AT&T may have to settle for weaker T-Mobile tie-up

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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.

Cloud could cut energy data center consumption 31% by 2020

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, Visa team up on mobile payments

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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.

Sprint discontinues Premier program

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.

Clearwire, China Mobile sign 4G agreement

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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.

Huawei targets enterprise deals at $7 billion by 2012

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), the world's second largest network equipment maker, expects its deals in the enterprise sector to total more than $7 billion by next year, banking on demand from key markets such as China, a senior executive said.

Huawei also plans to triple staff numbers at its enterprise unit to about 30,000 in the next three years from 10,000 expected by the end of this year, to compete with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc and Hewlett-Packard Co, with half in research and development.

FCC issued notice for more GPS testing for LightSquared

On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice stating that more GPS interference tests are needed before LightSquared (Reston, Va., U.S.A.) can begin operations of its 4G-LTE nationwide wireless broadband network.

Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica announce 4G mobile broadband program in Spain

On Wednesday, equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) and telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid, Spain) announced an initiative to deliver 4G mobile broadband services in Europe with the deployment of LTE technology that will enable the launch of the first 4G wireless network in Spain.

Cisco reassures Wall Street on post-revamp earnings

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Equipment vendor Cisco Systems Inc (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) slashed its long-term forecasts, acknowledging that it will find it harder to drive growth even after cutting thousands of jobs in a sweeping reorganization.

The cut, while sharp, was largely in line with Wall Street expectations and investors pushed Cisco's shares 2% higher, relieved that the overhaul was bearing fruit by reducing costs and setting Cisco on a path for slower but more stable growth.

UPS Worldwide Fleet Ops offer glimpse of best practices, standards

In an exclusive interview with M2M Newsdesk, UPS’s Jim Medeiros, vice president of Shared Services, describes the company’s systems and the benefits realized with the broad deployment of telematics technology for fleet management. Real-time vehicular monitoring helped the shipping giant reduce the amount of fuel consumed per package in the United States by 3.3% and engine idling time by 15.4% in 2010. Data sensors track how vehicles perform mechanically, as well as a driver’s route and behavior behind the wheel.

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