Cinterion boasts first-ever global M2M module

M2M vendor Cinterion (Munich, Germany) has launched its first industrial-grade M2M module that works on networks around the world and can therefore be used to support voice and data roaming.

Owned by Gemalto (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), the company has developed its PXS8 module for use on the network of US operator Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), which is making a push into the M2M market.

The module could give rise to new business opportunities for global enterprises that want to launch M2M services on networks operated by Verizon and its roaming partners.

Intel: M2M data tsunami begs for analytics, security

Petabytes of data from entire cities or global deployments of sensors, boiled down into actionable metrics that can produce tangible results. That’s the future of M2M deployments according to Intel, and the chipmaker claims it’s not far away. Rick Lisa, the company’s director of M2M global business development, spoke to a gathering of M2M developers at the Telit DevCon event, held on the eve of the CTIA’s MobileCon show in San Diego.

Cisco launches smart-grid developer program

Cisco (San Jose, USA) is hoping to accelerate the development of smart-grid technology with the launch of a developer program that provides participants with access to tools, resources and go-to-market support.

Called the Connected Grid Cisco Developer Network (CDN), the program allows partners to develop services that can be integrated with Cisco’s GridBlocksTM architecture and Connected Grid solutions to support advanced smart-grid capabilities.

Digi sheds light on turnkey M2M deployment

An operator of coin-activated air compressors – used to inflate car tires at filling stations, general stores and other retailers – has successfully been able to retrofit its machines with embedded communications devices, providing the company with a real-time picture of its operations and revenue reconciliation for the first time.

The machine operator shares revenues with the retail hosts, and is convinced that it will be able to land more business by showing its retailers information about revenues and providing an improved service.

Vodafone to unveil new M2M innovations in Amsterdam

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) has announced it will unveil a range of new M2M products for smart meters and homes at this week’s Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 show being held in Amsterdam.

The UK operator plans to give practical demonstrations of solar panel remote monitoring, energy data management tools for business and its Global M2M Platform to show how smart metering can help businesses improve customer satisfaction, streamline operations and reduce energy costs.

US Starbucks stores get Square mobile pay in November

Reuters

Smartphone-wielding Starbucks (Seattle, USA) customers in the United States will get a new way to pay in early November when the world's biggest coffee chain begins accepting Square (San Francisco, USA) Wallet mobile payments at its roughly 7,000 company-operated U.S. stores.

Starbucks , which has embraced new technology ranging from social media to mobile payments, on Thursday said it also plans to add digital tipping next summer - something sure to thrill its baristas.

Vringo files lawsuit against ZTE for patent infringement in UK

Reuters

Vringo Infrastructure Inc, a unit of mobile phone software maker Vringo Inc (New York, USA), filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the UK unit of Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, China), driving up Vringo's shares by as much as 21 percent in early trading.

"ZTE has elected not to take a license to patents in Vringo's portfolio relevant to certain international standards," David Cohen, head of licensing, litigation, and intellectual property at Vringo, said in a statement.

China's Huawei, ZTE should be banned: draft House panel report

Reuters

China's top telecoms gear makers should be shut out of the U.S. market as potential Chinese state influence on them poses a security threat, the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said in a draft of a report to be released on Monday.

U.S. intelligence must stay focused on efforts by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, China) and ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, China) to expand in the United States, and tell the private sector as much as possible about the purported espionage threat, the panel leaders said, based on their 11-month investigation of the two firms.

Vivendi looking into sale of Maroc Telecom stake

Vivendi (Paris, France) is considering a sale of its controlling stake in Morocco’s largest telecoms operator, according to the Financial Times.

The French media conglomerate has reportedly hired Lazard and Crédit Agricole banks to look into the sale of its 53% stake in Maroc Telecom (Rabat, Morocco).

Such a divestment could raise as much as €4 billion for Vivendi, according to financiers cited by the FT.

Hutchison, EU set for talks on Orange Austria bid

Hutchison 3G (Hong Kong) is set to meet EU authorities on Wednesday this week to present the case for its planned takeover of Orange Austria, reports Reuters.

The mooted €1.3 billion acquisition has run into opposition from Joaquin Almunia, the EU’s competition commissioner, who fears the merger will result in a poorer deal for Austrian telecoms consumers and higher wholesale rates for MVNOs.

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