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. 

Services Automation Gets Its Day in the Sun

New service automation software provides flexibility for easy upgrades

Service providers are looking to compete more effectively today, while preparing their networks to support more dynamic, on-demand and customized service options in the coming years. With ubiquitous fiber and Carrier Ethernet standardization, a key area of differentiation for carriers is service deployment speed and service-level agreements (SLAs).

New service automation software is emerging that helps carriers evolve their network and OSS toward an on-demand service delivery capability that provides flexibility for easy service upgrades or changes as a customer grows.

Analytics in Action: A Tale of Two Customers

Operators can segment customers to capitalize on connectivity with personalized plans

Analytics is one of the most valuable resources for today’s communication service providers. Those who know how to properly leverage and transform subscriber data into new revenue opportunities will be well positioned to overcome traditional utility pricing challenges and emerge as true digital lifestyle providers.

Deutsche Telekom to lay off 6,000 T-Systems workers: report

Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut up to 6,000 jobs at its T-Systems IT division, according to a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt.

The layoffs would reduce the size of the T-Systems workforce in Germany by more than a fifth from its current level of 29,000 employees, and is said to be aimed at streamlining operations to make the IT business more competitive.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has confirmed that it is planning restructuring measures to the Wall Street Journal but refused to comment on speculation about the number of jobs that will be affected.

Enabling Roaming Across LTE Networks

Mobile operators should review their connectivity options

The mobile operator community is working to address the increasing need for bandwidth that accompanies the rollout of next generation 4G networks. These Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks pave the way to full IP convergence, which operators see as a key to enabling accelerated time-to-market of new services that can drive customer satisfaction and generate new revenues. 

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