Ambient joins Wi-Fi Alliance; Competitive carrier capex stable in Q4 2011

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> Ambient Corp., a provider of smart grid platforms and technologies, has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance. Release

> U.S. Department of Defense named McAfee as the primary subcontractor to Northrop Grumman Information Systems (NGIS), the prime integration contractor, for the Host Based Security System (HBSS) program. Release

> A Dutch service provider has applied for a second loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the buildout of fiber networks in 35 smaller cities, mainly in 2012 and 2013. Article

> A new Siemens-sponsored report says that pure IP and cloud infrastructures offer businesses and IT departments more savings versus a traditional PBX. Article

> Verizon tapped Martin Thall to oversee its new telematics solutions group. Article

And finally ... Telecom Ramblings reports that competitive service provider capex was stable in Q4 2011. Article