The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
Asset-tracking player AirIQ is to use M2M connectivity services from Kore Telematics to support services for customers in North America and Europe.
The agreement allows AirIQ – whose customers include commercial fleets and vehicle dealers targeting the consumer market – to offer customers access to GSM-, GPRS- and CDMA-based network services.
M2M player Raco Wireless is to distribute fleet-management services from satellite operator Inmarsat in the Latin American market.
The MVNO has announced that it will support Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro fleet-management services, allowing customers to benefit from both satellite and terrestrial connectivity.
Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) says it will integrate the service into its Omega Management Suite (OMS) – a cloud-based dashboard that includes tools for device management.
M2M managed-services player Wyless has agreed a takeover of Aspider M2M, a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) based in the Netherlands.
Aspider (Woerden, Netherlands) provides a range of M2M services to customers, mainly in the Benelux and German-speaking markets, and the acquisition by Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) – the terms of which were not disclosed – will give Wyless a stronger presence in Europe.
In a statement, Wyless said the Aspider business would be integrated with its UK division.
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).
MVNO Raco Wireless has unveiled a new version of its Omega Management Suite M2M platform, which allows customers to control their connected solutions.
The upgrade includes a number of new features, including details of devices, usage records and billing history, “optimized visibility” on mobile devices, and full functionality on computers “without the need to download an app”.
Saudi Arabia's Mobily will start leasing its mobile phone network to a new operator to launch a rival service in the first quarter, an executive said, kicking off the biggest shake-up in the kingdom's telecommunications market in six years.
The Saudi telecom regulator, in a move to increase competition, has required the three mobile operators - second-biggest Mobily (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), leader Saudi Telecom Co (STC) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Zain Saudi (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) - to provide wholesale capacity to new operators that have no networks of their own.
Offering telecoms carriers a configurable software platform and maintaining 2G connectivity for managing M2M applications are key to the growth plans of North American MVNO Raco Wireless, according to company president John Horn.
Raco (Cincinnati, OH, USA) recently purchased platform provider Position Logic and its LBS platform, and has recently formed roaming agreements with Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), EE (Hatfield, UK) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) to give itself a larger global footprint.
A new mobile operator plans to start up in Austria next year, bringing fresh competition into the market after Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of Orange Austria.
Mass Response is the second company to take advantage of cheap wholesale access to Hutchison's (Hong Kong) network, which it was forced to offer as a condition of the takeover that reduced the number of Austrian mobile network operators to three from four.
M2M MVNO Wyless has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Brazilian M2M operator TM Data, expanding its footprint into what is widely regarded as one of the world’s fastest-growing M2M markets.
Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) did not disclose the financial terms of the deal but said it would establish the new brand of Wyless TM Data Brazil.