Chinese infrastructure vendor ZTE has announced that it expects to return to profit for the full year of 2013. The firm announced in a preliminary earnings announcement that it expects to generate a net profit of RMB1.2bn ($198m) for the year ended December 31st 2013. The firm recorded a RMB2.8bn loss in 2012.
Australian operator Telstra has formed a joint venture with Telkom Indonesia to provide network services in South East Asia. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the joint venture be the exclusive provider of network applications and services in Indonesia for the two operators. It will offer managed network and security, cloud and unified communications services.
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit dedicated to opening up Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Serge Manning, senior manager for corporate standards at Huawei, as chairman of the ONF Wireless and Mobile Working Group.
Chinese vendor Huawei said it has completed an interoperability test for an “ultra-flash” circuit-switched fallback solution that shortens the time it takes to switch from the LTE network to 2G in order to set up a voice call by 50 per cent.
The carrier services arm of Telecom Italia, TI Sparkle, has announced an LTE roaming peering agreement with wholesaler iBasis, a subsidiary of Dutch operator group KPN.
Australian operator Telstra has acquired Melbourne-based enterprise network and security integrator O2 Networks. The acquisition was made to bolster Telstra’s network application and services (NAS) portfolio, as the continues to pursue opportunities in the enterprise space.
Tech giant Google has announced a project to help people suffering of diabetes by testing a smart contact lens that is designed to measure glucose levels in tears. The lens uses a tiny wireless chip and a miniaturised glucose sensor, embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.
Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a deal with English Premier League football club Arsenal FC. The partnership will see the two organizations collaborate globally, with Arsenal officials and players also taking part in Huawei’s communication and promotional activities both in the UK and abroad.
Device maker Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC). The firm will refund parents who claim the App Store processed sales of in-app purchases made by children without gaining their consent.
European operator group VimpelCom has selected infrastructure vendor NSN to supply equipment for its LTE radio access network in some regions of Russia. NSN has signed a five year deal covering central Russia, south Russia, Siberia and most of the Volga and Ural regions.
Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has announced unaudited financial results for the full year 2013. The firm said it will achieve global revenue between CNY238bn ($39.37bn) and CNY240bn for the year, representing approximately an eight per cent increase year on year. Operating profit or the year is expected to be between CNY28.6bn and CNY29.4bn.
German equipment firm Siemens has signed an agreement to offload much of what remains of its communications R&D operations to Nordic IT services firm Tieto. The Finnish company will take on the Network Directory Server (NDS); IP Multimedia Systems (IMS); Home Location Register (HLR) and Radio Access (RA) businesses from a unit called Siemens Convergence Creators.
Canadian handset maker BlackBerry’s management restructure has continued with the appointment of Eric Johnson as president of global sales. Johnson is the fourth former SAP executive to join since John Chen took over as CEO, suggesting that the handset maker is looking to regain its focus on the enterprise market.
Chip maker Intel has showcased designs for wearable devices at the CES consumer trade show in Las Vegas. The firm also demonstrated Edison, a dual core PC with built-in wireless capabilities in an SD card form factor.
The connected car represents a huge potential market, but with OEMs demanding a slice of the pie. James Dawson, senior director for market development in connected cars at Jasper Wireless argues that MNOs must innovate around business models to ensure they work for all parties to drive the industry forward.
Security and SIM specialist Gemalto this week expanded its M2M portfolio with an LTE wireless module. The firm claims its Cinterion PLS8 solution will enable LTE connectivity for connected car systems and NFC applications.
Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has appointed a VP of sales for its US business as it looks to grow revenue in a difficult market. Bill Gerski joins the vendor with 40 years of experience through executive marketing and sales positions at Dish Network, Golden Sky Systems, Sirius Satellite Radio, Time Warner, Viacom, Bell Atlantic and the National Rural Telecommunications Co-op.
Indian carrier Aircel has tapped ZTE to deploy an LTE network in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) and several other business critical circles in the country. ZTE recently completed the migration of Aircel’s data services to an LTE evolved packet core in the Chennai and RoTN circles.
Infrastructure vendor NSN (Nokia Solutions and Networks) has announced that executive chairman Jesper Ovesen will step down from his role. Ovesen will depart upon the closing of the transaction this quarter, when tech giant Microsoft acquires Nokia’s devices and services business.
Chinese vendor ZTE has said it will split out its mobile devices division and operate it independently of the rest of the firm. The devices business will be led by Zeng Xuezhong, EVP at ZTE.