Spotlight on Canada

Cooperation necessary in this tricky market

Just north of the US border lies the second largest country on earth. Canada’s population of 34 million is just over one tenth of the US population. In many ways, Canada is quite similar to the US. However, the mobile environment is quite different.

Canadians are still in the middle of the pack when it comes to mobile penetration. While the country was an early adopter of mobile technology, inexpensive land line phone services kept the growth of mobile at relatively modest levels throughout the 1990s. As of June 2010, Canadian wireless subscribers numbered 23.4 million.

Telecom Argentina posts 28% profit

Mobile phone and broadband drives spike

Telecom Argentina (Buenos Aires), one of Argentina's top telephone companies, said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter net profit jumped 28 percent as the company's mobile phone and broadband sales expanded.

The company -- controlled by Telecom Italia -- reported a net profit of 512 million pesos ($124.7 million) for the last quarter of 2010, up from 399 million pesos a year earlier, according to a statement sent to the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.

The figure came in a shade above the median forecast for a net profit of 500 million pesos, given in a Reuters poll of four analysts.

HP announces four telehealth strategic partnerships

Robust healthcare suite to appear on some forthcoming mobile workstations

HP (Palo Alto, CA, USA) introduced four new telehealth partnerships on Sunday at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. "LifeBot," provider of a mobile telemedicine solution, "Canvys," a medical display company, "Medweb," a cloud-hosted image and data repository, and "Parental Health," a senior monitoring company.

California school district uses GPS tracking to combat truancy

Controversial technique attracts national attention

Frustrated school officials have turned to GPS tracking in an attempt to curb truancy, as reported in a local California, USA newspaper. The six week pilot program is aimed at habitually truant seventh- and eighth-grade students with four or more unexcused absences.

CINTERION introduces the world's smallest LGA module

The BGS2 is ideal for personal tracking, medical applications

CINTERION (Munich, Germany) today introduced BGS2, the world’s smallest LGA (Land Grid Array) module for M2M solutions requiring voice and high speed GPRS data. Designed for high volume production, this ultra compact module is ideal for small M2M devices like personal tracking units and portable medical devices.

Smart Grid interoperability standard nears voting phase

IEEE Working Group aims for ballot-ready draft by March

IEEE has announced that IEEE P2030, a proposed standard for smart grid communications, is nearing sponsor ballot within IEEE, a major milestone toward ratification as a standard. Work will continue at the IEEE P2030 Working Group meeting, today and tomorrow in New Orleans, LA, USA.

IEEE P2030 is being developed for use by the power engineering, communications and information technology industries worldwide as a foundational, system-of-systems guide for Smart Grid interoperability. IEEE is the first standards development organization to address Smart Grid interoperability.

Printed and chipless RFID research predicts huge growth by 2019

Printed ID tags will cost less than one cent

IDTechEx (Cambridge, MA, USA), an M2M-sector analyst firm, has released their "Printed and Chipless RFID Forecasts, Technologies & Players 2011-2021" report, which predicts a spike in this market to $3.93 billion by 2019.

Sprint partners with IDEAL LIFE Inc. for wireless telehealth

Companies will develop devices for use on Sprint's network

Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) is partnering with IDEAL LIFE Inc. (Toronto, Canada) to expand IDEAL LIFE's product portfolio to include embedded wireless devices. The companies will develop, certify and co-market a version of the IDEAL LIFE hub to transmit health data over the Sprint network.

Ericsson Money Services launches

Company hopes to dominate mobile payments and banking by 2020

Equipment maker Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) has announced the launch of its mobile money services, seeking to take and intermediary role in near-field communications purchases. The announcement marks the end of the service's two year development, and follows a proof-of-concept launch in Europe and Asia.

Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers eye the U.S.

$7 billion market at stake

Chinese telecom equipment makers have their sights set on the United States, a massive market that has so far been largely off limits to them because of fears over the security of key national infrastructure.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China), the world's number three seller of network gear, and ZTE (Shenzhen), number five, both told Reuters in interviews at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that they wanted to crack the United States.

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