MetroPCS selects Ericsson as primary Microwave backhaul provider

On Monday, MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest broadband mobile wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers, announced it has signed a four-year agreement with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to provide microwave backhaul equipment for its broadband mobile networks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ericsson net profit down 66% from year-ago quarter

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Telecom equipment maker Ericsson missed fourth-quarter profit forecasts, hit by lower demand from the United States and Russia, and said weak margins and cautiousness from its operator clients would continue in the short term.  The company posted a fourth quarter net profit of $222 million, down 66% from $651 million in the year-ago quarter and down 61% from last quarter.

EXFO adds cloud, mobile backhaul functions to burst testing

EXFO Inc. announced on Thursday the addition of burst testing functionalities to its Ethernet field-testing instruments.

Edible smart pill monitors medication regiments and health issues

UK community pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy and Proteus Biomedical, Inc., a digital health company, have announced a strategic collaboration to commercialize and launch Helius, a digital health product that combines sensor-enabled tablets, a sensor patch for the body, and a mobile health (mHealth) application to monitor complex medication regiments and health issues.

Digi releases next generation Zigbee smart energy gateway

Digi International on Tuesday introduced an enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband and offers additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates of connected Smart Energy devices.

In 70% of cases teledermatology changes diagnosis

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After a live video consult with a dermatologist, almost every patient who'd previously been checked out by a primary care doctor had a change in their diagnosis or in their treatment, in a new study performed by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.


Researchers also found that having more "teledermatology" appointments meant it was more likely that a patient's condition would improve.

Red tape a major barrier to the use of telemedicine

Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.

Sprint signs smart-grid agreement with four companies

On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.

Study: Vodafone positioned to take lead in global M2M market

M2M research firm Machina Research on Wednesday revealed the results of its 2012 M2M Benchmarking Study, which found that Vodafone was the communications service provider (CSP) best placed to take advantage of the machine-to-machine communication market in the future. According the firms earlier research, there will be 12 million connected devices by 2020, generating revenue of $919 billion.

Telit Wireless completes Smart Farm in South Korea

Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Wednesday announced the completion of its first “smart farm” system in South Korea. The technology allows farmers to monitor and control cold climate greenhouses remotely via their smartphone, which allows for a reduction in labor, water and energy, according to Telit Wireless.