Axeda, Multi-Tech Systems announce M2M alliance

Axeda Corporation, a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and Multi-Tech Systems, a provider of M2M communications products and services, on Monday announced a new alliance that will further reduce the cost and complexity of bringing complete machine-to-machine (M2M) services to market.

London Olympics to use M2M telematics powered by Telit

Alexander Dennis, the UK's largest bus and coach manufacturer, has announced that Traffilog, a web-based telematics provider, will be installed in their public service vehicles in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Traffilog has also been selected by Kings Ferry, the UK coach operator, to secure its fleet of coaches they are supplying for the police and VIPs during the Games.

4G mobile networks to cover half the world by 2017, says Ericsson

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Half the world will have access to 4G mobile networks by 2017 providing the high-speed Internet access needed to download videos and play games on smartphones, Ericsson said in a report on the telecoms market on Tuesday.

How service providers can meet consumer demand using the social cloud

The social cloud is an integration of cloud-based services with traditional communications and social media channels.   The two driving forces behind the social cloud evolution are the transition of content from traditional media like books, magazines, and CDs into bits and bytes, as well as the desire for everyone to share and communicate instantaneously.

Leap Wireless to sell prepaid iPhone, may hurt AT&T, Verizon

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Leap Wireless International Inc will be the first U.S. provider of prepaid mobile services to sell the Apple Inc iPhone, potentially putting pressure on its much bigger rivals to provide cheaper phone or service prices.


The regional operator, which caters to cost-conscious customers who pay phone bills in advance, is joining its much bigger national rivals Verizon Wireless (New York), AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, USA) and Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan., USA) in selling the popular device.

Asian nations need to close growing infrastructure gaps, says Alcatel-Lucent

Last week at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Alcatel-Lucent said by the end of the decade Asia will need to invest $1.1 trillion in its telecom infrastructure to compete in the digital economy.


According to the telecom equipment provider, over the past five years, Asia has added 1.5 billion additional mobile subscribers; yet still more than 25% of Asians live without basic mobile services. Over the next five years governments and business will need to add another 1.3 billion mobile subscribers to bridge the gap, says Alcatel-Lucent (Paris). 

Using personalized videos to explain telecom bills to customers

Telecom operators have recently made a major push in offering personalized services to their customers, primarily in an effort to retain customers and reduce churn. Customer churn is caused by many factors including bill shock and a lack of customer service satisfaction, two points that Idomoo, a personalized video company, has been trying to address in the telecom industry.

Cisco projects 18.8 billion network connections by 2016

Last week, Cisco issued results from its annual initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth, and found that by 2016, annual global IP traffic is forecast to be 1.3 zettabytes - (a zettabyte is equal to a sextillion bytes, or a trillion gigabytes). The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011 (369 exabytes).

AT&T says rural lines sale may be too difficult

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On Friday, AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said that a sale of rural phone lines may be too difficult to pull off because of regulatory hurdles. Stephenson had said in January that the company would review the future of its roughly 20 million rural telephone lines, including the possibility for a sale. But selling the phone lines could be difficult because of their diverse geographic locations, the executive said on Friday in a webcast of a Sanford C.

Verizon to Acquire Hughes Telematics

On Friday, Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it is acquiring Hughes Telematics, Inc (HTI) for $612 million, or $12.00 per share in cash.


According to Verizon (New York), the transaction will expand its capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics marketplace and accelerate growth in vertical segments. 

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