DigitalRoute and MetraTech have teamed up to help communications service providers with the monetization of next-generation services, including M2M and Intenet of Things (IoT) applications delivered over LTE networks.
The companies say they are already providing cloud-based metering, charging and billing services to a North America tier-one customer and aim to expand their offerings for other players as technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) gain traction.
M2M hardware player u-blox says its new 4G LTE module has been certified for use on the network of US telecoms giant Verizon Wireless.
The Swiss company says certification opens the door to the development of M2M services and applications that will function on one of the country’s biggest 4G networks.
Customers will from now on be able to design the TOBY-L100 LTE module – as it is called – into devices operating on Verizon’s (New York City, NY, USA) LTE system.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced another network-sharing deal with Reliance Communications (RCOM) in a further sign of improving relations between India’s Ambani brothers.
The so-called Master Service Agreement will give Reliance Jio (Mumbai, India) access to RCOM’s (Mumbai, India) nationwide inter-city fiber network, which it hopes will help to speed up its deployment of a 4G network across India.
Reliance Jio said the agreement was based on “arm’s length pricing at prevailing market prices”.
New Zealand operator 2degrees says it has kicked off a three-month trial of 4G technology with plans to introduce commercial services by July.
The operator – the smallest of New Zealand’s three mobile players – is running an LTE trial at ten sites in central Auckland, using 1800MHz spectrum.
The aim is to launch commercial services in central Auckland by July before expanding into the wider Auckland area and the cities of Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch by the end of the year.
Kore Telematics has taken over Jazz Wireless Data to expand its footprint and expertise in the M2M connectivity area.
Under the deal, whose terms were not disclosed, Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) will acquire a “six-figure” subscriber base from Jazz (Raleigh, NC, USA), which provides M2M networking services in North America.
US MVNO Raco Wireless says it has won a contract to support German carmaker Audi with the rollout of 4G LTE services.
The news comes shortly after Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) teamed up with US telecoms giant AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) on the launch of the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which is being promoted as the first car in the US market that will include 4G LTE connectivity.
Audi plans to launch the 2015 Audi A3 sedan this spring.
Half the population of Africa will be covered with 4G networks by the end of 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, as the number of base stations deployed across the continent increases at a compound annual growth rate of 40% over the next five years.
Even so, LTE network population coverage will be far from homogenous across the region, says ABI Research.
Kore Telematics has launched an educational program in partnership with modem maker Multi-Tech Systems aimed at supporting M2M players facing a shutdown of 2G networks.
Leading US operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) have both announced plans to switch off their 2G networks over the next few years and run all voice and data traffic over 3G and 4G infrastructure.
The plans have generated concern among companies that currently use those 2G networks for their M2M services.
Industrial giant GE has launched a new platform of industrial wireless routers aimed at helping oil and gas and mining companies to expand their communications infrastructure using a variety of technologies.
The company describes its MDS Orbit Platform as a next-generation wireless solution integrating cellular, licensed and unlicensed networks in a single device.
Router manufacturer Encore Networks has teamed up with MVNO Wyless to offer what they call a “4G wireless starter kit” for M2M applications.
The two companies say the new kit will allow customers to develop and test industrial M2M applications at no cost before they commit to a long-term wireless data plan.
The package includes an Encore (Chantilly, VA, USA) router, technical support and up to 500 megabytes of free data on the 4G network of Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) – prepaid for 60 days by Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA).