AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG announced Sunday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. AT&T was unavailable for comment.
Thanks to its partnership with JouleX, a U.S.-based enterprise energy management company, Orange Business Services launches new IT Energy Audit assessment services, an exclusive offer of its Innovation and Sustainability practice.
Altobridge Limited, an Irish company that makes low-cost wireless network technology, announced this week that Intel Capital and IFC will together invest $12 million in the company.
Wireless backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks Ltd. today announced detailed plans to optimize its organizational structure following the acquisition of Norway's Nera Networks in January 2011. The new organizational structure consists of three solution groups: Short Haul Solutions, Long Haul Solutions and Projects & Services. These groups will be supported by a global sales organization. Dedicated resources within each group will provide Ceragon with the ability to respond quickly with the best solution and stay close to its customers.
One in every eight mobile users worldwide will either have a ticket delivered to their mobile phone or buy a ticket with their phone by 2015 -- over 750 million users -- according to the latest analysis from Juniper Research. This compares with approximately 1 in 20 now (230 million). Ticket delivery will be by SMS, bar codes, mobile web, smartphone apps or near field communication (NFC).
Machine-to-machine (M2M) service offerings appear to be on the rise, but there are areas of the telecom market where carriers may not have the infrastructure to support front-end B2B M2M services. In this article, Alex Brisbourne parses out the market and offers some resolution as to where M2M can and should become the business of big carriers, and where it likely will not.
Telefónica O2 UK last week announced that they signed a multi-million pound contract with international security solutions group and major UK smart meter operations service provider G4S Utility Services (G4S) to simplify the remote management and monitoring of the O2 UK’s national smart meter network.
French energy group GDF Suez has signed a six-year deal with Orange Business Services for the management of its information system. The partnership includes standard facilities management such as hosting, infrastructure operation and running ERP applications. The partnership will also establish a shared engineering team in charge of developing the Group’s solutions to match the needs of its business units as closely as possible.
The whole world is racing toward 4G. Verizon Wireless boasts it contains “the world’s fastest 4G network.” Sprint is going to “turbo charge your Internet with 4G.” Consumers are excited about the opportunities 4G presents including significantly improved mobile Internet and social networking experiences, movie and TV streaming, and enhanced gaming and shopping capabilities from their mobile devices.
Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will join with Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to challenge Apple and Google's grip on the smartphone market in a bold move by the Finnish manufacturer.
Nokia will use Windows Phone as its software platform for all forthcoming smartphones as part of a sweeping overhaul announced by CEO Stephen Elop.