M2M used in landslide detection for governments

On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Green Life Networks (GLN), a department of Gemtek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a provider of wireless broadband solutions, to provide a landslide sensor for local, state and federal governments.

By deploying a group of sensors on hills with landslide potential, these sensors are able to detect minute movements to identify the formation of potential landslide.

Analysis: Sprint network upgrade may curb unlimited data plan

Reuters

Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) may be forced to abandon the biggest advantage it has over its rivals - unlimited data services for a flat fee - because of heavy data users and a shortage of wireless airwaves.

Moreover, the increasing likelihood that AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) plan to buy T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.), the nation's fourth-largest mobile operator, will fail may have the paradoxical result of making Sprint's position even more untenable, according to analysts who follow all three companies.

Blocking AT&T, T-Mobile deal could hurt rivals

Reuters

Driven by antitrust concerns, U.S. regulators are fighting hard to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA. But, in an ironic twist, smaller U.S. wireless rivals may suffer more if the deal is blocked than if it is approved.

Samsung to be largest LTE macro base stations provider in Asia Pacific

Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year.  According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).

China overtakes U.S. as largest smartphone market

Smartphone shipments reached a record 24 million units in China during the third quarter of 2011, overtaking the United States, who had 23 million units, according to a recent report by Strategy Analytics (Newton, Mass., U.S.A.). This is the first time China has surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s largest smartphone market by volume.

In China, smartphone shipments grew 58% to 23.9 million units during the third quarter of 2011, while shipments in the U.S. fell 7% to 23.3 million units, according to Linda Sui, an analyst at Strategy Analytics.

Cloud infrastructure equipment to exceed $33 billion in 2011

The cloud equipment market for the first half of 2011 exceeded $17 billion in sales and is expected to exceed $33 billion in 2011, according to a report by Synergy Research Group (Reno, Nev., U.S.A.)

Nokia Siemens Networks to cut 17,000 jobs, 23% of its workforce

Reuters

Struggling telecom equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) plans to cut 17,000 jobs, or 23% of its workforce, to save about $1.35 billion a year. The venture of Finnish group Nokia and German conglomerate Siemens will now focus on mobile broadband gear and services.

Nokia Siemens Networks has struggled for profitability since it was formed in 2007 because of tight spending by operators and fierce competition from rivals Huawei (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden).

M2M doubles in size, stresses security at CeBIT 2012

Experts in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications know that billions of intelligent devices connected on networks represent enormous opportunity, but also enormous risk. Many of these experts will gather in the M2M Zone at the CeBIT 2012 trade show in Hannover, Germany to discuss digital security for embedded devices, which will be the major theme for 350,000 attendees to the world's largest ICT event.

FCC chief seeks added review on AT&T, T-Mobile deal

Reuters

AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) was dealt a blow on Tuesday as the top U.S. communications regulator sought to have its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.) sent to an administrative law judge for review. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a draft order to his fellow commissioners, citing FCC staff findings that the deal would significantly diminish competition and lead to massive job losses.

CEA forms smart grid interface standards committee

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on Wednesday launched a new smart grid committee to advance standardization of the Modular Communications Interface (MCI) specification. The new standard will help manufacturers, utilities, service providers and consumers as it leads to more smart grid-ready products, says CEA.

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