VimpelCom strikes Windows Phone deal with Microsoft, Nokia

VimpelCom has struck a deal with Microsoft and Nokia that will allow its customers to buy digital content from the Windows Phone store via their mobile accounts.

The operator says the cost of any application, game or music will either be deducted from a customer’s prepaid card or added to the monthly bill.

Mobile industry faces $9.2 billion backhaul-funding shortfall: Strategy Analytics

The mobile telecoms industry is facing a $9.2 billion shortfall in backhaul investments as operators continue to make access-network improvements while neglecting the other crucial part of their infrastructure.

Such is the finding of Strategy Analytics in a new report commissioned by Tellabs, which sells backhaul equipment to operators.

The market-research company says that operators will face a new “mobile capacity crunch” by 2017 as a result of growing internet traffic.

Nokia protests against Indian tax probe

Reuters

Finnish phone maker Nokia said on Tuesday it was protesting against a tax investigation in India, a crucial market, in the latest dispute involving a foreign company's tax.

Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) said it has not yet received any information on potential claims resulting from the investigation that started in January.

BlackBerry strengthens board with two wireless industry veterans

Reuters

BlackBerry named two wireless industry veterans to an expanded board of directors on Thursday, seeking to allay some investor concern around the level of industry experience it has on its board.

The smartphone maker has struggled in the last three years, bleeding market share to nimbler rivals with faster and snazzier devices.

Shareholders reelected its board nominees at the last annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario in July. But some investors said they disapproved of the board's performance and the percentage of withheld votes for its long-time directors jumped sharply.

Carrier Class - in Session

Handful of Infrastructure Firms Move to the Front with Carrier Ethernet 2.0

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Ethernet last month ahead of its quarterly meeting in San Diego. Ethernet’s father, Bob Metcalfe, presided as Metro Ethernet Forum President Nan Chen announced certification of 20 companies whose products passed rigorous testing for Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0.

BlackBerry eyes future beyond its new line of devices

Reuters

Barely a week after launching an all-new, make-or-break line of smartphones, BlackBerry is already looking at a future in which it is a leader in "mobile computing," Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said on Tuesday.

Heins said BlackBerry (Waterloo, Canada) is aiming to reclaim its spot as an innovator in a world where smartphones already have the processing power to replace tablets and laptops.

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 - Changing the World, Again

CE 2.0 is Makes it easier for Carriers to meet and exploit rising demand

First generation Carrier Ethernet already dominates WAN equipment revenue, and now Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is making it easier for Carriers to meet and exploit the demand that Carrier Ethernet has already fuelled

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Ten years ago The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) was founded to develop and promote a new generation of Ethernet called Carrier Ethernet. Since then Carrier Ethernet has transformed WAN and enterprise connectivity as well as providing an infrastructure to fuel soaring user expectations for mobile applications.

NTT DoCoMo revenues up on data growth, but profits fall

NTT DoCoMo has reported a 6.1% year-on-year increase in revenues for the last nine months of 2012, to ¥3,370.8 billion ($37 billion), thanks to the growing take-up of LTE-based smartphones and data services in the final part of the year.

Nevertheless, net income for the same period fell by 5.6%, to ¥702.2 billion, due to an increase in operating expenses aimed at strengthening the Japanese operator’s cloud business and higher handset costs.

ZTE sharpens focus on high-end smartphones to boost margins

Reuters

China's ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest handset maker, plans to ship more high-end smartphones this year to help increase profit margins and revenue, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.

ZTE (Shenzhen, China) expects to ship more than 50 million smartphones in 2013, exceeding its earlier forecast, and sees smartphones making up 70 percent of overall consumer device sales this year, Lv Qianhao, head of ZTE's handset strategy, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a company event.

Rogers aims to power a million M2M connections in 2013

Canadian operator Rogers Communications has unveiled plans to power more than a million M2M connections by the end of this year and promised to launch a cloud-based data analytics offering over the same timeframe.