Middle Eastern operator Etisalat has extended a long-standing partnership with M2M gateways provider Netcomm Wireless in another sign of its growing interest in the M2M opportunity.
The operator said the deal will build on an existing agreement to provide M2M services to vertical market customers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
As a result of the new agreement, Netcomm’s (Sydney, Australia) product portfolio will be extended to Etisalat’s (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) operations in 15 countries.
Satellite company Orbcomm has teamed up with sensors specialist Savi Technology to develop new location-based monitoring services for government and commercial markets.
The two companies have already submitted a proposal to the US Army to develop RFID tags and satellite solutions for military logistics support.
Revenues generated in the commercial fleet telematics market will rise from about $7.25 billion in 2012 to some $26.8 billion in 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research firm says that North America will remain the biggest regional market, followed closely by the Asia Pacific, with Western Europe coming in third place.
The sector has been heavily affected by M&A activity over the past two or three years, notes ABI, with private equity firms playing a pivotal role in consolidation.
UK operator Vodafone says it will extend 4G services to Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester this month and claims to have signed up more than 100,000 customers since it began offering the service in late August.
The company plans to switch on its 4G network in Liverpool on October 17, activate services in Glasgow on October 24 and add Manchester to the list soon after that.
Last month, Vodafone (Newbury, UK) launched 4G services in the cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, having made services available in London in late August.
Australian telecoms incumbent Telstra says more than 3.2 million 4G devices are now operating on its network just two years after it first launched the high-speed technology.
Telstra’s (Melbourne, Australia) ability to convert customers to 4G looks impressive considering that UK operator EE (Hatfield) – which provides services in a much bigger market, in terms of population, but over a much smaller geographical area – took ten months to sign up one million 4G customers despite being a monopoly provider of the technology over that period.
The average price of mobile internet access has fallen by 17.7% over the past year, according to the latest study by ABI Research.
The market-research company regularly monitors internet prices in a range of countries and notes a sharp drop in costs to the consumer between September 2012 and September 2013.
Middle Eastern telecoms operator Zain Bahrain has signed a managed-services deal with Ericsson as it looks to free up resources for investment in higher-end services and offerings.
The four-year agreement will see the operator transfer responsibility to Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) for handling the day-to-day operations of its network.
Similar deals have been struck in other parts of the world as companies try to improve their operating efficiency and focus efforts on improving their service offerings.
Telecom firm bosses on Tuesday urged the European Commission to reconsider a major reform package which includes a price cap on cross-border phone calls and an end to roaming fees, and to allow more consolidation in the sector.
Their opposition throws up obstacles for the proposals championed by EU telecom chief Neelie Kroes which aim to spur companies to invest to help Europe catch up with the fast mobile and broadband networks in the United States and Asia.
Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it would cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, calling it the last chance to turn the company around from heavy losses.
It was the latest step in a plan to focus on high-growth areas ranging from 4G mobile to high-speed broadband, and to lower fixed costs by more than 15 percent, saving a total of 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion).
The product of a 2006 Franco-U.S. merger aimed at creating a global giant, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) told a European works council meeting it intends to axe nearly one in seven of its employees.
AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson on Tuesday said that he sees a "huge opportunity for somebody" in Europe to invest in mobile broadband and reap the big profits already being generated from such services in the United States.
Stephenson, who has been exploring opportunities for AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) to expand into Europe, said Europe has the potential to be "incredibly exciting" during his appearance at an industry conference held by ETNO, the European telecommunications lobby.