Telefonica, Etisalat sign partnership, enter M2M, Cloud industry

Last Thursday telecom operators Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) announced that they have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to enter into a broad-based cooperation. The partnership will allow both companies to collaborate on a range of strategic areas, including the M2M and Cloud-based industries, according to Telefonica.

U.S. Navy uses Digi wireless tracking system

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, last week announced that Inteligistics (Pittsburgh, Penn. U.S.A.), a logistics provider, will use its Device Cloud, wireless gateways and ZigBee modules to wirelessly enable its asset tracking system. The system will be used by the U.S. Navy to track the contents of tens of thousands of shipping containers across the world as well as by the global logistics industry, according to Digi. The system provides security and real-time access to location, inventory, environmental data and other critical information.

Acer to buy Cloud computing firm, Igware for $320 million

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Acer Inc (New Taipei City, Taiwan), an electronics manufacturer, announced on Thursday it will buy cloud computing firm iGware Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A. ) for $320 million, in the fifth-largest Taiwanese buyout of a U.S. company.

Acer, who is the world's second largest PC maker, said it was also in initial talks with Japanese game firm Nintendo, a major client of iGware, over potential cooperation after the deal, but did not give details.

Telit to host inaugural M2M developers conference preceding CTIA

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.) a specialist in M2M technology, announced on Wednesday its inaugural M2M developers conference, Telit DevCom 2011, set to take place in San Diego on October 10 preceding CTIA Enterprise and Applications.

Telit DevCon 2011 is a one-day forum that aims to connect M2M application engineers with industry experts, offering educational sessions and insights for developing embedded cellular devices.

Keynote speaker Robin Duke-Woolley of Beecham Research will kick off the conference.

Tellabs expands 3G Mobile Backhaul in Spain

Spanish mobile operator Yoigo (Madrid, Spain) is expanding and increasing the capacity of its 3G network, aiming to triple its customers and gain 10% of the Spanish market by 2015. Yoigo selected equipment manufacturer Tellabs (Naperville, Ill., U.S.A.) 8600 Managed Edge System to manage the anticipated increase in data traffic.

Companies making major push for the Cloud

Last month Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) came out with the iCloud, a cloud service unique to its products. Since then, more companies have been announcing their moves into the cloud computing business.

On Monday, Microsoft (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference, and urged its partners to join Microsoft as it moves into cloud technology.

ATIS Cloud Services Forum releases CDN Interconnection Specifications

ATIS (Washington, D.C.), a membership organization for telecom industry standards, announced on Tuesday that its Cloud Services Forum (CSF) has released the “CDN Interconnection Use Case Specification and High Level Requirements” standards document. The standard provides an initial description of content distribution networks (CDNs) and develops interconnection use cases and high-level requirements to support passing content distribution requests between two service providers.

Microsoft puts Office software in the cloud

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Microsoft Corp (Redmond, Wash.) made its biggest move into the mobile, Internet-accessible world of "cloud" computing on Tuesday, introducing a revamped online version of its hugely profitable Office software suite.

Microsoft is putting its applications -- including Outlook email, Excel spreadsheets and SharePoint collaboration tools -- into an online format so that customers can use them on a variety of devices from wherever they can get an Internet connection.

Spirent TestCenter Live helps service providers in Ethernet mobile backhaul migration

On Monday Spirent (Sunnyvale, CA) announced enhancements to its Spirent TestCenter Live service assurance tool, designed to enable service providers to align service assurance costs with new Ethernet service business models. According to Spirent, as service providers make the transition from Time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Ethernet in the backhaul, there are operational challenges of managing these new networks.

Telstra invests $800 million to further grow its cloud

Telstra (Melbourne, Australia), a network carrier, on Thursday announced it would invest more than $800 million in cloud computing over the next five years to support the growing demand from Australian organizations for cloud services.

As part of the announcement, Telstra CEO David Thodey unveiled more corporate customers who use Telstra cloud computing including Australian Vintage Limited, The Salvation Army Employment Plus, Oz Minerals, Tabcorp, and Tristar Medical Group.