NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc on Wednesday launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low.
The service, Google's first entry into the wireless industry, will work only on the company's Nexus 6 phones and be hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mobile's networks, Google said in a statement.
The service, called Project Fi, will automatically switch between the two networks and more than 1 million open, free Wi-Fi spots, depending on which signal is strongest.
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.
M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.
Managed services player Digi International has expanded its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to cover the global market.
The companies had previously had an agreement addressing the North American region but will now be able to service large multinational projects.
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.