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On 19th May 2011, Toshiba announced that it has agreed to buy Swiss electronic metering company, Landis+Gyr (L+G) for $2.3 billion in cash and assumed debt to bolster its smart grid operations. The sale looks to be completed over the next few months subjected to regulatory approvals. This purchase, Toshiba’s largest ...

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Don’t expect today’s Mobile Payments service launch by Google to amount to much momentum for mobile payments this year. The primary problem is the lack of handsets equipped with NFC chips in the hands of consumers. At this point, the only device in the U.S. with such hardware is Google’s Nexus phone sold through ...

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The femto and small cell vendor Ubiquisys has announced that they are partnering with ​chip giant Intel to develop the concept of an ‘Edge Cloud’. The Edge Cloud refers to a layer of extremely powerful Atom-based 3G/LTE small cell platforms that can process and even store high-end bulky content at the edge of the ...

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Despite my usually cautious nature, I started to get excited about NFC again at the start of this year. Given all the excitement and strong pronouncements being put forward by a wide range of tier 1 companies it was difficult not to. However, as we near the halfway point in the year I find myself ...

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There sure have been a lot of people getting excited about NFC, with Google, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung and others stating they would be supporting it.
But most people have misread this as momentum for mobile payments. It is not. The primary NFC use case right now has nothing to do with mobile payments ...

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China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has just made it official. At the end of 2010, China's 3G notched up 5.5% penetration. That may seem pretty puny but when you take the population of China into consideration, that equates to 47 million 3G users. That is a good sized medium ...

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As we've been expecting,Verizon Wirelesswillbegin phasing out'unlimited' mobile data plans this summer,paving the way for the eventual shiftto multi-device data sharing plans, according toa top executive quoted in aReuters story.

The idea: instead of payinga flat fee per device for mobile data (roughly $30 per month), you would pay for a ...

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4G services are just around the corner. A number of operators are doing trials. Some are moving towards commercial launches. “Many” are thinking how do we make LTE profitable?

There is perhaps a thing or two to be learnt from the Russians. Russia’s Big 4, (Beeline, Megafon, MTS, and Rostelkom) have signed a ...

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The Asia-Pacific smartphone market is really starting to fire on all cylinders.

Despite notching up US$ 26 billion in sales in 2010, the Asia-Pacific smartphone market still lagged behind Europe and North America. However by 2012, Asia-Pac is expected to eclipse them both. Asia smartphone shipments in 2011 could well deliver 35% growth, perhaps higher ...

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Arris recently announced that it had started shipping its Arris Whole Home Gateway solution to Shaw in Canada (starting in Calgary). This solution includes a Gateway with Six HD tuners, a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, Ethernet Port, 500 GB Hard Drive, MoCA 1.1+ networking and DLNA. It uses Digeo’s Moxi interface which Arris acquired ...

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