KT to become top owner of BC Card, bets on mobile payment

Board approves purchase of 33.85% stake

Reuters

KT Corp, South Korea's No.2 mobile carrier, said on Thursday that it plans to become the top shareholder of credit card processing firm BC Card, betting on mobile payment services to generate new revenue.

KT (Seoul) said in a statement that its board had approved its planned purchase of a combined 33.85 percent stake in BC Card from Woori Bank and Shinhan Card.

AT&T Adds 2 Million Devices in Q4, Edges Ahead of Verizon in M2M Race

US network now supports almost 11 million devices

As cell phone penetration in the US hits 95% (100% if you rule out kids under 5 years of age), the battleground for the largest telecom carriers has shifted to machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. And it looks like AT&T (Dallas, TX USA) has just gotten its nose ahead in this race, adding almost 2 million devices in Q4 2010. (Note: this includes consumer and computing devices like eReaders, tablets and laptops.)

M2M Zone Conference and Pavilion at International CTIA Wireless 2011

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:00am
End Date: 
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 5:50pm

Join the M2M Zone in Orlando Florida at International CTIA WIRELESS 2011 March 22-24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. The convergence of more than 1,200 exhibiting companies representing all facets of the wireless industry, where more than 40,000 professionals from over 125 countries meet, all working toward the common goal of revolutionizing the wireless industry.

M2M Zone Pavilion and Conference at CeBIT 2011

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Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:00am
End Date: 
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 5:00pm

Join the M2M Zone Pavilion and Conference at CeBIT, 1 - 5 March 2011 in Hannover, Germany. There is simply no other trade show where M2M companies can meet with high number of key enterprise executives from a variety of vertical industries like automotive & fleet management, telehealth, energy & utilities, public infrastructure, telecommunications, and security and defense.

ITU Telecom World 2011

Event: 
Date
Start Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2011
End Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2011

ITU Telecom World 2011 is a forum for change. It's a place where the world's telecommunications leaders come together to map out and shape the future of the industry, to make the right decisions with significant impacts on our world. Geneva, CH http://world2011.itu.int/

Telecom Council Mobile Forum: M2M

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 9:00am
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 5:00pm

Machine-to-machine communication is benefitting from strong wireless carrier support, dropping cost of connections and modems, and growing global low-bandwidth data networks. This meeting will bring together the carriers, network consolidators, manufacturers, vertical experts, and the startup companies that are pushing this wireless segment into the future.

Santa Clara, US
http://telecomcouncil.cvent.com/event/MF_M2M

Euopean Smart Grid Cyber Security Forum

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 9:00am
End Date: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 5:00pm

Influential players from the European and UK Landscape will come together to look at and discuss the importance of Smart Grid Deployment, and the risks associated with digital modernized electricity networks.

London, UK
http://www.smi-online.co.uk/smartgridcybersecurity18.asp

Cyber Security for Government Asia

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 9:00am
End Date: 
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:00pm

In its inaugural year, Cyber Security for Government Asia 2011 will bring together international and regional speakers to discuss emerging trends in cyber security, how this will affect public sector information security and what measures can be taken to ensure a secure IT infrastructure.

Bangkok, TH
http://www.cybersecurityasia.com

Iridium signs five new partners, including KORE Telematics

Digi, ACR Electronics, DeLorme, and Xact Technology also on board

Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, VA, USA) has signed agreements with five new partners to market Iridium-based solutions for the mobile machine-to-machine sector. The company hopes these new partnerships will open up numerous customer opportunities.

Iridium--formerly "Iridium Satellite LLC"--operates a network of 66 active orbiting satellites used for worldwide voice and data communication from handsets and other transceivers.

Handset telematics will spike by 2016

Issues such as safety and interoperability still remain

ABI Research

The number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will explode from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region, according to the latest ABI Research (New York) forecasts.

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