Analysis: texting profits at risk as users look elsewhere

Reuters

Text-messaging has long been a big-time profit generator for U.S. mobile operators, but they now risk losing these profits as consumers find cheaper ways to communicate.  SMS (short message service) is currently generating an estimated 12% of service revenue for U.S. operators, but now many consumers are turning to low-cost alternatives like iMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook's mobile messaging service.

Verizon ditches $2 fee after customer, FCC criticism

Reuters

Verizon Wireless has reversed its decision to charge a $2 fee for telephone and online bill payments, bowing to a storm of criticism from consumers and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The biggest U.S. wireless operator retracted its decision on Friday, just a day after it announced the fee for one-time payments, which was to have begun January 15.

Deutsche Telekom settles U.S. bribery probes

Reuters

Deutsche Telekom AG will pay more than $95 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil charges that a Hungarian unit and three former executives schemed to bribe government officials in Macedonia and Montenegro. Regulators said the charges arose from the company's Magyar Telekom unit having in 2005 and 2006 arranged payments of $15.8 million to intermediaries, expecting some or all of the money to be funneled to the officials in exchange for business benefits.

U.S. Army expands M2M wireless mesh network in Kuwait

Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, the asset tracking and monitoring division of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a contract of approximately $3.5 million from the U.S. Army to expand the use of Next Generation Wireless Communications (NGWC) services, which employs Cubic's wireless mesh network for yard management applications at three U.S. bases in Kuwait.

Mitsui to invest in U.S. smart-grid project

Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co will invest about $12 million in U.S. energy trading company Tres Amigas LLC.  Tres Amigas is involved in a project to link North America’s three primary power grids - the Western Interconnection, Eastern Interconnection and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - using smart grid technology.

Telecom Council Predictions 2012

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
End Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

San Jose, CA:

Telecom Council Executive Forum members, delegates and our invited experts go on the record with predictions for 2012, so take notes! We kick off with official predictions from experts from many telecom sectors who will share their views of what to expect for 2012. Then, we put the questions to you by asking you to enter your predictions in our survey. Your predictions are a contest entry, to see who gets bragging rights next year. 

Telecom Council Mobile Forum: Connected Car

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
End Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012

Silicon Valley:

When major telecom players talk about M2M, the Internet of Things, and 50 billion connected devices by 2020, you'd better believe that cars are one of the hottest focus areas. Like phones, cars are very "personal devices", and they come with screen real estate, tremendous battery power, a captive audience…but also many safety constraints. Automobiles are starting to join the mobile Internet party. 

U.S. DOJ investigates Verizon spectrum deals with cable companies

Reuters

Perhaps Verizon was a bit hasty in its decision to stop growing its FiOS TV and broadband Internet business in favor of wireless partnerships with big cable companies. U.S. regulators have launched a probe into Verizon’s recent wireless spectrum agreements, which could leave the largest wireless carrier walking away empty-handed.

AT&T, T-Mobile Deal, what it means for M2M and RACO Wireless

In light of AT&T’s aborted deal to acquire T-Mobile’s North American assets, it remains to be seen how this will affect the M2M industry.  T-Mobile’s M2M group in North America was led by John Horn, who recently left the company (with much of his team) for RACO Wireless, with the understanding that RACO w

AT&T deal collapse may benefit telecom equipment makers

Reuters

The collapse of AT&T's deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's U.S. wireless unit may be welcome news for telecom network equipment makers, as money earmarked for the merger will be freed up for investments.

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