Telecoms industry executives have rated interoperability as the key challenge they face in deploying superfast broadband networks, according to a recent survey conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media.
The market-research company surveyed a total of 237 so-called “broadband stakeholders” and said that 54% of respondents cited interoperability as one of the top three challenges they face, with 25% of operators viewing it as the main challenge.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp has halted at least one of its four main manufacturing lines, accounting for at least a fifth of total capacity, and is outsourcing production as a sales slump puts pressure on its cash flow, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
A Reuters reporter who visited an HTC (Taipei, Taiwan) factory at the company's former headquarters in Taoyuan, about an hour's drive from Taipei, saw loading docks shuttered and a sign on a locked lobby door that read: "Lobby is temporarily closed for use. Thank you for your cooperation."
UK operator EE says it has now signed up nearly 1.2 million 4G customers less than a year after first launching services, while reporting a decline in revenues for the three months ending September.
The company’s 4G progress means it has easily beaten an end-of-year target of capturing one million customers and now covers about 60% of the UK’s population with the high-speed technology.
Rivals Telefonica (Slough, UK) and Vodafone (Newbury, UK) launched 4G services at the end of August but have yet to extend networks outside a handful of the country’s biggest cities.
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.
Telematics player Kore is now making its M2M services available over the network of UK network operator EE, allowing it to meet the needs of customers across a range of new geographical markets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) first announced details of the partnership at the CTIA Wireless Show held in Las Vegas in May, saying the partnership would allow the companies to jointly explore M2M programs in a number of countries.
With the US wireless association CTIA changing venues and the timing of its shows, there was some trepidation about turnout for last week’s MobileCon event in San Jose, CA (USA), but returns beat expectations. Almost 1,000 people attended opening day keynote addresses, and an informal poll of over 80 exhibitors showed that they were satisfied with turnout at the SJ Convention Center. The M2M Zone of the expo was heavily trafficked, and some of the news items released at the show included:
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).
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.
M2M module maker Novatel Wireless has announced a major new contract with telematics player DigiCore under which its devices will be used to support vehicle usage and driver-behavior monitoring applications.
The deal will see DigiCore (Centurion, South Africa) include Novatel’s (San Diego, CA, USA) platform in its range of Ctrack-branded telematics services, initially to support insurance-based offerings.
Networking equipment maker Tellabs has agreed to be taken over by Marlin Equity Partners for a cash payment of $891 million.
The deal represents a premium of 4.3% over the closing share price of Tellabs on October 18, according to a statement from the companies, and will see Marlin (Hermosa Beach, CA, USA) offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Tellabs (Naperville, IL, USA) for the sum of $2.45 per share no later than November 1.