Malaysia’s DiGi has joined a raft of other companies developing M2M platforms, launching a technology it claims will help M2M customers to reduce costs, improve efficiency and develop new revenue opportunities.
Its newly launched M2M platform promises real-time access and allows customers to control and manage devices, applications and the network.
Microsoft is set to secure unconditional EU regulatory approval for its proposed 5.4-billion-euro ($7.30 billion) takeover of Nokia's mobile phone business, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The deal, announced in September and which includes a 10-year licensing agreement of Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) patent portfolio, underscores Microsoft's (Seattle, WA, USA) push into the competitive consumer devices market.
It faces fierce competition from market leader Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) and Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA).
ICT provider Gen-i has become the latest customer of Jasper Wireless and the platform developer’s first in the New Zealand market.
The company says the connected-devices platform will allow it to help companies in New Zealand leverage telemetry and big data for “business advantage”.
Gen-i (Auckland, New Zealand) plans to use the platform to support the growth of locally developed solutions into the global market, as well as introduce new M2M services to New Zealand.
Belgian telecoms incumbent Belgacom has followed several European peers into the field of M2M application management, launching a new platform for M2M developers and companies looking to take advantage of M2M services.
Branded the “Belgacom M2M factory”, the new platform will allow customers to design and manage M2M applications using the various hardware, applications and connectivity building blocks available though Belgacom’s (Brussels, Belgium) fixed and mobile networks.
Telekom Austria has ramped up its M2M activities with the launch of an application enablement platform for remote monitoring, automation and control.
Branded FLEXify, the cloud-based platform is intended to lower the cost and reduce the risk of launching M2M services and is to be offered in partnership with Austrian M2M specialist Microtronics Engineering (Ruprechtshofen, Austria).
AT&T has revealed it will supply network services and M2M expertise to support General Electric’s push into the market for so-called “Industrial Internet” solutions.
The deal represents a massive opportunity for AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) given the size of General Electric (Fairfield, CT, USA), which generated revenues of about $150 billion last financial year, and the importance it has recently attached to M2M.
In late 2012, the company unveiled plans to begin using M2M technology in its wide range of industrial products.
Greek telecoms operator Cosmote has strengthened its collaboration with Hedno through a deal that will see it support another 65,000 M2M connections for the electricity provider.
Cosmote (Athens, Greece) is also to provide an integrated management platform allowing Hedno (Athens, Greece) to manage and analyse data using internet services.
Hedno appears to be rolling out the connections as part of a smart-meter project aimed at measuring consumption of electricity services in customer premises.
Japan’s NEC and Hong Kong’s Maestro Wireless have formed a strategic partnership aimed at exploiting global M2M business opportunities.
Under the agreement, NEC (Tokyo, Japan) will integrate its CONNEXIVE service platform with hardware developed by Maestro (Hong Kong) to provide an improved M2M offering to mobile operator and enterprise customers.
Bell Canada has become the latest operator to launch a portal allowing business customers to manage M2M services.
The operator’s new M2M Management Centre has been developed in collaboration with network vendor Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), which is playing an ever-more prominent role in the M2M space, having recently concluded a platform deal with France’s Orange Business Services (Paris).
Orange Business Services has become the latest customer of Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform (DCP) in a deal that should boost the operator’s prospects in the burgeoning global market for M2M services.
The operator – the enterprise arm of French telecoms incumbent Orange – says the agreement will allow its customers to deploy, manage and scale up M2M devices and applications that cater to multinational needs.
Customers will be able to use a service portal to manage and control their installed base of SIMs and monitor performance.