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.
Wireless service provider Sprint Corp and satellite television company Dish Network Corp said they will jointly develop a trial wireless service in Texas, in an apparent sign of improving relations between the companies.
Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) has been seeking a partnership with an established mobile operator to help it enter the wireless market. However, its efforts earlier this year to buy Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) failed after a bitter public battle with Japan's SoftBank Corp (Tokyo), now the owner of 80 percent of Sprint.
Satellite developer SkyWave has announced a tie-up with Falcon Mega Solutions (FMS) under which its terminals will be used to support tracking services in the maritime sector.
FMS (Kasur, Pakistan) is to use SkyWave’s (Ottawa, Canada) IDP-800 satellite terminals to support its range of fleet-management and vessel-tracking solutions.
The terminals are designed to work in particularly harsh environments and can withstand extremely low and high temperatures, as well as “sea-water spray”.
FMS says the design of the terminals means they can easily be fitted on vessels.
Switzerland’s M2M player u-blox has launched a new module that uses “precision timing” technology to provide synchronization for industrial data and communications systems, including small, femto and macro-cell mobile networks.
The module is capable of tracking all of the GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellites in service and includes technology that allows it to operate in structures “with limited sky-view”.
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.
Satellite operators Orbcomm and Inmarsat have formed a strategic alliance aimed at developing products and services for the fast-growing satellite M2M market.
The companies say their collaboration will also investigate opportunities for the future expansion and integration of their satellite networks.
However, the tie-up will mainly work on developing a standard satellite platform as well as cost-effective hardware and flexible service pricing models for the M2M industry.
Satellite company Orbcomm has teamed up with sensors specialist Savi Technology to develop new location-based monitoring services for government and commercial markets.
The two companies have already submitted a proposal to the US Army to develop RFID tags and satellite solutions for military logistics support.
Satellite operator Inmarsat has announced a partnership with Stream Communications for the distribution of its M2M services while rejecting criticism that satellite technology is an “expensive” option for M2M.
In a statement, Stream (Glasgow, UK) said the tie-up with Inmarsat reflected the growing importance of satellite communications in the mix of connectivity options for M2M services.
Scandinavia’s TeliaSonera has taken a SEK0.4 billion ($61 million) hit on the sale of its 57% stake in Nepal Satellite to Zhodar Investment, blaming legal and regulatory challenges for its exit.
The operator had built up its stake in the Nepalese operator through a series of acquisitions in 2011 and 2012, hoping to strengthen its operations with a “complementary brand”.
TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) already owned a Nepalese mobile operator called Ncell, which it bought in 2008, and says it will be free to concentrate on that business following the Nepal Satellite sale.
Satellite communications provider Globecomm Systems Inc agreed to be taken private by investment firm Wasserstein & Co for about $340 million.
Wasserstein's offer of $14.15 per share in cash represents a 1.73 percent discount to Globecomm's (Hauppauge, NY, USA) closing price on Friday.
Globecomm shares fell 3 percent to $13.95 on the Nasdaq on Monday morning, trading well below the offer price. The stock had risen 24 percent to Friday since the company said in January that it was exploring strategic alternatives.