On Tuesday, Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a supplier of wireless modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, announced the launch of a high-speed automotive M2M module with a triple-diversity antenna design. According to Cinterion, the AH3 delivers communications across global 2G and 3G cellular networks for applications such as, onboard vehicle computing, internet access, fleet management as well as automatic eCall and emergency roadside assistance and integrated hands free calling.
The third quarter could mark the end of a hot streak for Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) as a combination of a global slowdown, tough competition and an increase in low margin business cloud the outlook for the world's top mobile equipment firm.
The last three quarters have seen booming sales at Ericsson's key networks unit, driven largely by investment in mobile broadband in the United States and second generation equipment in China.
The adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications has really come on strong during the past 12 - 24 months. Component, hardware and network costs have all decreased to levels that make the development and sale of M2M applications an attractive business opportunity across a growingly diverse set of vertical industries. In fact, Analysys Mason is predicting that the global market for M2M devices will grow to 2.1 billion connected devices by 2020, up from 62 million in 2010.
Reporting live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has had a chance to speak with many leading industry executives to get their take on one of the hot topics of the week: 2G versus 3G and 4G in M2M applications.
It seems that everyone has their own opinion on the matter, but most agree that 2G isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Across the broad spectrum of the mobile world, most of the breathless hype is focused on the networks, devices and applications that the fourth generation of mobile technology is making possible, and the future generations that are not far behind. All that momentum about what’s next is typical of a fast-moving industry that has plunged ever-forward and is rarely nostalgic about its past.
If you've ever seen the film The Incredibles, you may remember a line from the arch villain Syndrome: "When everyone is super, then no-one is."
AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. for $39 billion still needs to clear regulatory hurdles, which leaves unanswered questions for the future. These questions deepened Monday when it was announced that RACO Wireless would remain the preferred M2M service provider for T-Mobile USA, and that John Horn, the national director of M2M for T-Mobile USA, would be leaving to serve as president at RACO Wireless, and bringing along most of his M2M staff.