On Wednesday, Telefonica's O2 (Slough, England) announced plans to introduce free calls to mobiles and landlines over the internet. This decision highlights a key challenge for mobile operators - overcoming the commoditization of voice calls - a process which is being facilitated by falling mobile termination rates. Offering their own applications will be one way for operators to differentiate their products and retain a share of this growing market.
For the first time in history, wireless subscriber connections have surpassed the population in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), which means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. is 103.9%, according to a survey connected by CTIA- the Wireless Association.
On Wednesday, TelecomEngine got a chance to visit with Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.) at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California to get a demo of their newest piece of technology.
Verizon showcased the Mobile UC Client, a tool that allows a person’s business landline number to be assessable from their mobile phone. According to Bill Versen, director of Advanced Mobile Communications at Verizon, this is meant to leverage existing infrastructure to extend the Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to the mobile phone.
Reporting live from the floor of the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has seen new products and announcements from many key players in the industry. It’s fair to say that overall, the M2M industry is optimistic about the future of the market, as well as the new opportunities for growth opening up in the M2M space. “We are in the second inning of a 20 inning ballgame,” says Stratton Nicolaides, CEO of Numerex.
RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.), a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, announced four partnerships at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California.
The first partnership announced by RACO Wireless was with Aeris Communications Inc. (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.), a cellular carrier for M2M applications. Aeris offers CDMA coverage throughout North America, as well as GSM coverage through T-Mobile.
Live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, M2M Zone has seen many important announcements from M2M companies, including u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), a wireless chip and module company. On Monday, u-blox announced a CDMA module for the U.S. market, as well as partnership with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.).
On Monday, a day before the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show was set to get underway in San Diego, California, the GSM Association, including top executives from AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.), Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) and Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) came together to speak about the major revenue opportunities that exist with mobile connected devices.
New and additional services for connectivity and data management are the highest priorities for vendors to the M2M industry according to experts at an industry gathering organized by module maker Telit Wireless Solutions and held on the eve of the CTIA Enterprise show in San Diego.
Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) confirmed that it will sell the next version of Apple Inc's (Cupertino Calif., U.S.A.) iPhone, ending months of speculation about whether it would become the third U.S. operator to sell the device. While carrying the device should help Sprint keep subscribers from fleeing to other operators, some analysts worried whether the costs would outweigh the benefits because Apple phones come at a steep premium to other devices.
Shares of Research In Motion (Ontario, Canada) jumped more than 14% on Wednesday morning on takeover speculation a day after the BlackBerry maker fell below $20 for the first time in almost six years.
The stock jumped $2.95 to $23.95 on the Nasdaq by 11 a.m., with a market report from British newspaper The Independent citing unsubstantiated talk that Vodafone (London, England) could consider buying RIM.