AT&T looks set to maintain its leadership position in the US market for cellular M2M connections over the next five years, despite indicating it will shut down its 2G network by 2017, according to a new study from ABI Research.
Argentina’s Claro has been unveiled as the latest operator to become a customer of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless, raising questions about the potential involvement of Claro owner America Movil in the Jasper-led M2M alliance.
The operator, which runs the biggest mobile network in Argentina, says the deal will help its operating companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to deliver new services through connected enterprise and consumer electronics devices.
Hardware giant Cisco has taken the wraps off a new network processor designed to power so-called “Internet of Everything” applications.
The company said the new nPower X1 would deliver new levels of performance and bandwidth, besides programmable control through open APIs.
Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) also claims the nPower X1 is the first processor capable of scaling to “multi-terabit performance levels” while also handling trillions of transactions.
M2M specialist Digi International has teamed up with networks vendor Ericsson on the installation of a power distribution monitoring system for utility provider Shandong Power.
Although the work for Shandong Power is described as a pilot project, the “strategic collaboration” between Digi (Minnetonka, MN, USA) and Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) marks a significant push into China’s M2M market and could lead to major opportunities in future.
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.
Logistics company Ryder is to begin using telematics services from Orbcomm across its fleet of trailer assets, the two organizations have announced.
Ryder (Miami, FL, USA) was already a customer of Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA), which claims to have deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, but the new deal marks a significant extension of their partnership.
The mobile operator community is working to address the increasing need for bandwidth that accompanies the rollout of next generation 4G networks. These Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks pave the way to full IP convergence, which operators see as a key to enabling accelerated time-to-market of new services that can drive customer satisfaction and generate new revenues.
UK-headquartered Vodafone is eyeing potential acquisition opportunities in India in the wake of its $130 billion sale of a major stake in US operator Verizon Wireless, reports the Financial Times.
Speaking with the UK newspaper, Martin Pieters, the head of Vodafone India (Mumbai, India), said the only thing now preventing the operator from pursuing takeover opportunities was the attitude of Indian regulators.
French cable company Numericable is planning an public offering this fall with an enterprise valuation of approximately €6 billion ($8 billion), reports French TV channel BFMTV and Dow Jones Newswires.
According to bankers cited by BFMTV, the company is to hold a meeting with financial analysts on Thursday at which it will discuss the details of the offering, with Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase & Co acting as lead managers.
Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN says it has reached an agreement with tax authorities to record a tax book loss of €3.7 billion ($4.94 billion) after completing the sale of E-Plus to Telefonica.
The loss would offset KPN’s (The Hague, Netherlands) taxable income in the Netherlands in future, starting in 2014, and could make the operator more attractive to America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico), the Latin American telecoms giant that has offered €7.2 billion for the 70% of KPN it does not already own.