Connected-car services from Sprint are set to become available to Canadian consumers thanks to a new tie-up between the US operator and Canada’s Rogers Communications.
The partnership will allow Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) to offer its Sprint Velocity-branded range of in-car infotainment and telematics services over the Rogers (Toronto, Canada) network.
The tie-up essentially means that carmakers can introduce Sprint Velocity in the Canadian market, taking advantage of the connectivity service provided by Rogers.
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.
The 4G lead established by the UK’s EE has helped the operator secure a three-year deal to support telematics services for the RAC, one of the country’s biggest motoring organizations.
Under the terms of the contract announced this week, EE (Hatfield, UK) is to provide embedded SIMs for the RAC’s (Walsall, UK) in-car telematics technology, allowing fleet managers to monitor vehicles remotely.
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).
The number of fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in the Americas is set to grow from 4.9 million at the end of 2012 to 10.1 million by 2017, according to new research from Berg Insight.
The market-research company predicts that North American deployments will grow from 3.3 million at the end of 2012 to 6.8 million by 2017, with installations in Latin America rising from 1.6 million to 3.3 million over the same period.
UK-based Weightless says consulting and technology services group Accenture has joined its board of directors.
Accenture’s (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) membership should boost efforts by Weightless (Cambridge, UK) to popularize its M2M communications standard based on the use of white-space spectrum – gaps in frequency bands freed up by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting systems.
Telecom Italia chief executive Franco Bernabe is planning on tendering his resignation at a board meeting scheduled for later this week, reports Bloomberg.
The boss of Italy’s biggest phone company has reportedly lost the support of Telco, the Telefonica-controlled consortium that holds a 22.4% stake in Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy), after clashing with shareholders over the operator’s strategy.
Czech authorities say five companies have registered to participate in a forthcoming auction of 4G spectrum, including all three of the incumbents plus two new entrants.
Entities known as Revolution Mobile and Tasciane are to line up alongside Telefonica (Madrid, Spain), T-Mobile (Bonn, Germany) and Vodafone (Newbury, UK) in the auction of frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
America Movil has shifted the timing of its planned takeover of Dutch incumbent KPN to October from September, as negotiations over the acquisition drag on, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.
The Latin American telecoms giant – owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim – announced plans for a €7.2 billion takeover of KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) in August, but it has subsequently run into opposition from an independent foundation set up to protect the interests of the Dutch incumbent.
Internet telephony player Skype is costing mobile operators some $100 million a day, according to new research about the impact of over-the-top (OTT) players on the telecoms industry.
Commissioned by messaging specialist Tyntec, and carried out by market-research company mobilesquared, the study reveals that some 280 million users now spend about two billion minutes a day on Skype (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg), and that 43% of mobile operators regard the company as a major threat to their revenues, especially since it won the backing of Microsoft in 2011.