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.

Monetizing mobile video with policy control

Mobile video offers opportunities for operators to earn new revenue, but strains network bandwidth. Learn how policy control or policy and charging rules function (PCRF) is being used to help operators deliver mobile video effectively.

Rise of e-book readers to result in decline of book publishing business

IHS

Marking a major inflection point, the book publishing industry has entered a period of long-term decline because of the rising sales of e-book readers, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.

Book revenue for U.S. publishers, including both e-books and paper books, will decrease at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3 percent from 2010 to 2014.

This marks a shift from the previous period of 2005 to 2010, when revenue grew slightly. 

Green light for diesel gensets

Mobile network operators go green off grid with diesel gensets

Bringing global mobile communications to communities in remote locations comes at a price, not the least being the cost of providing off-grid power supplies to "last mile" base transceiver stations (BTSs). That the diesel genset, with its track record of reliability and longevity, still remains the most practical solution is indicated by projected off-grid BTS deployment figures for the next two years. What's more, diesel gensets are becoming greener and are set to play a major role in ensuring stable, continuous power supplies -- whatever the weather -- alongside solar and wind power generation systems.

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.

Delivering mobile video efficiently with PCRF: Tekelec one-on-one

Tekelec's recent white paper, "Policy control and mobile video: Options for managing growth" discusses the use of policy control (PCRF) to manage the delivery of video over mobile networks, with an emphasis on balancing the delivery of video to users with the impact on the network. According to Randy Fuller, director of strategic marketing at Tekelec, subscriber choice is a key component of finding that balance. In this Q&A interview, Fuller provides some insights on PCRF and the future of mobile video.

Supreme Court rules for AT&T in arbitration case

Reuters

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."

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