Global Standard for Mobile (GSM)

Orbcomm expands GSM presence with Telefonica deal

Satellite player Orbcomm has secured an agreement with Telefonica that will allow it to make use of the Spanish operator’s GSM network when providing M2M applications.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) already has deals in place that allow customers to benefit from so-called dual-mode connectivity, but the deal with Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) could be significant given the operator’s global presence and particular strength in the Latin America region.

Cellular to account for 60% of M2M connectivity revenues by 2018: ABI Research

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.

Telenor's Baksaas to succeed Bernabe as GSMA chairman

The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced that Telenor’s Jon Fredrik Baksaas will serve as its chairman for the remainder of the current Board term, which is set to expire in December 2014.

Baksaas had been appointed as acting chairman following the resignation of Telecom Italia’s (Milan, Italy) Franco Bernabe, who quit his GSMA shortly after stepping down as boss of the Italian phone incumbent.

Global M2M revenues to double between 2012 and 2017: Infonetics

Global revenues from M2M services will more than double between 2012 and 2017, rising from just less than $15 billion to more than $31 billion, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.

The market-research company also expects the number of M2M connections to surpass four billion by 2017, up from around 1.4 billion in 2012.

However, Infonetics urges operators to think beyond cellular technology when envisaging their future M2M services.

Bernabe quits as GSMA chairman

Erstwhile Telecom Italia chief executive Franco Bernabe has resigned from his role as chairman of the GSM Association.

The move was expected, coming shortly after Bernabe stood down from his position as chairman and chief executive of Italian phone incumbent Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy).

Telit launches world's smallest cellular M2M module

Hardware company Telit has unveiled a device it describes as the market’s smallest cellular M2M module.

The so-called GE866-QUAD works in a variety of GSM spectrum bands and is targeted specifically at the “wearable” technology segment, which includes products such as Google Glass, the internet giant’s high-profile augmented-reality spectacles.

Sprint strikes five-year deal on usage-based insurance with Himex

Network operator Sprint has struck a five-year agreement to support usage-based insurance (UBI) services and telematics solutions on behalf of Himex.

Himex (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) – which claims to offer “the fastest and most complete route in the industry to the implementation of UBI” – appears to have chosen Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) largely because of its ongoing commitment to support 2G services, in contrast with larger operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).

Cellular M2M connections to exceed 450 million by 2018: ABI Research

Cellular M2M connections are set to reach more than 450 million globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says that Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 but that an improving world economy will help connections to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 26% between now and 2018.

Nevertheless, while connections appear to have been growing, average revenue per user (ARPU) has continued to decline, notes ABI.

China overtakes US to become largest cellular M2M market: Informa

China has overtaken the US to become the world’s largest market for cellular M2M connections, according to recent research from Informa.

In a blog post, Jamie Moss, an analyst with Informa, said the organization’s Cellular M2M Tracker showed that China Mobile added another 5.5 million M2M connections in the second half of 2012, propelling China ahead of the US on this measure.

According to Moss, the growth reported by China Mobile was roughly the same number of connections the UK had in total at the end of 2012.

ZTE reports 11.6% drop in first-half revenues

Chinese equipment maker ZTE has reported a 23% increase in net profit for the first half of the year, to RMB302 million ($49.2 million), even though revenues slid by 11.6%, to RMB37.7 billion.

In a statement, the company blamed the revenues slippage on a decline in revenue from GSM and UMTS products in China as well as poor sales of GSM handsets and data cards both at home and abroad.

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