Canadian firm to launch 78-satellite 'constellation' for global backhaul

Low orbit configuration may reduce latency by over 87%

Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI), a Canadian satellite manufacturer, has announced an ambitious plan called "COMMStellation," a polar communications "constellation" comprised of 78 microsatellites that will orbit the Earth at 1,000 km, providing backhaul capacity while connecting remote regions to the Internet.

The wait ends for Verizon iPhone service

AT&T faces tough year ahead

After waiting three-and-a-half years Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) customers will finally get their hands on Apple Inc's (Cupertino, CA, USA) iPhone next month.

The top U.S. wireless operator ended months of speculation and anticipation from impatient consumers on Tuesday by announcing that it would begin selling a version of the iPhone on February 10 at the same prices as AT&T Inc. (Dallas, TX, USA).

LG announces two M2M chipsets for Verizon's 4G network

Second major LTE collaboration between the two giants

Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics announced last week the LG WM300 LTE module and LG L2000 modem chip, both of which are designed for Verizon's 4G LTE network.

The new products are not broadband dongles, but chipsets purpose-built for machine-to-machine solutions such as fixed wireless applications, including gateway devices and telematics.

Similar products running on Sprint's WiMAX 4G network already exist, however this is the first example of M2M-specific chips designed for use on Verizon's faster LTE network.

China's RFID market may double by 2014

New research from iSuppli

After years of development, China’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) market has entered a phase of prodigious size and growth, with revenue set to more than double from 2009 to 2014, according to the China market research firm iSuppli (El Segundo, CA, USA), now part of IHS Inc.

LG announces two M2M chipsets for Verizon's 4G network

Second major LTE collaboration between the two giants

Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics announced last week the LG WM300 LTE module and LG L2000 modem chip, both of which are designed for Verizon's 4G LTE network.

Portugal Telecom seals $5 billion Oi deal

Marks PT's return to business in Brazil

Portugal Telecom (Lisbon, Portugal) said today it had signed the necessary contracts to seal the purchase of a 22.38 percent direct and indirect stake in Brazil's main fixed-line phone carrier Oi (Rio de Janeiro) for 8.32 billion reais ($4.98 billion). The deal, drafted last July, effectively means the return of Portugal Telecom as a major player to fast-growing Brazil after it sold its stake in Brazil's top mobile firm Vivo to Spain's Telefonica for 7.5 billion euros last year.

LTE service offerings heat up at CES

Verizon announces nearly 50 partners, MetroPCS slashes rates

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) has announced a whopping four dozen technology partners, whose work will be highlighted inside the company's booth at International CES 2011 starting tomorrow. More than 40 new solutions will be on display, each designed to take advantage of their LTE network and its characteristic high speed and low latency.

Gemalto hands over point of sale business to partner VeriFone

VeriFone designates Gemalto its preferred M2M provider

Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) has announced the handover of its point of sale (POS) solutions business to VeriFone (San Jose, California, USA) as part of their strategic partnership. First announced in October, the partnership also entails cooperative efforts in Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip card solutions, and Gemalto's appointment as the preferred supplier of M2M wireless modules and related solutions for VeriFone payment systems.

IBM predicts rising 'mobile threats'

Electric grids, water systems, embedded devices may be vulnerable

Kristin Lovejoy, VP of Strategy for IBM Security Solutions, predicts 2011 will see the first cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as electric grids or water systems.

In an interview with SearchSecurity.com, Lovejoy says "when it comes to the embedded devices, there's two things we're worried about. We're worried about people using those devices to cause some sort of harm or to cause societal conflict. Alternatively, we're seeing the use of those devices to enable support for some form of financial gain."

Siemens to assist with smart grid development in northern Russia

Announces cooperation agreement with Tyumenenergo

Last week Siemens (Berlin, Germany) announced a strategic cooperation contract with Tyumenenergo, an energy company that operates in northern Russia. The agreement is designed to promote innovation in the operator's grid infrastructure facilities, starting with a pilot project for adaptation of smart grid technology to the Russian grid.

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