On Tuesday, On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, announced that it has signed an agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (McLean, Va., U.S.A.), a provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services, to become a reseller and systems integrator of On-Ramp's Ultra-Link Processing wireless systems in North America and the UK.
Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, on Tuesday introduced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The kit allows remote devices to be connected wirelessly over cellular networks and integrated into a cloud environment, according to the company. The development kit contains the hardware, software and documentation necessary for ZigBee-to-3G cellular Internet connectivity.
According to Digi, the Development Kits support Sprint, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, Vodafone and other global 3G GSM networks, and cost $499.
Last week, Snaptracs Inc., a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), announced its first product, a GPS tracking system for pets.
Tagg—The Pet Tracker, a pet tracking system equipped with GPS and wireless capabilities, enables pet owners to know where their pets are and be notified if they wander off. The Tagg Master Kit, which includes all hardware and one full year of service, is $199.99 and is anticipated for shipment in September.
Apple Inc, Nokia and Qualcomm Inc are among several technology companies pondering bids for wireless technology manufacturer InterDigital Inc (King of Prussia, Pa., U.S.A.), sources familiar with the situation said. The auction is expected to be heavily contested as giant technology companies fight to shore up patent portfolios.
Shares in InterDigital, which has a market value of about $3 billion, leaped as much as 12.2% on the news, but it quickly backtracked and was up $4.38 or 6.8% at $68.41 in afternoon trade.
The three largest German telecom operators, Telefónica O2, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, plan to enter a joint venture to register their payment service mpass as its own company and have signed a letter of understanding, according to the companies. The new company is due to begin operating as early as this year.
On Tuesday, AT&T revealed both the launch date and data pricing for its first two LTE devices. The USBConnect Momentum 4G and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be launched on August 21, 2011. According to AT&T, the monthly data rate for 5 gigabytes of data is $50 with a $10 charge for any addition data consumed.
The two LTE devices will operate on the 4G LTE network. According to AT&T, if a customer moves outside the LTE network the device will default to the HSPA+ network, which provides 4G speeds that are up to four times faster than mobile broadband speeds.
Large telecom equipment providers have started to report financial results from the second quarter of 2011. Overall, all companies posted an increase in revenue from the year-ago quarter, although some companies revenue declined from the first quarter of 2011. A major contributing factor to many vendors success was a strong smartphone market. Other companies, such as Ericsson, didn’t perform as well as expected due to strong currency rates and restructuring charges.
On Wednesday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued show-cause notices to five mobile operators, questioning complaints by customers concerning overcharging and portability regulations.
Telecom customers from Reliance Communications Ltd., Vodafone Essar, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Loop Telecom and Idea Cellular Ltd. have complained of overcharging and unfair rejection of porting requests.
According to TRAI, directions were issued in May of this year stating the specific grounds of which a telecom operator can reject a porting request under contraction obligation.
On Tuesday the WiMAX Forum (Beaverton, Ore., U.S.A.), a nonprofit organization promoting the adoption of WiMAX, announced that WiMAX technology has surpassed 20 million global subscribers.
Asian handset makers using Google Inc's (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) Android operating system might turn to rival platforms such as Microsoft Corp's (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) Windows after Google upended the mobile landscape with its $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility Holdings (Libertyville, Ill., U.S.A.).