Antenova to focus on M2M, connected devices

Antenna provider Antenova is to rebrand itself as Antenova M2M and focus on building its position in the M2M and connected-device markets following the departure of chief executive Greg McCray in February.

With McCray now heading up ACAL Energy (Runcorn, UK) – a developer of fuel cell systems – Antenova (Cambridge, UK) is reportedly being led by managing director Chris Flack.

The company says its antenna solutions already have a proven track record in a range of M2M settings, including telematics, automatic meter reading, m-health, wireless security and home automation.

PayPal tests merchant financing as Kabbage raises debt

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EBay Inc's payments business, PayPal, already lends money to online shoppers, but it is now starting to finance the merchants who sell on the company's online marketplaces.
PayPal (San Jose, CA, USA) has already tested a financing program for eBay sellers in the UK and it plans similar tests in the United States this year, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Huawei forecasts sales growth of 10% in 2013

Chinese equipment maker Huawei expects its revenues to grow at a compound annual rate of 10% over the next five years, despite the current slowdown in the equipment market and its difficulties in the US.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) provided the forecast after reporting that net profit for 2012 was 32% higher than for 2011, at RMB15.4 billion ($2.48 billion), with revenues up 9%, to RMB220.2 billion.

“In 2012, Huawei met business performance expectations through improved operational efficiency,” said Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating and acting chief executive.

eBay sets aggressive 2015 targets, shares climb

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EBay Inc foresees annual earnings growth of 15 percent to 19 percent over the next three years, and is targeting an increase in revenue of as much as 68 percent for the period. The aggressive goals drove its shares up more than 4 percent.

Executives told analysts at eBay's annual investor day on Thursday that they expect revenue of $21.5 billion to $23.5 billion in 2015, versus $14 billion in 2012, as the company expands globally, focusing more on local commerce and using mobile technology to lure shoppers.

T-Mobile USA eyes growth from iPhone, marketing changes

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T-Mobile USA said on Tuesday that it will start selling Apple Inc's iPhone on April 12, making it the last of the big national U.S. operators to sell the popular smartphone.

The No. 4 U.S. mobile provider, which is seeking to merge with smaller rival MetroPCS Communications (Richardson, TX, USA), is hoping the device can help stem customer losses. The launch follows a marketing overhaul that eliminates device subsidies and two-year service contracts favored by its bigger rivals.

Ericsson sues Indian handset maker for patent infringement

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Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson said on Tuesday it had sued Indian handset maker Micromax and its distributor for infringement of wireless patent rights.

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) was confirming an earlier report in the Economic Times of India that it had sued after Micromax (Gurgaon, India) refused to sign license agreements for several wireless technologies.

"It is once again about FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms)," Ericsson spokeswoman Karin Hallstan said. She declined to comment further.

Integrated services fuel customer growth at Numerex

M2M specialist Numerex has announced that its customer base has surpassed the 2 million mark, with surging growth providing evidence of the current momentum in the M2M industry.

The company, which provides M2M services and technology for enterprise and government customers worldwide, says that it took several years to reach the 1 million mark but only two years to double its customer base from that level.

Visa has no plans for digital wallet fee at this point - exec

Reuters

Visa Inc has no plans to implement a "digital wallet" fee at this point, Jim McCarthy, global head of product at the payment network, said on Thursday.

The comment came amid concern Visa (Foster City, CA, USA) might follow MasterCard Inc's recent move to impose a new fee on operators of digital wallets, such as PayPal, owned by eBay Inc (San Jose, CA, USA).

TeliaSonera claims to launch Europe's first shared data plan

Scandinavia’s TeliaSonera has claimed to be the first operator in Europe to launch a mobile service that lets any customer use a number of devices as part of the same tariff.

Branded Telia Mobil Dela, or Telia Mobile Share, the service allows customers to connect smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices for a fixed monthly fee that includes a voice, messaging and data allowance.

TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) says that additional devices can be added at a lower monthly price and that the ‘data bucket’ can be shared between devices and adjusted on a monthly basis.

Smart card firm Gemalto sees further surge in sales

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French smart card maker Gemalto is forecasting double-digit sales growth this year, helped by strong demand for its services and products in the United States and Asia, after posting record sales in 2012.

Paris-listed Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), which makes smart chips for mobile phones and bank payment cards, said sales last year were up 9 percent at 2.24 billion euros ($2.90 billion) driven by its mobile business which accounts for close to half its sales and its smaller Security unit, which makes embedded software for electronic documents such as passports.

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