CTIA: Should M2M skip 3G and go right to 4G?

The question of 2G in M2M has taken an interesting turn at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans.  It seems that people are no longer concentrating solely on how long 2G will be around for M2M, but instead turning their attention to the 3G network.

AT&T plans to launch home automation services

On Monday at CTIA Wireless, AT&T announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services.  Called AT&T Digital Life, the services will give users control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier, says AT&T.

T-Mobile USA selects Ericsson, NSN for $4 billion LTE network upgrade

On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, T-Mobile USA announced that it has selected telecom equipment vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks for the $4 billion upgrade of its LTE network, which is due to launch in 2013. The amount that each company is to be allotted for the upgrade was not disclosed.

Union says Verizon cable deal could end competition

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Allowing proposed multibillion-dollar airwave deals between Verizon Wireless and several cable operators could mean the end of a competitive telecommunications landscape, saddling consumers with higher prices and diminished choice, the largest union for telecoms workers told U.S. regulators.

Verizon launches LTE-to-the-home service

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless launched HomeFusion Broadband, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network.

Massachusetts commuter rails launch e-ticketing system

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, a provider of transit mobile ticketing, jointly announced that they will be bringing mobile ticketing to MBTA commuter rail riders this fall. With applications for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, customers will be able to purchase commuter rail tickets and passes.  Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

AT&T profit beats estimates as iPhone sales drop helps margins

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On Tuesday, AT&T Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as iPhone sales declined, reducing the amount of cash it had to pay Apple Inc and boosting its margins.

Verizon says will sell billions of dollars of spectrum if cable deal closes

Reuters

Verizon Wireless plans to put a chunk of wireless spectrum up for sale as it looks for regulatory approval of its controversial plan to purchase a block of spectrum from cable service providers.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, the spectrum sale could be worth billions of dollars.

Electric Vehicles emissions vary greatly by region

While emissions levels associated with the electricity an electric vehicle (EV) consumes vary widely by region, drivers can expect to reduce emissions compared to average gasoline-powered vehicles, according to a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Broken down by category and divided by electric grid regions, the analysis concludes that in every part of the country, EVs outperform most gasoline-powered vehicl

City to save $2.7 million annually with remote LED light monitoring

On Tuesday, the city council of Chattanooga, Tenn., approved a contract proposal to replace existing municipal lights with high efficiency lighting fixtures that incorporate FlexNet wireless remote monitoring and control capabilities from smart grid infrastructure provider, Sensus.

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