Sprint announced Monday at CTIA in Orlando, Florida, expanded M2M solutions provided by 14 Sprint partners. These partner offerings bring additional specialized capabilities to Sprint’s broad-based M2M portfolio, including the fast-growing segments of connected transportation, fixed and portable solutions, SmartGrid and utilities, and health care.
AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG announced Sunday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. AT&T was unavailable for comment.
There's no question that in the long term LTE will become the mainstay 4G network technology, although its universal use is still in the future. Until then, says ABI Research, some service providers will benefit from a dual-platform strategy based on both LTE and WiMAX.
According to research director Philip Solis, "Intel and others are pushing the idea of heterogeneous networks. This is not to deny LTE's long-term position as the leading 4G platform, but to recognize that a small part of the ecosystem will still be characterized by diversity for some time."
Who stands to benefit?
ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, and China Tel Group, Inc., a US-based operator of wireless broadband and telecommunications networks, today jointly announced they have signed a contract for ZTE to supply ChinaTel with infrastructure equipment for the nine city wireless broadband network ChinaTel is deploying in the Fujian province.
Thanks to its partnership with JouleX, a U.S.-based enterprise energy management company, Orange Business Services launches new IT Energy Audit assessment services, an exclusive offer of its Innovation and Sustainability practice.
Altobridge Limited, an Irish company that makes low-cost wireless network technology, announced this week that Intel Capital and IFC will together invest $12 million in the company.
Wireless backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks Ltd. today announced detailed plans to optimize its organizational structure following the acquisition of Norway's Nera Networks in January 2011. The new organizational structure consists of three solution groups: Short Haul Solutions, Long Haul Solutions and Projects & Services. These groups will be supported by a global sales organization. Dedicated resources within each group will provide Ceragon with the ability to respond quickly with the best solution and stay close to its customers.
One in every eight mobile users worldwide will either have a ticket delivered to their mobile phone or buy a ticket with their phone by 2015 -- over 750 million users -- according to the latest analysis from Juniper Research. This compares with approximately 1 in 20 now (230 million). Ticket delivery will be by SMS, bar codes, mobile web, smartphone apps or near field communication (NFC).
Machine-to-machine (M2M) service offerings appear to be on the rise, but there are areas of the telecom market where carriers may not have the infrastructure to support front-end B2B M2M services. In this article, Alex Brisbourne parses out the market and offers some resolution as to where M2M can and should become the business of big carriers, and where it likely will not.
Telefónica O2 UK last week announced that they signed a multi-million pound contract with international security solutions group and major UK smart meter operations service provider G4S Utility Services (G4S) to simplify the remote management and monitoring of the O2 UK’s national smart meter network.