Backhaul, M2M, and IoT at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week

See Core Technologies on Exhibit & Hear Business Applications Discussed by Experts


The Mobile Backhaul Pavilion features exhibits from innovative infrastructure and core access vendors, including AOptix, Clearfield, and Vitesse Semiconductor.

To put the backhaul challenge in context, consider data from Cisco's Visual Networking Index, which forecasts that nearly five billion users and as many as 10 billion additional IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices may be connected by 2018.

Samsung buys home-automation startup SmartThings

Joins Apple and Google in exploring ways to integrate connected household gadgets


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will buy SmartThings, a startup backed by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin that helps connect household devices, one of its largest U.S.-startup acquisitions to date.

The South Korean electronics maker joins fellow technology heavyweights Apple Inc and Google Inc in exploring ways to integrate connected household gadgets such as thermostats and lights with mobile apps, a trend commonly known as "Internet of Things."

Battling network congestion: fiber or wireless for Mobile Backhaul?

As network operators scramble to get ahead of traffic growth, the looming question continues to be, how?

With the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 came the beginning of a global mobile revolution. Since then, mobile computing has transformed every aspect of our lives with smartphones and tablets outselling laptop computers as the primary means of network communication. In fact, this growth will only accelerate in the coming years, as the next wave of mobilization will create even more data from enterprise mobility, wearable computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Aereo CEO calls decision 'massive setback'


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet.

In a decision that could crimp consumers' hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc, a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law by using tiny antennas to broadcast TV content online to paying subscribers.

Wednesday's 6-3 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, is a victory for traditional broadcasters such as CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC, and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox.

EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race

South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks, and is home to Samsung


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country's expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.
South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks and is home to Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker.

Google Glass gets image makeover as launch nears


Google Inc has unveiled a set of fashionable prescription frames and shades for its Glass Internet-connected eyewear in an image makeover to give it broader appeal before a mass launch in the United States later this year.

Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) also announced a deal with Vision Service Plan (Rancho Cordova, CA, USA), the largest U.S. optical health insurance provider, that will allow consumers to get prescription lenses specially fitted to the device.

Analysts Expect M2M and IoT to Drive 'Smart' Innovations, Challenges Notwithstanding

Vertical markets that show promise of innovative breakthroughs will seek to convert challenges into opportunity

New research from global tech analyst firms highlights the increased expectation for innovations to emerge from the convergence of vertical industries around connected products and services. While there is generally consensus that Machine-to-Machine (M2M) ecosystems and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating new opportunities, most experts agree also that explosive growth is over the horizon.

Small cell backhaul market set for dramatic growth: ABI Research

The small cell backhaul market is poised for takeoff and set to grow at a compound annual rate of 48%, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says vendors are now rushing to deliver the ideal backhaul solution, with the market dividing into a number of camps according to technology specialization.

Nokia Siemens and CDNetworks partner on content delivery

Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDNetworks, a provider of web services, that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of a new content delivery service for mobile broadband operators.

The two companies are to work on improving an existing service from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) called Liquid Applications, which allows operators to tailor content and applications depending on a customer’s service preferences and usage profile.

Using personalized videos to explain telecom bills to customers

Telecom operators have recently made a major push in offering personalized services to their customers, primarily in an effort to retain customers and reduce churn. Customer churn is caused by many factors including bill shock and a lack of customer service satisfaction, two points that Idomoo, a personalized video company, has been trying to address in the telecom industry.

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