In a keynote address to wrap up the second day of Mobile World Congress, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, addressed the technological future, both for those with unlimited access to technology, as well as those with vertically no access at all.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Amdocs, a provider of customer experience systems, announced the launch of Amdocs Mobile Payments. The new service is a cloud-based gateway, enabling mobile operators to scale their mobile payments business for both prepaid and postpaid customers to open new revenue streams. Mobile payments that are charged via the carrier offer consumers the option of charging purchases directly to their mobile phone bill, prepaid balance or mobile wallet.
Network capacity is a key problem for major telecom operators today. The lack of spectrum and increased data usage are placing a huge strain on mobile networks, causing many carriers to turn to capped data plans to manage the increased customer data usage. Millenoki, a mobile data control company based out of the UK, has instead put the control in the consumers hands with a new mobile application that gives the customer different tools to control their own data usage.
There are many aspects about the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry that everyone seems to agree upon, such as its growth potential. But, one topic that seems to divide the industry is the issue of 2G versus 3G and 4G in M2M applications. This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, M2M Zone spoke with some major players in the M2M industry to get their take on the subject.
Gemalto, a provider of digital security, made a few major machine-to-machine announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including an end-to-end service for M2M and NFC content over LTE networks, and a plug-and-play M2M communication terminal from Cinterion.
On Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, AT&T announced a platform service featuring a single SIM offering that expands global coverage. The SIM, along with a service management platform powered by Jasper Wireless, arms connected and M2M device manufacturers with the ability to manage global wireless device deployment and operations across markets with diagnostic tools and smart process automation.
Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Tuesday announced a global strategic partnership with Telefonica, a telecommunications network operator, to offer value-added services, customer support, module innovation and global connectivity for M2M applications.
Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected device platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, announced an agreement with NTT DOCOMO to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Japan.
Lantronix, Inc., a provider of smart M2M connectivity services, on Tuesday announced the launch of its new PremierWave-XN, an 802.11n dual-band, multi-port serial device server, offering both WiFi and Ethernet connectivity – enabling remote access and easy management of devices or equipment over the network and across the internet.
On Monday at Mobile World Congress, mobile operator Vodafone offered to join forces with rival firms to share the $40 billion bill to build out new superfast fiber networks in Europe, in a sign of the increasing demands being placed on operators.
Chief executive Vittorio Colao said he had approached rivals in Germany, Spain and Italy to consider co-investing in new networks to meet the insatiable demand for faster speeds at a time when consumers are not willing to pay a huge premium.