Vodafone buys TEM companies Quickcomm, TnT Expense Mgmt

Vodafone buys TEM companies Quickcomm, TnT Expense Mgmt
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Global Enterprise has acquired telecom expense management (TEM) companies Quickcomm and TnT Expense Management. Vodafone expects the acquisition to help propel its managed communications services provider for multinational customers unit into being a leading TEM company for multinational organisations. Quickcomm, a leading developer of TEM software, is headquartered in
Sydney, Australia and has offices in the US, UK and Singapore. Quickcomm will continue to sell and provide ongoing support for its products, as well as becoming a fully integrated part of the Vodafone Telecoms Management solution. TnT Expense Management is a leading services provider of TEM. It is headquartered in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has offices in New York, the UK, Germany and France. The company manages telecoms expense service, based on expert analysis as well as automated bill processing. The value of the gross assets being taken over are USD 6.9 million for Quickcomm and USD 2.8 million for TnT Expense Management.[Lees verder]

LightSquared signs up Qualcomm, Nokia for data devices
(Telecompaper) LightSquared has announced a number of agreements with equipment suppliers and device makers, including plans for Nokia-branded data devices for its upcoming LTE network. The Nokia deal follows on from LightSquared’s network equipment contract with Nokia Siemens Networks, which has now been confirmed by both companies’ boards. NSN’s contract, first announced in July, is worth USD 7 billion over eight years and will see the company deploy, install, operate and maintain the LightSquared nationwide network. LightSquared also announced an agreement for Qualcomm to include L-Band LTE technology in its chipset products, allowing for devices that work over LightSquared’s hybrid satellite LTE network. Qualcomm has developed a satellite air interface technology called EGAL (Enhanced Geostationary Air Link), which enables the satellite mode of operation in mobile devices. Qualcomm is adding L-Band LTE and EGAL to standard Qualcomm products, including its MDM9600 chipset for multi-mode LTE. AnyData and BandRich also have been selected by LightSquared to provide embedded modules, USB data modems, and other devices which will launch during the second half of 2011. The AnyData modem will use USB 2.0, while the module will be mini-PCIE form factor to simplify interface with netbooks, notebooks, tablets, and portable computing devices.[Lees verder]

Ofcom tells BT to open up fibre access
(Telecompaper) UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has set out decisions designed to promote competition and investment in super-fast broadband services across the UK. Ofcom believes that competition and investment in super-fast broadband can be delivered in both urban and rural areas. This latest statement is designed to provide a further spur to investment by confirming the regulatory framework for these services. It covers two principal interventions: Providing competing services over BT’s fibre lines – this will allow competitors to have access to a dedicated virtual link over new fibre lines laid by BT (known as virtual unbundling). This will give other companies control of the lines to provide super-fast broadband services to their own customers. BT will be able to set prices for these new wholesale products which should promote investment by enabling them to make a fair rate of return reflecting commercial risk. These prices will be constrained by the highly competitive wider broadband market and will be subject to rules to prevent anti-competitive pricing. BT has already started offering its “Generic Ethernet Access” product to wholesale customers and will develop it further in line with these requirements outlined by Ofcom. The second intervention is giving access to underground ducts and telegraph poles. Ofcom has concluded that BT should be required to offer access to its underground ducts and to its telegraph poles. This would allow its competitors to roll-out super-fast broadband to areas where BT does not plan to deploy its fibre network and to target specific areas earlier than BT’s roll-out. BT is required to share detailed information with other communications providers about, for example, the available capacity and quality of ducts and poles. Ofcom has confirmed that it will require BT to make available a draft reference offer describing its duct and pole product by mid-January 2011.[Lees verder]

Vodafone buys TEM companies Quickcomm, TnT Expense Mgmt
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Global Enterprise has acquired telecom expense management (TEM) companies Quickcomm and TnT Expense Management. Vodafone expects the acquisition to help propel its managed communications services provider for multinational customers unit into being a leading TEM company for multinational organisations. Quickcomm, a leading developer of TEM software, is headquartered in
Sydney, Australia and has offices in the US, UK and Singapore. Quickcomm will continue to sell and provide ongoing support for its products, as well as becoming a fully integrated part of the Vodafone Telecoms Management solution. TnT Expense Management is a leading services provider of TEM. It is headquartered in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and has offices in New York, the UK, Germany and France. The company manages telecoms expense service, based on expert analysis as well as automated bill processing. The value of the gross assets being taken over are USD 6.9 million for Quickcomm and USD 2.8 million for TnT Expense Management.[Lees verder]

LightSquared signs up Qualcomm, Nokia for data devices
(Telecompaper) LightSquared has announced a number of agreements with equipment suppliers and device makers, including plans for Nokia-branded data devices for its upcoming LTE network. The Nokia deal follows on from LightSquared’s network equipment contract with Nokia Siemens Networks, which has now been confirmed by both companies’ boards. NSN’s contract, first announced in July, is worth USD 7 billion over eight years and will see the company deploy, install, operate and maintain the LightSquared nationwide network. LightSquared also announced an agreement for Qualcomm to include L-Band LTE technology in its chipset products, allowing for devices that work over LightSquared’s hybrid satellite LTE network. Qualcomm has developed a satellite air interface technology called EGAL (Enhanced Geostationary Air Link), which enables the satellite mode of operation in mobile devices. Qualcomm is adding L-Band LTE and EGAL to standard Qualcomm products, including its MDM9600 chipset for multi-mode LTE. AnyData and BandRich also have been selected by LightSquared to provide embedded modules, USB data modems, and other devices which will launch during the second half of 2011. The AnyData modem will use USB 2.0, while the module will be mini-PCIE form factor to simplify interface with netbooks, notebooks, tablets, and portable computing devices.[Lees verder]

Ofcom tells BT to open up fibre access
(Telecompaper) UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has set out decisions designed to promote competition and investment in super-fast broadband services across the UK. Ofcom believes that competition and investment in super-fast broadband can be delivered in both urban and rural areas. This latest statement is designed to provide a further spur to investment by confirming the regulatory framework for these services. It covers two principal interventions: Providing competing services over BT’s fibre lines – this will allow competitors to have access to a dedicated virtual link over new fibre lines laid by BT (known as virtual unbundling). This will give other companies control of the lines to provide super-fast broadband services to their own customers. BT will be able to set prices for these new wholesale products which should promote investment by enabling them to make a fair rate of return reflecting commercial risk. These prices will be constrained by the highly competitive wider broadband market and will be subject to rules to prevent anti-competitive pricing. BT has already started offering its “Generic Ethernet Access” product to wholesale customers and will develop it further in line with these requirements outlined by Ofcom. The second intervention is giving access to underground ducts and telegraph poles. Ofcom has concluded that BT should be required to offer access to its underground ducts and to its telegraph poles. This would allow its competitors to roll-out super-fast broadband to areas where BT does not plan to deploy its fibre network and to target specific areas earlier than BT’s roll-out. BT is required to share detailed information with other communications providers about, for example, the available capacity and quality of ducts and poles. Ofcom has confirmed that it will require BT to make available a draft reference offer describing its duct and pole product by mid-January 2011.[Lees verder]