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Many would compareKenya's recently declaredwholesalenetwork LTE planto Russia and question the actual possibilities of a cost reduction for the operators and the end consumers. Due to the monopoly the company has over the network, there might be a high chance that exorbitant prices would be charged to the operators who lease it. However, the ...

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Given the length of Nokia's involvement ​in developing and launching NFC - for the first few years the ONLY NFC phones were Nokia phones - it was highly notable to me that Nokia was just about the only multi-device OEM missing from Isis' announcement this week.

Here it is incase you missed it: http://news.paywithisis ...

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I presented at a great conference two weeks ago focused on mobile solutions for retail called RAMP http://retailramp.com/ . It was very well attended, particularly by merchants. Lots of discussion about NFC and mobile payments particularly – along with NFC couponing, offers, loyalty and rewards.

But there was also a lot of… whining. Despite ...

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In August, Vivint (formerly APX Alarm) reached an important milestone as a company when the one millionth installation of its home security/home automation system was carried out in the Alabama home of a Mr. James Owen. At the time of this writing, the company is said to be serving around 560,000 customers.

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On 16th August 2011, the HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance agreed to create an open consortium for Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2 Interoperability, enabling a myriad of organizations from these alliances whose technologies support communications over internet protocol (IP) to certify SEP 2 in accordance to a consistent test plan ...

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Qualcomm Incorporated showcased its new innovations in cellular communications for smart grid last week at GridWeek 2011. Its new embedded chipsets will be targeted at a new generation of smart energy devices which range from smart meters, electric vehicle charging stations, substation routers, communication nodes, to smart devices securely and reliably connecting with utility systems ...

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The UK government has committed to a cellular-based solution for its smart grid. It announced a tender for 4.59 billion (US $7.5 billion) worth of contracts to build a new wide area network (WAN) for its smart grid. This new commitment will help the UK meet European Union mandates to support national smart ...

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Today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent out an email to subscribers, posted to its blog, and with a YouTube video announcing that, in addition to the pricing increase, they would be separating their DVD operation into a separate business, Qwikster, led by Andy Rendich (former head of DVD operations). They highlighted, again, the different (business ...

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EMV migration in the US has been a talking point for some time. EMV card deployment remains limited in the US, deployed by banks and financial institutions to their tier 1 customers or those that travel abroad frequently.

In a new twist to the US EMV saga, Visa recently announced in August this year that ...

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Smart cards are flourishing within the payment cards market and are set to make a major impact in the market over the next five years with the increasing adoption of EMV within the industry. Penetration of smart and EMV payment cards is increase year on year and this trend is set to continue for the ...

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