Britain could see next-generation high-speed mobile services by the end of this year after telecoms regulator Ofcom said it would let mobile operator Everything Everywhere reuse its radio spectrum for a 4G network.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Gemalto, a digital security provider, announced on Monday that Mobily, a mobile operators in Saudi Arabia, has selected its Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as smart grid metering and fleet tracking.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shifts in the product offerings by Personal Navigation Device (PND) vendors can be seen as a bid to prevail in a market that is expected to decline by over 40% by 2016, says ABI Research.
According to a recent report by Pike Research, utility operators are now in open discussions about protection products for smart grid security, and these conversations will lead to significant growth in the sector over the next several years. Cumulative smart grid cyber security investment from 2011 to 2018 will total $14 billion, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.
On Tuesday, Digi International released the XBee 865LP, a multi-channel 865 MHz wireless module that features up to 10 channels for interference immunity. The module can improve network performance in "noisy" wireless environments and offers twice the range of other modules, says the company. The low-power module is based on Analog Device's ADF7023 transceiver and can be used for energy management, sensor deployments and other wireless networking applications.
IEEE, a professional association focused on advancing technology, on Monday announced five new standards, as well as a modified standards-development project, that are all intended to aid the rollout of the smart grid worldwide. The new standards and standards projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board carve new dimensions into the IEEE portfolio of more than 100 active standards or standards in development relevant to the smart grid.
On Tuesday, Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announces that its HE910, a pentaband HSPA+ M2M module, enables connectivity in the personal tracker from WH Electronics Inc., a provider of electronic controllers and systems for the automotive Industry
Vodafone must decide whether to bid for Britain's Cable & Wireless Worldwide by 29 March after regulator the Takeover Panel extended the deadline on Friday to the same date set for potential rival bidder Tata Communications.
French telecoms group Iliad said low-cost Free Mobile offers launched in January had been an immense success and it will accelerate the rollout of its mobile network. Iliad's new services forced larger rivals Bouygues Telecom, France Telecom and Vivendi to cut prices and lavish attention on customers to prevent mass defections.
Speculation has mounted over how many customers Free Mobile has siphoned off. Iliad (Paris) said it would provide figures with its first-quarter results in May.
A new study by Juniper Research forecasts that NFC will facilitate transactions valued at $74 billion by 2015, as NFC will be increasingly used for the payment of goods in-store and as transport tickets. The increasing use of mobile devices as an alternative to credit cards and paper tickets is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile commerce market, says Juniper Research.