France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Publicis Groupe (Paris, France), an advertising and communications company, announced on Monday plans to launch a new venture capital fund. The fund will finance and develop digital start-up, particularly in France and the European Union, says Orange.
Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) last week announced they are collaborating to help application developers, product manufacturers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers deploy new services. The two companies will co-market Sierra Wireless’ M2M Cloud Platform and Sierra Wireless will support Sprint modules pre-certified on its network.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a telehealth software company, on Friday announced an initiative to bring telehealth services to U.S. war veterans in their homes and workplaces. The initiative will use American Well's Online Care system to provide care for veterans, particularly those remotely located from VA medical centers, says American Well.
Tekelec (Morrisville, N.C., U.S.A.), a mobile broadband solutions company, announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by a consortium led by Siris Capital Group, LLC (New York). The transaction was valued at approximately $780 million.
Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) scaled back its profitability goal for the year, raising new doubts about Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen's ability to turn around the long-struggling telecom equipment maker.
Alcatel-Lucent, like rivals Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland), is suffering as telecom operators cut spending on their networks in reaction to macroeconomic uncertainty, especially in Europe.
Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) said it could use the proceeds from a private debt offer to fund Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.), sending shares in the cash-strapped high-speed wireless firm up 8% on Friday.
Sprint sold $4 billion in bonds on Friday, according to underwriters. The company had included Clearwire funding among possible uses for the debt proceeds when it announced the offering on Friday morning.
San Diego, California:
Qualcomm’s Uplinq™ 2012 mobile developers conference will be held June 27-28, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Geared to provide software developers writing for multiple operating systems a cross-platform view of how to exploit the complete hardware-software system in today’s leading mobile devices and to foster the business connections essential to making money in mobile, Uplinq 2012 will focus on the Android, Windows® Phone and Brew® platforms, as well as HTML5.
Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) needs another big wholesale customer to make investors less nervous about buying stock in the wireless service provider, which is majority owned by its biggest customer Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.).
Some on Wall Street worry that Clearwire -- which has been seeking almost $1 billion more financing to fund its operations and upgrade its network -- is over-reliant on Sprint, with which it has clashed repeatedly in the past.
A judge on Wednesday ruled that Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) and C Spire Wireless (Ridgeland, Miss., U.S.A.) can pursue part of their antitrust lawsuit against AT&T Inc's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany).
AT&T and T-Mobile had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle agreed to allow the competitors to pursue their injury claims about the effect the deal would have on the market for wireless devices.
Despite several years of economic woes and rapidly expanding debt, The Republic of Ireland has announced its commitment to Electric Vehicles (EVs) and an aggressive roll-out of charging infrastructure. The country is installing 1,500 public charging stations this year, which puts the country on pace to have a greater penetration per capita than the United States.