Satellite company and M2M specialist Orbcomm is to expand its business in Africa after winning an important deal with South Africa’s Cartrack, which provides fleet-management and vehicle-tracking services across the continent.
Under the deal, Cartrack (Johannesburg, South Africa) is set to become Orbcomm’s first value-added reseller in the African transportation sector, distributing Orbcomm’s fleet-management solution through its growing brand and dealer network.
Energy company Alstom Grid is to work with chipmaker Intel on the development of technologies for smart grids and smart cities.
The two companies aim to focus on embedded intelligence and IT systems security in order to speed up the deployment of smart-grid infrastructure.
The deal is described as the fruit of three years of project collaboration.
Revenues generated by the sale of M2M modules failed to break the $1 billion mark last year, as the industry had hoped, but look set to exceed that figure in 2013, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company notes that 2G continues to be the dominant technology used in M2M modules, accounting for 70% of all shipments in 2012, which is partly responsible for the downward pressure on pricing.
“Cellular M2M module price competition was intense in 2012 driven by several factors,” said Dan Shey, a practice director at ABI Research.
SigFox, which claims to be the first cellular operator dedicated exclusively to M2M, has signed a deal with infrastructure owner TDF that will help it to expand the coverage of its network in France.
Under the arrangements, TDF (Paris, France) – which is Europe’s biggest owner of broadcast and telecoms masts – will deploy, host and maintain a part of SigFox’s French network.
SigFox (Toulouse, France) says it will use a large number of TDF’s towers but aim to maximize radio coverage at each one of them to reduce the network’s economic and environmental footprint.
North America’s M2M software and services market is expected to generate revenues of $788.4 million in 2018, up from just $175.4 million last year, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.
The market-research firm says the increase will be driven by a number of factors, including the ability of enterprises to convert raw data into business insights, the growth of partnerships between systems and the demand for remote monitoring solutions for distributed assets.
Spain’s Telefonica is touting its M2M credentials after scoring highly in two separate rankings of M2M communications service providers in recent weeks.
Telefonica Digital, the operator’s M2M division, topped the 2013 M2M Scorecard compiled by analyst firm Analysys Mason and was highlighted for its centralized structure and partnership philosophy.
M2M specialist Gemalto has landed a deal to supply NFC SIM cards to Russia’s MTS for use with a mobile-phone based public-transport ticketing service in the city of Novosibirsk.
Gemalto’s Upteq SIM technology is to be operated in conjunction with Zolotaya Korona, a Russian payment and money transfer system, allowing users to pay for journeys on buses and the Novosibirsk metro by tapping their devices on an NFC reader.
Customers are to be charged for their journeys through the usual MTS billing arrangements.
Spain’s Telefonica and Russia’s MegaFon have announced details of a new strategic partnership designed to lower operating costs and spur innovation.
The deal brings together Spain’s former state-owned monopoly and the third-biggest mobile-phone operator in Russia, behind MTS (Moscow, Russia) and VimpelCom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and will see the two companies team up on procurement to lower the cost of equipment purchases and also exchange technological know-how.
It seems mobile network operators are constantly being urged to play a bigger M2M role than that of connectivity provider, but Telenor Connexion claims its focus on connectivity is helping it stay ahead of the competition.
The operator this week announced a new deal to provide connectivity services in Europe and Asia for Geotab, a North American fleet telematics specialist now expanding its service internationally.
RACO Wireless is set to announce two acquisitions that will significantly enhance its managed-services offering to M2M customers.
The M2M-focused MVNO had made clear its acquisition intentions last October, when private-equity group Inverness Graham Investments took a majority stake in the business, and has spent much of the intervening period examining potential takeover targets.