EU to investigate UK mobile payments joint venture

Reuters

European Union antitrust regulators said on Friday they will examine whether a joint venture between the three largest British telecoms companies on mobile payment technologies and advertising falls foul of competition rules.

Datacentres Europe 2012

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
End Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Datacentres 2012, Europe’s leading content driven event for end users, telcos, datacenter operators, cloud players, energy specialists and companies engaged in the sector. Taking place at the Acropolis convention center in Nice, France 23-24 May, the event brings together users, specifiers and providers to discuss key themes including energy efficiency, cloud evolution, DCIM, convergence, finance and investment, market outlook and opportunities among other topics. 

France Telecom finalizes terms of Mobinil $2billion buyout

Reuters

France Telecom has finalized a deal to buy most of its partner's stake in Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil for $2 billion, leaving the venture with 95% French ownership but significant Egyptian board and management presence.


France Telecom was already the biggest shareholder in Mobinil, and Egypt is a key part of its effort to expand in high-growth emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East.

Cinterion powers real-time M2M information system for German train stations

Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, announced on Wednesday that its M2M technology is powering Deutsche Bahn’s new passenger information system. Deutsche Bahn, a railway network operator in Germany, is implementing Cinterion’s system in train stations across the country to deliver up-to-the-minute information on departures and delays.

Telecom Italia, Microsoft collaborate on cloud for SMB

Last week, Telecom Italia and Microsoft signed an agreement to collaborate on cloud computing-based IT services to promote digital development for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Everything Everywhere prepares to sell spectrum

Reuters

British mobile operator Everything Everywhere has appointed Morgan Stanley to sell spectrum for the roll-out of a 4G mobile broadband network in the UK, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

M2M technology used to prevent HIV infection in Africa

On Thursday, Sequoia Technology, a provider of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment, and technology partner Telit Wireless Solutions, announced the development of a way for rural medical clinics in Africa to wirelessly receive HIV test results of expectant mothers within days of testing.

EU reaches deal to lower mobile roaming fees

Reuters

The European Commission and European lawmakers and governments reached an agreement to reform mobile roaming fees, allowing consumers to pay less for calls, texts and mobile web services when travelling abroad, in a measure that could hit telecom industry profits.


The deal announced on Wednesday is expected to be approved by the European Parliament in May and would take effect in July.

Vodafone Hungary moves to IP network, works with Tellabs

On Tuesday, Vodafone Hungary announced it will move to an IP/Ethernet-based infrastructure and expand its geographic coverage in Hungary. The service provider chose Tellabs to modernize its current mobile backhaul network.

ZTE to curtail business in Iran

Reuters

ZTE Corp, China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker, said it will "curtail" its business in Iran following a report that it had sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring telephone and Internet communications.


Reuters reported Thursday that ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) had signed a $130.6 million contract with the Telecommunication Co of Iran in December 2010 that included the surveillance system.

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