Nokia Siemens Networks to provide LTE upgrade in Japan

On Monday, Nokia Siemens Networks announced that Softbank Mobile Corp is upgrading its mobile broadband network across Japan using its technology and services. Softbank has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and integrate its 4G, FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex – Long Term Evolution) network, which is expects to have running by the fall of 2012.

EU to investigate UK mobile payments joint venture

Reuters

European Union antitrust regulators said on Friday they will examine whether a joint venture between the three largest British telecoms companies on mobile payment technologies and advertising falls foul of competition rules.

Report: Ethernet Microwave growing 5-fold by 2016

Market research firm Infonetics Research on Thursday released excerpts from a pair of recently published forecast reports, which tracks Ethernet, TDM, and hybrid microwave equipment by spectrum, capacity, form factor, and architecture, and Millimeter Wave Equipment, which tracks unlicensed E band 60GHz, licensed E band 70--90GHz, and W band 75--110 GHz millimeter wave equipment by network application.

Mobile money takes different forms in Africa, Japan, U.S.

Over the last decade mobile payments have started to become a reality in many markets.  According to the TM Forum, depending on the conditions of the market communications service providers operate in, different value chains and opportunities can present themselves.  Below are excerpts from TM Forum’s Quick Insights Report, “Mobile Money in Action: Exploring the Value Chain” which covers markets ranging from M-PESA in Kenya to the Google Wallet in the United States.


M-PESA in Kenya

ZTE planned U.S. computer sale to Iran

Reuters

China's ZTE Corp, which recently sold Iran's largest telecommunications firm a powerful surveillance system, later agreed to ship to Iran millions of dollars worth of embargoed U.S. computer equipment, documents show.

France Telecom finalizes terms of Mobinil $2billion buyout

Reuters

France Telecom has finalized a deal to buy most of its partner's stake in Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil for $2 billion, leaving the venture with 95% French ownership but significant Egyptian board and management presence.


France Telecom was already the biggest shareholder in Mobinil, and Egypt is a key part of its effort to expand in high-growth emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East.

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.

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