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This M2M Zone conference will brief telecom and enterprise executives on current trends revolving around the explosive growth in machine-to-machine communications (M2M). Three panel sessions will explore major current issues, including the trend towards truly international deployments, use of M2M in the public sector, and the integration of M2M with backbone IT systems.
New Orleans, Louisiana
France sold off a first batch of fourth-generation mobile frequencies for 1.28 billion, granting licenses to all four major telecom operators in an auction that will structure the market for years to come.
Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom (Paris, France) and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad (Paris, France) put in the highest bids to win the two larger blocks of 20 megahertz.
Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues Telecom (Paris, France) were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz, ARCEP said in a statement on Thursday.
Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) is in talks with U.S. wireless operators, including AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Wireless (New York), about selling network capacity while it also eyes raising new funding through equity, debt and vendor financing, according to top company executives.
Clearwire, which needs $900 million in new funding, is also open to selling wireless spectrum, but is not running a sale process, Chief Financial Officer Hope Cochran told Reuters.
Today’s telecom field technicians need to be equip with tools that are able to test a variety of technologies, especially as the industry transitions to a converged network infrastructure. Not only does the equipment need to be versatile, it has to maintain a level of simplicity for technicians troubleshooting in the field. TelecomEngine got a chance to speak with Karim Fahim, Senior Product Line Manager of Transport at EXFO, to discuss the FTB-1 NetBlazer platform, and specifically Exfo’s new offering, the FTB-880.
If AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) fails to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA should go ahead, the pair may end up having to settle for a lesser relationship. While it wouldn't be as attractive as an all-out marriage, a network partnership would sidestep the regulatory heat and give the spectrum-hungry companies more capacity to support high-speed wireless services, according to analysts.
According to a report by research firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), the continued adoption of cloud computing will lead to a reduction of data center energy consumption of 31% from 2010 to 2020. The energy-efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, says the research firm, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Google Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) has enlisted Visa Inc (San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A.) in its effort to push mobile payments, striking an agreement to allow Visa account-holders to pay for store purchases with their smartphones.
Visa comes onboard a “Google Wallet" project already supported by Citigroup, MasterCard, Sprint Nextel Corp and First Data. In May, the group announced a trial of a system that lets shoppers store money on phones and pay at checkout.
On Thursday, Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) a U.S. mobile operator, announced that it would be discontinuing its Premier program by gradually phasing it out over the next few months. The Premier program, implemented in 2009, allowed customers of over 10 years or customers who spent a certain amount of money per month on their wireless plan, privileges such as early and discounted phone upgrades and trials of unreleased products.
China Mobile Communications Corp (Beijing, China) and Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) have teamed up to develop high-speed mobile devices and infrastructure, potentially giving the cash-strapped U.S. 4G operator a technological boost.
Shares of Clearwire closed up 7% at $2.73 after the news as investors bet that Clearwire's collaboration with China Mobile, the world's largest wireless operator, decreased the risks around Clearwire's future technology choice.