Vodafone Qatar has become the latest operator to form a strategic partnership with M2M device maker NetComm Wireless.
The deal comes just weeks after NetComm (Sydney, Australia) announced partnerships with Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY) in the US and Etisalat (Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates, and is aimed at helping Vodafone Qatar (Doha, Qatar) develop a portfolio of smart-city applications, including security systems, intelligent transport systems, smart metering and smart medical devices.
France's upstart mobile player Iliad is seeking talks with larger rivals Vivendi's SFR and Bouygues Telecom over joining the duo's network sharing plan, according to a letter published online by Les Echos newspaper.
The letter attributed to Iliad (Paris, France) Chief Executive Maxime Lombardini underscores how the planned network sharing between France's second- and third-largest operators, which aims to cut costs in response to Iliad's low-cost service, could reshape competition in Europe's fourth-biggest mobile market by clients.
Australian M2M device maker Netcomm Wireless is looking to expand its presence in New Zealand through a distribution deal with local player Exeed.
Under the agreement, Exeed (Auckland, New Zealand) will help to deliver Netcomm’s (Sydney, Australia) M2M devices to commercial resellers and systems integrators in New Zealand.
Netcomm says the partnership will support rising demand in New Zealand for remote asset management, vehicle tracking, real-time awareness and other wireless M2M applications in areas such as agriculture, farming, retail, utilities and transport.
Russian telecoms incumbent Rostelecom has flagged growth in revenues and profits on the back of rising demand for broadband and pay-TV services.
The state-controlled operator reported a 12% increase in net profit for the three months ending September, to RUB10.5 billion ($319 million), and a 2% rise in revenues, to RUB78.2 billion, compared with the same period of 2012.
The number of M2M connections worldwide is set to rise from 368 million in 2013 to 2.9 billion by 2022, according to new research from Strategy Analytics.
The market-research company also expects 3G or even faster networks to account for 78% of all M2M connections by the end of the forecast period.
M2M growth is being driven by a number of factors, says Strategy Analytics, including M2M platform evolution, application and analytics developments, regulation and the creation of new business opportunities.
South Africa’s Vodacom has reported a rise in revenues and earnings over the first six months of the year on the back of growth at its international operations and improved trends in its domestic market.
Majority owned by the UK’s Vodafone (Newbury), the operator said revenues were up by 6.6%, to ZAR36.7 billion ($3.55 billion), compared with the same period in 2012, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization rose by 9.6%, to ZAR13.2 billion, over the same period.
Saudi Telecom has flagged a sharp increase in quarterly profits thanks to the implementation of new cost-cutting measures, and says it is considering the sale of further assets to improve its fiscal position.
The Saudi Arabian incumbent reported a 73% increase in net income for the third quarter, to SAR3.39 billion ($904 million), compared with the same period a year earlier, while revenues for the first nine months of the year edged up by 2.5%, to SAR34.3 billion.
UK-headquartered mobile operator Vodafone is reported to be seeking approval from authorities to take full control of its India business, in which it currently holds a stake of 64.4%.
According to a report from Dow Jones, the operator has sought permission from India’s Foreign Investment Protection Board to buy remaining shares in the company in a deal likely to cost around $1.65 billion.
Cellular networks will generate nearly 60% of all M2M connectivity revenues by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company predicts that M2M connectivity will be embedded in more than two billion devices across nine key industries by that date, but reckons cellular will be the dominant technology in terms of revenues generated by M2M services.
Module maker u-blox has partnered with semiconductor designer ARM on the development of a “cellular kit” for the design of wirelessly connected location-aware devices used to support M2M services.
The companies have branded their joint offering the C027 “Internet of Things Starter Kit” and plan to conduct a demonstration of the technology at this week’s ARM TechCon conference being hosted in California.
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