France sold off a first batch of fourth-generation mobile frequencies for 1.28 billion, granting licenses to all four major telecom operators in an auction that will structure the market for years to come.
Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom (Paris, France) and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad (Paris, France) put in the highest bids to win the two larger blocks of 20 megahertz.
Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues Telecom (Paris, France) were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz, ARCEP said in a statement on Thursday.
Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer at eMeter (San Mateo, Calif., U.S.A.), a global smart grid software platform provider, is urging policymakers to adopt a universal smart grid vision for consumers in response to slow deployment of consumer-oriented smart meter functionality.
Telecommunications provider Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) and Masternaut (Paris, France), a provider of vehicle tracking management, have reached an agreement to jointly market telematics-enabled fleet management services. Both Telefonica and Masternaut will share product roadmaps to create products, according to Telefonica.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), the world's second largest network equipment maker, expects its deals in the enterprise sector to total more than $7 billion by next year, banking on demand from key markets such as China, a senior executive said.
Huawei also plans to triple staff numbers at its enterprise unit to about 30,000 in the next three years from 10,000 expected by the end of this year, to compete with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc and Hewlett-Packard Co, with half in research and development.
On Wednesday, equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) and telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid, Spain) announced an initiative to deliver 4G mobile broadband services in Europe with the deployment of LTE technology that will enable the launch of the first 4G wireless network in Spain.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Union's (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) jointly announced their intention to work together on smart grid standards development, emphasizing common goals and areas of focus.
The Telekom Austria Group (Vienna Austria), a telecom provider, on Tuesday announced that it has set up a new subsidiary in the M2M business field. The new company, the Telekom Austria Group M2M GmbH, acts as the competence and service center of the Telekom Austria Group, focusing solely on the development and marketing of M2M services, according to the company.
Verizon Communications (New York)
Silicon Valley is home to some of the most powerful technology companies in the world. Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Sony, IBM and Oracle all headquarter in and around the Silicon Valley, and many of those companies started and built their company there. With so many technology companies headquartered in the area, it makes sense that Vodafone (London, England) decided to launch a Research and Development (R&D) Center in that same location.
TIM Participacoes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company, said on Tuesday its controlling shareholder Telecom Italia has no plans to sell part of its stake in the Brazilian company.
The statement from TIM Participacoes came in a securities filing responding to a report by newspaper Valor Economico that Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy) was preparing to sell some of its 67% stake in the local company, calling TIM Brazil, while retaining control.