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FirstNews Briefs: Telefonica, Tesla, Westell, Telit, Smokio

April 2, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Telefónica today announced an agreement with Tesla to provide M2M connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. Telefónica and its M2M World Alliance partners will provide connectivity for Model S across multiple countries in Europe, including in Germany and the United Kingdom on Telefónica’s O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands on KPN.

America Movil Moves on KPN with $9.6 B Bid

August 9, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

América Móvil today announced a $9.6 billion offer to...

First Firefox Phones Coming Soon to Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica

July 1, 2013 9:49 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Firefox today announced the imminent arrival of the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, the...

Telefonica Sells Irish Unit 02

June 24, 2013 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica says it has sold its Irish division, 02, to...

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Report: Verizon Eyes Canadian Carrier Wind Mobile

June 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon could be looking to grow its reach to Canada, according to a report from Bloomberg. Verizon is reportedly looking to purchase one of the smaller Canadian carriers, Wind Mobile. Verizon began eyeing Wind Mobile after the Canadian Industry Minister Christian Paradis...

Telefonica Denies AT&T Acquisition Rumors

June 17, 2013 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Telefonica today denied claims by Spanish newspaper El Mundo that said the government had denied a $93 billion bid by AT&T to acquire Telefonica. Citing people familiar with the matter, the El Mundo report said the Spanish government halted...

Telecom CEOs: US regulators better than Europe

February 25, 2013 10:08 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The CEOs of AT&T, Vodafone and Telefonica — three of the world's largest cellphone companies — had some rare words of praise for U.S. regulators Monday, saying they're doing better than their European counterparts in promoting faster wireless data networks...

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Telefonica, Vodafone Join Forces in UK

June 7, 2012 7:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK have announced a plan to begin pooling the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid that runs each operator’s independent spectrum.

FeedHenry: Mobile Security is More Than Luck O’ the Irish

March 14, 2012 12:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Cathal McGloin, CEO of FeedHenry, an Irish company that makes an enterprise grade mobile software platform, sat down with Wireless Week to talk about how a new software distribution model (app stores), a BYOD culture and the cloud have combined

Telefonica Leans on Latin America Revenues

November 11, 2010 7:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Spanish carrier Telefonica today announced a doubling of year-over-year profits for the period beginning in January and ending in September.

Telefonica Deal to Buy Brazil's Vivo Falls Apart

July 19, 2010 8:05 am | by Harold Heckle, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica on Saturday pulled out of negotiations to acquire a stake in Brazil's leading cell phone company Vivo.

Portugal Telecom, Telefonica Mull Brazil Deal

July 16, 2010 8:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of Portugal Telecom (PT) is continuing its extended deliberations on Telefonica's offer for its stake in Vivo.

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Telefonica Q4 Profits Up 22 Percent

February 26, 2010 7:14 am | by Ciaran Giles, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Spanish telecom company Telefonica SA said Friday its fourth-quarter net profit rose 22 percent as an increase in customer numbers in Latin America helped boost revenue.

iBasis Files Federal Suit, Escalates KPN Fight

August 19, 2009 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In yet another move to stop Royal KPN’s unsolicited buyout offer, wholesale VoIP provider iBasis has brought a second suit against the Dutch telecommunications company.

The Many Arms of NFC

May 30, 2009 8:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

To be sure, contactless payments and ticketing are the breakout near-field communications (NFC) use cases. But while contactless point-of-sale terminals are proliferating in the United States, there’s been a general disparity across the globe in deployment of the smart card infrastructure necessary to enable NFC.

NFC Likely for 2010, Not 2009

December 18, 2008 8:06 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

IMS Research said it’s skeptical of industry claims that near-field communications (NFC) will see wide growth in 2009.

NFC-on-a-Card is Startup’s Big Idea

December 5, 2008 7:52 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Mobile banking startup Tyfone has a unique twist on near-field communications (NFC) – the chips can be built into memory cards

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Alltel Taps mFoundry for Mobile Wallet

December 1, 2008 8:01 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alltel Wireless will be using mFoundry’s extensible mobile wallet platform to create the Alltel Wallet, the companies announced today.

SIMalliance Forms NFC Working Group

November 21, 2008 7:43 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

SIMalliance said it has formed a new working group to promote near-field communications (NFC) with a phone’s SIM card as the central technology.

Buy your Friend a Drink via Cell Phone

August 15, 2008 7:59 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

Beam Global Spirits & Wine and Hornitos Tequila have entered into a new technology partnership with buzzd and BuyYourFriendADrink.com (BYFAD.com).

BridgeWave Funds Gigabit Backhaul for 4G

June 26, 2008 8:47 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

As WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) deliver higher bandwidth applications and faster data speeds to consumers, operators will require increased backhaul capacity.

RFID Forecast to Grow 15% in 5 Years

May 21, 2008 8:28 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

ABI Research is predicting that the total RFID market will generate roughly $9.7 billion by 2013, representing a 15% compound annual growth in the next five years.

RFID Rescues the Holidays?

January 23, 2008 6:34 am | by Ronny Haraldsvik | Articles | Comments

With bar codes, baggage handlers still have to manually search for a bag; with RFID, the handlers do not need to see the bag to locate or read its tag.

Contactless Payments on the Verge

January 4, 2008 10:29 am | by Brad Smith | Articles | Comments

It's hard not to think that there is a gathering storm surrounding contactless payments. After years of trials, and some notable implementations, using your cell phone to make payments is getting closer to becoming a mass-market reality outside of Asia.

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