For U.S. tech firms, China entices in spite of tight state control

Even pro-internet freedom firms may have to put moral outrage to the side

Reuters

TIANJIN CHINA (Reuters) - The sheer size of the Chinese market is so alluring to Western companies that even pro-internet freedom firms like CloudFlare may have to put moral outrage to the side in their pursuit of new business.

San Francisco-based CloudFlare has a policy of providing cyber-defense services for all, based on a belief that the internet should be free, decentralized and open.

Telefonica trials to take AT&T home security technology overseas

AT&T in talks with numerous other potential global partners

Reuters

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc <T.N> on Monday said Spain's Telefonica SA <TEF.MC> will license its home security technology for limited trials in Europe as the U.S. carrier hopes it has found a new way to profit from its nascent connected-home business.

Telefonica will offer European customers a version of Digital Life, AT&T's home monitoring and automation system, for three to six months before evaluating results of the trial, said Steven Bartholomew, a Telefonica spokesman.

Verizon to pay $7.4 million over failure to notify consumers on privacy rights

Operator to send opt-out notices on every bill and pay the largest fine in FCC's history of personal data settlements

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay $7.4 million to settle a U.S. investigation that found the company failed to notify properly some customers of their privacy rights before using their information for marketing, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

China targets own operating system to take on likes of Microsoft, Google

OS would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices

Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cyber security. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Google's mobile operating system Android.

FleetCor to buy payments processor Comdata for $3.45 billion

Provider of fleet fuel cards for trucking looks to expand into virtual payments

Reuters

(Reuters) - FleetCor Technologies Inc said it would buy payments processing company Comdata Inc from Ceridian LLC for $3.45 billion in its biggest deal as it looks to expand into the virtual payments market.

Comdata, which was acquired by payroll and employee benefits processing company Ceridian in 1995 for $900 million, provides fleet fuel cards for the trucking industry, payroll cards and gift cards among other services.

Global Service Provider Dramatically Improves Mobile Backhaul Efficiency to Drive OPEX Savings

Disparate legacy OSS systems had inhibited the Network Operations Center from remotely diagnosing and solving traffic jams

A global tier 1 Service Provider (SP) was experiencing a common issue: its circuit inventory data was untrustworthy, so it could not rapidly isolate faults and lacked the granular network intelligence to build out capacity, when and where it was needed. The SP had tried the common solution of periodically purchasing costly blanket bandwidth upgrades but still encountered the symptoms.

Service Orchestration Improves OPEX and CAPEX for Global Tier 1 Operators

Technician’s view from inside the Network Operations Centre (NOC) of a global tier 1 communications service provider (CSP)

The first problem was the trustworthiness of the inventory data. The manual processes for performance analytics and service level agreement (SLA) monitoring were also a major challenge as they were inefficient, error-prone and time-consuming.

New online service disruptions in China; activists see HK protest link

Anti-censorship groups say government blocked info of pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Access to online services such as messaging app Line and photo-sharing site Flickr was disrupted in China this week, a step that anti-censorship groups said was carried out by the government to block information about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Reuters reporters in China were unable to send messages on Line, owned by South Korea's Naver Corp 035420.KS, and KakaoTalk, owned by South Korean firm Kakao Corp. Both companies told Reuters they did not know the cause of the disruption or when service would return to normal.

U.S. sues T-Mobile USA, alleges cramming of bogus charges on bills

FTC asked the court to order the fourth-largest U.S. mobile brand to stop cramming, provide refunds and give up revenues

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities filed a complaint against T-Mobile USA on Tuesday, accusing the wireless provider of adding millions of dollars of unauthorized charges onto customers' bills, a practice known as "cramming."

The charges were for subscriptions for services like horoscopes or celebrity gossip delivered by text message, which often cost $9.99 a month. T-Mobile USA received 35 to 40 percent of the amount charged, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said.

Satellite Ecosystem Alignment Improves Broadband Bottom Line

Satellite operators and service providers develop technology to meet rising broadband demand

In the telecommunications sector, there are two things of which we can be certain.  The first is that change is constant.  The second is that we will consume more data tomorrow than we did today.

The exploding popularity of entertainment options – combined with the increased availability of smart phones, tablets and laptops – has dramatically transformed how we consume content and communicate with one another. 

Syndicate content

Featured Reports

Mobile Infrastructure in China

Historically, network infrastructure is the most expensive component in a mobile operator's overall CAPEX, which holds true in China, the biggest and fastest growing 4G market in the world. This report provides an in-depth overview of market revenue, equipment shipments, and the competitive landscape for carriers.  Buy now

M2M, IoT, Sensors, and Connected World:

    Market and Forecast 2015 – 2020 

This report assesses the overall Sensor marketplace for IoT, evaluates leading vendors, identifies key IoT functionality, and forecasts the market for sensor adoption and revenue. Key areas covered include Sensor hardware and software design, protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks, as well as Sensor Data Fusion, Multi-sensing and Soft Sensors.  Buy now