Audi and Daimler separately announce connected car alliances with Baidu

Daimler also teams up with Qualcomm for in-car technology enhancements

Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - German carmaker Daimler is to make software from web services company Baidu available in its Chinese Mercedes-Benz cars as part of a trend of deepening ties between carmakers and consumer technology companies.

Carmakers are seeking to extend information and entertainment services available in vehicles, as well as smartphone compatibility, in an era of increasingly congested traffic.

Not so fast: connected cars could cause data traffic jams

One in five vehicles worldwide will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.

By 2024, mobile networks will see machine-to-machine (M2M) connections jump 10-fold to 2.3 billion from 250 million in 2014. Half these links will be automotive, said the study published on Thursday by Machina Research.

Huawei stakes claim in 'Internet of Things' market with new operating system

Showcases its 'Agile IoT' architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, on Wednesday became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), centered on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online.

Deutsche Telekom to consider partner for T-Mobile U.S.: CEO

DT last year tried to sell T-Mobile US to Sprint who dropped its bid after regulatory resistance

Reuters

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom will consider any partner that can improve profitability at its U.S. operations, its chief executive told the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Chief Executive Tim Hoettges said on Thursday T-Mobile US, of which Deutsche Telekom owns 66 percent, was in much better shape than two years ago.

"But it is our duty to go on improving the return on T-Mobile US," he added. "If we find a partner who will help us to do so, we will obviously consider it."

China to spend $182 billion to boost Internet by end of 2017

Goal is to accelerate the development of fiber optic broadband and high speed 4G mobile networks

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will spend more than $182 billion to boost Internet speeds by the end of 2017, a top government body said, as Beijing moves towards a more service-driven economy to boost growth.

The State Council said the government will invest more than 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) this year on network construction, with at least another 700 billion yuan ($112.8 billion) spent over the following two years.

The goal is to accelerate the development of fiber optic broadband and high speed 4G mobile networks, the governing body said on its website.

Vodafone's return to growth hints at wider sector recovery

Weak spot in the results was Germany, where it was hit by stiff competition

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Vodafone posted a rise in quarterly sales for the first time in nearly three years on Tuesday in the clearest sign yet that Europe's mobile market is edging towards recovery.

The world's second largest mobile operator has been hit hard by the constraints on consumer spending in its big European markets, fierce competition in India and by regulator-imposed price cuts around the world.

But on Tuesday it finally forecast 2016 core earnings growth on an organic basis following seven straight years of declines.

Cisco profit edges past estimates despite weak telecom spending

Several analysts have interpreted the transition as a signal of changing priorities

Reuters

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc's quarterly profit edged past market estimates as demand for new switches, routers, wireless gear and servers made up for sluggish spending by telecom customers and weak sales in emerging markets.

The network equipment maker is making a transition toward high-end switches and routers and investing in new products such as data analytics software and cloud-management tools.

Last month, market research firm Gartner forecast a decline in telecom services spending this year.

Verizon's top goal with AOL: mobile video advertising

AOL brings cutting-edge tools to buy and sell ads automatically in real-time

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications has made clear what it hopes to gain with the $4.4 billion purchase of AOL: a better way to sell mobile video ads.

AOL, ridiculed for its continuing dial-up Internet business, has in the last few years assembled a set of cutting-edge online video technology tools to buy and sell ads automatically in real-time, measure audience metrics and specifically target users based on their preferences.

Such "programmatic" buying is fast becoming the most effective way for online ads to be bought and sold.

Canada raises more than C$750 million in telecom spectrum auction

Telus Corp emerged as the big winner from the auction

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government said on Tuesday it had raised C$755.4 million ($627.77 million) in a 2500-megahertz spectrum auction set to boost telecom coverage in rural areas across the vast country.

Telus Corp, one of Canada's three biggest telecom companies, emerged as the big winner from the auction. It paid C$478.8 million for 122 licenses across the country, snagging over 40 percent of the licenses sold through the auction.

Enel offers to help build Italy's fibre broadband network

Move could bring utility company into conflict with Telecom Italia

Reuters

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) - Italian power utility Enel has written to the Italian communications regulator offering to help with building a nationwide ultrafast broadband telecoms network, a move that could bring it into conflict with Telecom Italia.

Enel, which is controlled by the Italian government, wrote a letter to the regulator on April 14 saying its domestic network could be used to help install fibre optic cables more cheaply.

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