chief executive of Vodafone Deutschland, and Warren Finegold, the group strategy and business development director for Vodafone (Newbury, UK), have already put a business plan for the takeover in front of Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive.

They also suggest that Colao is in favour of the acquisition.

Telenor ramps up investments to support shift to data

Reuters

Mobile telecoms firm Telenor expects to accelerate investments in data and digital services this year as customers flock to its higher margin products, it said on Wednesday.

Telenor (Fornebu, Norway), which has around 150 million customers in Europe and Asia, will continue to roll out its third generation (3G) service in Thailand and fibre network in Norway to take advantage of "exploding" demand, and could also invest in 3G services elsewhere in Asia and in Denmark.

Nokia protests against Indian tax probe

Reuters

Finnish phone maker Nokia said on Tuesday it was protesting against a tax investigation in India, a crucial market, in the latest dispute involving a foreign company's tax.

Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) said it has not yet received any information on potential claims resulting from the investigation that started in January.

Ericsson and Gemalto aim to simplify M2M adoption

Swedish network-equipment vendor Ericsson has formed an alliance with Dutch digital-security specialist Gemalto aimed at simplifying the adoption of M2M services.

The companies say their partnership will address operators’ need to meet enterprise M2M requirements and for sophisticated business-process integration.

It will combine Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform with Gemalto’s Subscription Management Platform, providing “an integrated M2M solution”.

Kamstrup and Elster team up on smart meters

Smart-meter providers Kamstrup and Elster have struck a deal aimed at strengthening their proposition and providing a “strong integrated smart meter network for utilities”.

The companies say the deal was done partly in response to utilities’ demand for more than one provider of radio-frequency (RF) technology.

Their solution is based on Kamstrup’s standardised RF technology, and Kamstrup (Skanderborg, Denmark) says this will help utilities to avoid “a vendor lock-in”.

Telefonica partners with Generali on usage-based motor insurance

Telefonica has partnered with insurance company Generali Seguros to provide an insurance service to Spanish motorists that calculates premiums according to driving habits.

The companies say the service, branded “Pago como conduzco”, will be of particular benefit to younger drivers with good driving habits.

Customers stand to save up to 40% compared with a conventional policy, argue the companies.

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