Report: mobile tickets quadruple to 23 billion by 2016

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the number of tickets delivered to mobile phones worldwide will more than quadruple to 23 billion by 2016, compared with 4 billion tickets estimated to have been delivered during 2011.

CloudPassage raises $14 million in funding for cloud security

Reuters

Cloud security startup CloudPassage has raised $14 million in second-round funding, with an aim of helping businesses like Foursquare, StrongMail, and others secure their data in the cloud, the company announced Wednesday.

Calix report finds video streaming drives rural internet traffic

On Wednesday, Calix Inc released a report based on analysis of data aggregated from 45 U.S. communications service providers, which provides new insights into Internet application and usage patterns among rural Americans.

Verizon Wireless to charge $30 fee for upgrades

Reuters

Verizon Wireless will start charging customers a $30 fee for cellphone upgrades, on top of the price they pay for the new device, as the company looks to supplement its income to cover costs.


The change at the biggest U.S. mobile provider follows a fourth-quarter decline in its wireless profit margins, which came under pressure from hefty subsidies it had to pay Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., USA) for the popular iPhone. Carriers pay such subsidies because devices like the iPhone help to attract new customers and boost revenue.

Verizon, AT&T push to end universal landline service

Reuters

The guarantee of landline telephone service at almost any address, a legal right many Americans may not even know they have, is quietly being legislated away in U.S. state capitals. AT&T and Verizon, the dominant telephone companies, want to end their 99-year-old universal service obligation known as "provider of last resort." They say universal landline service is a costly and unfair anachronism that is no longer justified because of a competitive market for voice services.

Huawei secures contracts in New Zealand despite Australian ban

Last week, the Australian government announced its decision to ban Huawei Technologies from bidding for contracts in Australia’s $38 billion broadband project due to undefined security concerns. 

Leap, T-Mobile swap spectrum

Leap Wireless International, Inc., a provider of wireless communications services, announced on Monday that it has entered into definitive license exchange agreements with T-Mobile USA, Cook Inlet/VS GSM VII PCS, a joint venture between T-Mobile and Cook Inlet in which T-Mobile has a non-controlling majority interest, and Leap's non-controlled, majority-owned venture Savary Island Wireless, to exchange wireless spectrum in various markets.

Telecom Italia, Microsoft collaborate on cloud for SMB

Last week, Telecom Italia and Microsoft signed an agreement to collaborate on cloud computing-based IT services to promote digital development for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Italy passes telecoms law, EU concerned

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Italian lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation to open up the country's telecoms market despite concerns from the European Commission and telecoms operators such as Telecom Italia that it may undermine the national regulator's independence and power.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

HP awarded U.S. Army contract for cloud computing

HP Enterprise Services on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with enterprise cloud computing services under the Army Private Cloud contract (APC2).

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