Ericsson to provide cloud-based M2M services with SAP

Swedish operator Ericsson has signed an agreement with German software company SAP for the joint marketing and sale of cloud-based M2M services to enterprises around the world.

The partnership will combine Ericsson’s M2M platform expertise with enterprise services from SAP (Walldorf, Germany) and is designed to overcome some of the barriers to the adoption of M2M technology.

PayPal takes mobile payment service to Europe

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PayPal launched a European version of its PayPal Here mobile payments service for small merchants on Thursday as the online payments division of eBay Inc steps up competition with rivals, including Square Inc.

PayPal (San Jose, USA) unveiled a new device, about the size of a smartphone, that allows small merchants to accept credit and debit cards under a more-stringent and complex system in Europe known as Chip and PIN.

The gadget connects to a new PayPal app that merchants can run on Apple Inc (Cupertino, USA) iPhones and Android-based smartphones.

Wirecard, Vodafone form mobile payment partnership

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German payment systems provider Wirecard said on Monday it had been chosen by Vodafone to introduce the British mobile operator's mobile payment system.

The Vodafone (Newbury, UK) payment service will be rolled out internationally from this year, Wirecard (Aschheim, Germany) said in a statement.

(Reporting by Christoph Steitz)

Rostelecom bets on mobile internet, cloud to grow

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Rostelecom hopes mobile broadband will offset declines in its core fixed-line calls business as it seeks a greater share of Russia's increasingly competitive telecoms market, CEO Alexander Provotorov told Reuters.

The state-controlled former long-distance call monopoly was beefed up in 2011 through a merger with several regional operators to challenge private players in more lucrative market segments such as mobile, broadband and pay TV.

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

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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

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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

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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.