70% of rural broadband subscribers receiving service below 4 Mbps target

Calix, Inc. on Thursday released excerpts for its latest U.S. Rural Broadband Report, based on Internet traffic information drawn from over 50 U.S. communications service provider networks from the first quarter (January through March) of 2012.

Vodafone buys NZ outfit from Telstra for $670 million

Reuters

Australia's Telstra will sell its struggling New Zealand operations to mobile operator Vodafone in a $670 million deal, threatening Telecom New Zealand's dominance and potentially making it a future takeover target.


Under the sale, Vodafone New Zealand said it will acquire TelstraClear's (Wellington, New Zealand) fixed-line and Internet operations, which hold only 16% of New Zealand's broadband market but will now have the muscle to compete head-on with much larger Telecom.

Acme Packet says weak telecom spending to hit results

Reuters

Shares of Acme Packet Inc slid as much as 16% to their lowest in two years on Friday amid a broad selloff in the technology sector after the network gear maker forecast quarterly results that fell far short of expectations.


Rival Riverbed Technology Inc (San Francisco, Calif., USA) fell as much as 9%, while Juniper Networks Inc (Sunnyvale, Calif., USA) dropped as much as 4%.

Femtocell market ignited by vendor battles, price erosion, shift to the enterprise

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its first quarter Femtocell Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks femtocells by market segment, technology, and form factor. According to the report, following a 20% surge the previous quarter, global 2G and 3G femtocell revenue dipped 2.7% in 1Q12, even as femtocell unit shipments grew 14.0%

KPN expected to pay shareholders less, invest more

Reuters

KPN is likely to pay less to shareholders and invest more in its telecoms networks after Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim took effective control, analysts said, in a strategy reversal intended to revive the Dutch company. America Movil, owned by Slim, acquired a 27.7% stake in KPN last week, becoming its biggest shareholder with effective control due to the low attendance rate at shareholders meetings.

The 2012 Olympic communication challenges ahead

This summer's Olympic Games in London will be the climax of several years of planning by various organizing committees, including LOCOG - the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - the UK government-appointed organization tasked with preparing and staging the London 2012 Games.

M2M, WiFi likely to offer more roaming opportunities than legislation

The biggest growth opportunities in the roaming market for operators today exist in areas other than regulation, according to a survey conducted by MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services. Wi-Fi and M2M both generated the most interest amongst delegates and industry experts at MACH Insights 2012.

SBA Communications acquires 3,252 towers from TowerCo for $1.45 billion

On Tuesday, SBA Communications Corporation, an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North and Central America, announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with certain affiliates of TowerCo, an independent tower company, that own 3,252 tower sites in 47 states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The deal will take SBA’s tower count to over 15,000.

Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market to grow eightfold to $2.2 billion by 2017

Global revenue for carrier Wi-Fi access points and controllers will reach $2.2 billion in 2017 to reach a level equivalent to almost one-half of the traditional enterprise or consumer Wi-Fi segments in the same period, says research firm ABI Research.

The majority of the total market in 2011 was accounted for by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless, and Ericsson/BelAir, and as traditional mobile infrastructure vendors add Wi-Fi to their portfolios, these early market share rankings will fluctuate.

Optimizing a service provider network

Broadband access and broadband services will be the main driver of revenue growth for mobile service providers over the next five years. However, there is currently a significant strain being placed on wireless networks. With smartphone and tablet adoption on the rise and user demand for mobile video continuing to explode, service providers are increasingly challenged to manage expanding networks.

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