A new era for mobile cloud billing and payments

The ability to pay for goods and services using a mobile device has been around since the early days of the mobile industry. Initially, Premium SMS was used as the primary mechanism for mobile payments, mainly for digital goods such as ringtones and wallpapers. This was followed by WAP billing, which offered advantages such as a more streamlined user experience and the separation of the payment method and delivery channel. Both these mechanisms have enjoyed considerable success in the market and are still widely used today.

TIM Brazil says Telecom Italia not selling stake

Reuters

TIM Participacoes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company, said on Tuesday its controlling shareholder Telecom Italia has no plans to sell part of its stake in the Brazilian company.

The statement from TIM Participacoes came in a securities filing responding to a report by newspaper Valor Economico that Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy) was preparing to sell some of its 67% stake in the local company, calling TIM Brazil, while retaining control.

Sprint sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Reuters

Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A) sued to stop AT&T Inc's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA (Bonn, Germany), staking out its own private antitrust claims alongside the U.S. government's challenge to the deal.

Sprint may have filed its own case in the event that the Justice Department comes to a settlement with AT&T, said Eleanor Fox, a professor at New York University School of Law.

"It may want to have its action out there just in case," she said.

French court rejects call to stop wireless auction

Reuters

France's highest administrative court rejected a bid by telecom operator Iliad (Paris, France) to block the government's auction of fourth-generation mobile licenses.  Broadband provider Iliad had petitioned France's Conseil d'Etat for an emergency injunction to suspend the auction, set to begin on September 15, saying it was not fair to all telecom operators.

New Product Roundup

Below is a list of new products announced this week in the telecom industry.

Ceragon: compact, all-outdoor packet for 4G/LTE backhaul

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (Paramus, N.J., U.S.A.), a wireless backhaul vendor, announced the release of a compact, all-outdoor, high-capacity wireless packet for 4G/LTE backhaul.

Kenya seeks partners for 4G network

Reuters

On Monday, Kenya announced that it invites investors interested in partnering with the country to build a fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) services network, as it plans to ramp up investment in the country's telecoms industry.

AT&T issues statement on Department of Justice action

Shortly after the U.S. government moved to block AT&T’s (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany), AT&T issued a statement making it rather apparent that the service provider did not know about the governments intensions beforehand.

In the statement AT&T says they are “surprised and disappointed” by the government’s actions, especially after AT&T met with the Department of Justice (DOJ), who gave no indication that an action was being considerate by the government.

U.S. government files to block AT&T, T-Mobile deal

Reuters

The U.S. government filed to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA because of anti-competition concerns, launching the biggest challenge to a takeover by the Obama administration.

A failed deal would be expensive for AT&T, which plans to fight the government's decision in court. It promised to pay a breakup fee worth an estimated $6 billion, including $3 billion in cash, spectrum and a roaming agreement for T-Mobile USA.

Motorola deal could offer Google huge tax, patent benefits

Reuters

Google Inc's (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (Schaumburg, Ill., U.S.A.) will bring an unusual stable of tax and accounting benefits to the search-engine giant. The deal also underscores a trend by technology companies to snap up patents in a bid to stave off competitive threats and patent-infringement lawsuits. Google's patent portfolio is seen as one of the weakest in the industry.

Verizon acquires cloud software company

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Verizon Communications Inc. (New York) announced last week that it has acquired CloudSwitch, a provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help to boost industry adoption, says the company Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, which aims to enhance Verizon's hybrid-cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities, according to the service provider.

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