Multi-Tech and Sprint to offer data plan with developer's kits for M2M development

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications solutions provider Multi-Tech Systems today announced a partnership with Sprint to offer a 90 day data plan with its Cellular Development Platform (CDP), an all-in-one hardware and OpenEmbedded Linux development environment. This is intended to simplify the development process while significantly reducing costs and time to market. For a limited time, the Sprint models of the Multi-Tech CDP Developer Kits are available for $299 and include 90 days of Sprint network access.

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto deploy BMW telematics for emergency call service

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto today announced that BMW automobile is embedding their Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution in its latest car models to enable emergency call (eCall) services. Deutsche Telekom is the first network operator whose automotive MFF-SIMs solutions are built into an industrial product series.

Budget increases on online video, mobile video outpace all other online categories, says study

Online video advertising services provider BrightRoll today released its third annual Online Video Advertising Report. The report includes new data that shows planned spending on online video is growing faster than all other online categories, with dollars being re-allocated in large part from TV and display ad budgets.

Greenpacket platform enables data offload from cellular to WiFi

Greenpacket, developer of next generation mobile broadband and networking solutions, has enhanced its robust Intouch Connection Management Platform (ICMP) to comply with the 3GPP-defined standard for networking connectivity function, namely the Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF). The enhanced ICMP now enables mobile operators to dynamically offload subscribers from congested cellular networks to WiFi networks using intelligent switching rules based on operator's network management policies and controls.

Supreme Court rules for AT&T in arbitration case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed businesses such as AT&T Inc. a major victory by upholding the use of arbitration for customer disputes rather than allowing claims to be brought together as a group.

By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that an AT&T unit could enforce a provision in its customer contracts requiring individual arbitration and preventing the pooling together of claims into a class-action lawsuit or class-wide arbitration.

Verizon investigating 4G LTE outage

Verizon acknowledged this morning that its 4G LTE network was not working for users across the U.S. after complaints trickled in overnight about a nationwide outage, according to a Computerworld news report.

Verizon Wireless posted two updates acknowledging the outage to its Twitter account.

The first update stated, "We're aware of an issue with #4G #LTE connections & our network engineers are working to resolve quickly. Will update here."

Study says mobile broadband spectrum crisis is 'science fiction'

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Monday filed with the FCC a study by former FCC official Uzoma Onyeije questioning the existence of a spectrum crisis. The paper, entitled "Solving the Capacity Crunch: Options for Enhancing Data Capacity on Wireless Networks," suggests alternative solutions to auctioning broadcasting spectrum to help alleviate mobile broadband congestion. Onyeije concludes that "the impending 'spectrum crisis' is not real.

Chilean telecom Entel to invest big in mobile broadband

Chilean telecommunications operation Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones SA, or Entel, will pursue a nearly $2 billion investment plan through 2013, The Wall Street Journal online reported today.

According to daily newspaper Diario Financiero, The Wall Street Journal reported, the company's president Juan Hurtado said that Entel will focus its investments in the mobile broadband sector. Broadband has seen "explosive growth" in recent years, Hurtado said.

Nokia axes 7,000 jobs to slash costs

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Nokia will axe 7,000 jobs and outsource its legacy Symbian software to slash 1 billion euros ($1.46 billion) of costs as it struggles to compete in the fierce smartphone market.

Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume, on Wednesday detailed an overhaul of its phone business following its decision to start using Microsoft software instead of its own Symbian platform.

The move includes laying off 4,000 staff and transferring another 3,000 to services firm Accenture - a total 12 percent of its phone unit workforce.

UAE to limit some Blackberry services, paper says

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The United Arab Emirates will stop individuals and small businesses accessing the most private data services offered by BlackBerry, a UAE newspaper said, but the government said no services would be disrupted to any subscribers.

Only businesses with 20 or more subscriptions will be allowed to use high security accounts on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which allows for services such as highly secure corporate email, The National newspaper reported earlier this month.

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