Telecom operators have begun to announce results for the second quarter of 2011. Earnings varied in the second quarter of 2011, but many European telecom companies are predicted to struggle due to weaker markets. In the U.S., both Verizon and AT&T performed better than expected, but Verizon fell short on iPhone sales, lagging behind AT&T.
Vodafone Group PLC (London, England), who was predicted to outperform other European telecom providers, reported a Q2 data revenue growth of 24.5% year-on-year, to $2.1 billion in 2Q11.
This month backhaul equipment providers began releasing financial results for the second quarters of 2011. Overall, most backhaul providers posted lower-than-expected results, with Calix being one of the only companies to make a profit this quarter. Generally, loss in revenue was unique to each company, with a slow market having a small contributing factor.
Orange (Paris, France) and Google (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) on Wednesday announced a partnership that will use Orange’s Short Message Service (SMS) platform to bring Google’s services to African and Middle Eastern customers.
According to Orange, at the end of 2010, only 1.4% of the population in Africa and Middle East had access to broadband services, compared to 62.5% for mobile services. Orange has a total customer base of around 60 million customers across Africa.
On Wednesday research firm Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland) announced a new report that provides an overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in Malaysia.
Wireless telecom firm T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.) said it will begin offering unlimited data service plans starting July 24. The unlimited plans will be available with a two-year agreement for new and existing customers.
T-mobile said the plans offer single-line and multiline options with a range of price points for talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2 gigabytes (GB), 5 GB or 10 GB of high-speed data-- with no data overage charges.
Actelis Networks (Fremont, Calif., U.S.A.), a supplier of Ethernet over copper, on Wednesday announced that WYDOT (Wyoming Department of Transportation) has deployed the company’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as part of a revitalization of the state capital’s transportation network, which serves nearly 60,000 residents. Actelis’ML690 aggregation switches, ML622 and ML680 EADs were deployed across the city’s copper network to provide real-time troubleshooting and monitoring capabilities.
Spanish mobile operator Yoigo (Madrid, Spain) is expanding and increasing the capacity of its 3G network, aiming to triple its customers and gain 10% of the Spanish market by 2015. Yoigo selected equipment manufacturer Tellabs (Naperville, Ill., U.S.A.) 8600 Managed Edge System to manage the anticipated increase in data traffic.
On Wednesday it was reported that Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany) has expressed interest to the Belgian government in acquiring a stake in Belgacom SA (Brussels, Belgium). The Belgian government is Belgacom’s largest shareholder.
Deutsche Telekom approached the Belgian government in the first few months of the year to see if it was planning to sell part of its 53.5% stake, the Belgian French-language paper said, citing an unnamed source.
Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter, which ended on June 25. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and a quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion. These results compare to revenue of $15.70 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion in the third quarter of 2010.
Gross margin was 41.7% compared to 39.1% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.
Last week the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) submitted a letter to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the “poor administration of the Rural Healthcare program.”
The Rural Health Care Program is designed to provide discounts to eligible rural healthcare providers for telecommunication services and monthly internet service charges. It also aims to deploy telehealth services where immediate health services are not readily available.