Sprint, Cisco launch cloud-based unified communications platform

On Monday, Sprint, partnered with Cisco, announced the availability of Sprint Complete Collaboration, a fully managed unified communications (UC) bundle for mid-sized and large businesses. This cloud service will allow companies to deploy UC over an all-IP network across the enterprise and to virtually anywhere, says Sprint.

Telstra deploys Infinera DTN service for subsea network in Asia Pacific

Infinera, a manufacturer of long-haul WDM optical transmission equipment, announced on Monday that Telstra International, a global supplier of managed network and hosting services, has deployed Infinera’s 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) DTN service for its optical subsea network in Asia. The deployment spans approximately 9,000 kilometers between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.


Telstra International is a division of Telstra Corporation Limited (Melbourne, Australia), a telecommunications and media services company.

Mobey Forum adds first non-banking full member

In response to the rapid evolution of the mobile financial services (MFS) ecosystem, Mobey Forum has published new Articles of Association which open full membership to all supervised payment institutions. The global bank-led industry association has announced its first non-banking Full Member, Nets (Ballerup, Denmark), a northern European payment service provider.

Cellphone-to-WiFi roaming will be here in next year, says GSMA

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Within a year cellphones will be able to use operators' WiFi hotspots without cumbersome logging-in procedures, giving consumers faster access to the Internet on the go, a new industry initiative promised on Tuesday.


The initiative from two industry groups - the GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance - aims to provide technical and commercial solutions for WiFi roaming, which would also ease the traffic load on operators' already crowded networks.

U.S. mobile backhaul demand to grow more than nine times by 2016

The decisions to lease, reengineer, or build a mobile backhaul network is the critical dilemma facing wireless carriers over the next four years. According to a study by iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry, the wireless industry is at the point where 2G, 2.5G, 3G, HSPA+ and 4G LTE technologies, using macro, metro, and picocells, must be simultaneously supported in order to maintain financial performance and a high degree of subscriber satisfaction.

Speed management tool could save ships 3% annually on fuel costs

Eniram Ltd., a provider of real time decision-support systems for the shipping industry, claims that its latest machine-to-machine (M2M) software tool will help change the way the shipping industry manages speed, engine use and fuel consumption.


Eniram’s (Helsinki, Finland) new product, Optimum Speed Assistant (OSA), launched last week, is an onboard decision support tool that enables a ship’s crew to attain the optimum speed profile for each voyage, allowing vessels to maintain a constant performance and arrive into ports just in time.

Iberdrola to deploy an additional one million smart meters in Spain

Iberdrola, a Spanish utility company, has awarded seven companies contracts to supply one million meters with remote management capabilities, to advance its smart grid projects in Spain.


This award follows others made by the company in the last two years to roll out new distribution technology in the country. With this new award, accumulated investment reaches $395 million.

Gemalto issues additional 15 Million eHealth cards in Germany

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, will issue an additional 15 million second-generation (2G) eHealth cards to AOK in 2012. AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse), the health insurance fund, looks after around 25 million people, approximately one third of the population in Germany.

LTE hotspots, a better alternative to smartphone tethering

Worldwide data networks are about to be buried beneath an avalanche of wireless data traffic. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that by 2015, there will be 26 times as much mobile data traffic as there was in 2010 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 92%. Cisco VNI also projects that, by 2015, there will be two network-connected devices for every man, woman, and child on the planet—with WiFi and mobile devices accounting for 54% of all IP traffic.  

Telefonica invests in mobile payments firm Boku

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Telefonica SA, Spain's largest phone company, is investing in Boku to help the mobile payments start-up expand.