EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race

Remains to be seen exactly what 5G will do that current 4G gear cannot


BRUSSELS/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China and Japan and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies.

Europe, once a leader in the 1990s in the second-generation GSM technology standard for mobile phone networks moving into the digital era, has fallen behind the United States, Japan and South Korea in the deployment of the latest 4G standard for mobile broadband services.

Huawei bumps up patent portfolio as 5G era draws near: CEO

Commercial launch of 5G is expected to begin in 2020


BARCELONA (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world's second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Huawei, also the world's fourth-largest maker of smartphones, has said it plans to spend $600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018.

But speaking to reporters at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Huawei Chief Executive Ken Hu said that 5G research spending was likely to rise, without giving specific figures.

From MWC, Italtel CEO says operators must upgrade to all-IP core to survive

Customer Value and Quality of Experience must be at core of transformation, said Stefano Pileri

BARCELONA – Operators wanting to stay afloat in the rapidly changing telecoms market will need to massively transform their infrastructure in terms of guaranteed bandwidth, communications security, low latency rate and minimum cost for increased capacity, Italtel’s CEO Stefano Pileri has warned.

AT&T to hook up its automated home and connected car services

Customers to pay through Mobile Share Value plan


NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will link its connected car and smart home technologies to bolster its foothold in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the company and rivals ranging from Verizon to Google Inc.

Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud

Partnership designed to make operators more competitive with Google, Facebook and Amazon


BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacenters, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

"We will build datacenter equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves," Ericsson's chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday.

Europe's big telecoms roar back to health, worrying rivals

Incumbents gained broadband market share in 1H 2014 for first time in 8 years


PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's big telecom firms are back to rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure, drawing crowds of new investors and protests from rivals who worry the formerly state-owned companies may rebuild their monopolies.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor  have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector.

IBM targets $40 billion in cloud, other growth areas by 2018

Revenue growth strategy includes analytics, mobile, social and security


(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018.

The aggressive target, set by IBM executives at the company's annual investor meeting in New York on Thursday, is the latest step for the technology giant towards emerging, high-margin businesses, and away from its previous strongholds in hardware and servers.

M2M and IoT: What does it mean for the Mobile Network Operator?

New report forecasts to 2019 with analysis of key drivers, success factors, and industry dynamics

The Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications market is seen as the future for wireless revenue growth with various reports touting market size to reach 50 billion connections by 2020.

Qualcomm deal sparks China smartphone patent skirmishes

Settlement has allowed wireless patent holders like ZTE and Huawei Technologies to seek royalties

BEIJING (Reuters) - Last summer, lawyers from Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp began writing to half a dozen local handset makers it believed used its patents. Its message was simple: it's time to pay up.

ZTE's efforts to collect patent royalties - months ahead of Qualcomm Inc's China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter - shows how that deal has already changed the way China's booming smartphone industry does business.

Telecity looks to 'cloud' growth with $2.2 billion Interxion deal

Demand for premium data centers driven by processing for smartphones


LONDON (Reuters) - British data center provider Telecity Group Plc has agreed a non-binding $2.2 billion all-share deal to buy New York-listed Interxion Holding NV, looking to tap growing demand for "cloud" technology.

Shares in Telecity, which like its new partner operates some of the huge computer centers which process traffic on the Internet, rose more than 16 percent to their highest in some 19 months.

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