NSN, Everything Everywhere partner to create cloud-connected vending machines

Last week, Everything Everywhere, the UK’s biggest communications company, and Nokia Siemens Networks, a telecom equipment vendor, announced a partnership for the remote stock monitoring of smart vending machines.

Orange helps track sports enthusiasts internationally in real-time

Location-based services company flaik is expanding its GPS-based locator system to international markets using the machine-to-machine (M2M) platform from Orange Business Services. 

Sonus Networks acquires NET for $42 million

Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of SIP communications equipment, and Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., a provider of networking services for communications in Unified Communications (UC), SIP trunking and cloud-based deployments, on Tuesday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Sonus to acquire NET for $42 million.

Optimizing a service provider network

Broadband access and broadband services will be the main driver of revenue growth for mobile service providers over the next five years. However, there is currently a significant strain being placed on wireless networks. With smartphone and tablet adoption on the rise and user demand for mobile video continuing to explode, service providers are increasingly challenged to manage expanding networks.

European telcos count on 4G for pricing power

Reuters

European telecom operators are planning to charge customers more for faster new fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in the hope of recouping massive network investments and clawing back lost pricing power.


It's a risky approach since it could put off recession-weary customers and slow the adoption of a technology that benefits telcos by lowering operating costs and helping reduce network overload.

Ciena helps Samsung deploy optical mesh network

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Monday announced that Samsung SDS Co., Ltd., an information and communications technology service provider, has deployed Ciena's full portfolio of intelligent Packet-Optical Switching, Packet-Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet (CES) and ON-Center Management Suite services to create its own private network, which will connect offices and employees across multiple locations globally.

U.S. probes China telecoms for ties to communist government

Reuters

U.S. lawmakers are pressing two top Chinese technology companies to disclose their inner workings in a probe into security threats to U.S. telecommunications. Closely held Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp were asked Tuesday by letter to document, among other things, their interactions with the Chinese Communist Party and advice given to them by five consultancies, including International Business Machines Corp, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). ZTE also was asked about its business in Iran.

Sprint chooses Ciena for network upgrade

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced that Sprint is upgrading its optical backbone network with Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The updated network, powered exclusively by Ciena, will enable Sprint to enhance transport network scalability and performance.

Clean energy in M2M: By the numbers

On Monday at Connected World, Wyless, a M2M managed services provider, detailed some of its customers who are currently delivering "green" machine-to-machine (M2M) services. From solar-powered, wireless parking meters that allow credit card payments to a web-based irrigation control system, the services from IPS Group, GreenRoad and Weathermatic are positively impacting our society, which is demonstrated below in terms of numbers.


IPS Group

Verizon Wireless unveils shared data plans; rivals may follow

Reuters

Verizon Wireless is revamping its prices with new service plans that include unlimited calls and texts and the ability for customers to share their data allowance among multiple devices as it looks to shake up the U.S. wireless industry.


The biggest U.S. mobile operator is hoping to entice customers to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will be able avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

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