Leading network infrastructure vendors have pulled out of negotiations with India’s state-owned telco BSNL, which is looking to expand its network. Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks have pulled out of the tender, claiming that they cannot match the offer from Chinese vendor ZTE.
Microsoft has announced its intention to acquire Yammer, a social network tool for enterprises, for $1.2bn. Launched in 2008, Yammer allows firms to set up a free secure, private social network, allowing them to communicate and deliver company-wide strategies.
Web giant Google has strengthened its patent portfolio further with the acquisition of a “beam forming” Mobile Transmit Diversity (MTD) patent portfolio from US-based Magnolia Broadband.
Microsoft has unveiled its latest operating system for mobile handsets, Windows Phone 8. The announcement was made in the same week as the firm launched its Surface tablet device, which runs on the Windows 8 operating system for PCs and tablets.
Mobile operator Telefónica O2 this week launched LTE services in the Czech Republic. The network covers the municipality of Jesenice and its surroundings; a total population of almost 10,000.
Microsoft has unveiled two of its own tablet devices, in an attempt to compete with rivals Apple and Google as well as its own OEM partners. The Surface devices come in two flavours: one running an ARM processor featuring the Windows RT operating system, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor running on Windows 8 Pro.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has demonstrated a new feature for HSPA+ networks that it claims improves smartphone performance, despite research suggesting that there is not a lot of difference between vendors’ offerings.
Vodafone Group’s potential takeover of Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) is a step closer to being accepted after a major shareholder withdrew its objection to the deal. The operator group’s £1.04bn bid was in doubt of being accepted after investment group Orbis, which owns 19 per cent of CWW, voiced its opposition to the takeover.
Everything Everywhere could be the subject of a takeover bid by private equity house KKR, which also owns British retailers Boots and Pets at Home. The bid is being masterminded by former EE CEO Tom Alexander, who is said to have held discussions with KKR and private equity group Apax, the Financial Times reported.
Motorola Solutions has made a bid to acquire ruggedized mobile device manufacturer Psion for approximately £128m ($200m). The firm, which is the business remaining after Google acquired its handset business, Motorola Mobility, said it wanted to acquire Psion to strengthen its mobile-computing portfolio with ruggedized handheld products and vehicle-mount terminals.
Everything Everywhere (EE) has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) on an international M2M project they claim will offer vending machine owners an opportunity to increase revenue and reduce costs through remote stock monitoring, increased customer interaction and multiple payment methods.
Latin American operator group América Móvil is increasing its presence in Europe by acquiring a 21 per cent stake in Telekom Austria. The purchase comes in the same week that the operator increased its stake in Dutch operator KPN.
Canadian Blackberry manufacturer RIM had a torrid 2011, in which it generated a lot of negative publicity by underperforming financially, experiencing a high profile outage, facing calls from shareholders to sell up and seeing its co-CEOs and founders step down. Its message to stakeholders during this difficult time has been a call for patience, with claims that the next software platform to be released will be a real game-changer. So the unveiling of the BlackBerry 10 platform this week was met with great expectation.
US government agency the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and bank Citi have announced a global partnership to promote the rapid adoption of mobile money technology in developing nations. USAID and Citi said that they will work with governments, donors, industry and other participants in the payments system to support local mobile money platforms, and will contribute over $23m to the cause.
Banking group the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest have introduced a scheme in the UK allowing customers to withdraw cash from an ATM using a smartphone.