Sprint and M2M DataSmart make play for SMB customers

US operator Sprint is working with MVNO M2M DataSmart on an initiative to attract more small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to the M2M marketplace.

The two companies, which struck a wholesale agreement in September last year, say they are promoting more “open access” of data and network services so that entrepreneurial start-ups – as well as traditional OEM companies – can more easily commercialize their M2M concepts.

Aeris launches GSM offer, signs up FIAT

With a debate raging over the most appropriate cellular technology for M2M services, Aeris Communications has added GSM connectivity services to its offer and revealed that carmaker FIAT has become its first GSM customer.

The company, which describes itself as the only cellular operator catering exclusively to the M2M market, has long provided connectivity services over the rival CDMA standard but evidently felt a need to fortify its position, with various technologies facing an uncertain future.

Wyless courts app developers with ClearConnex, Symmetry

M2M managed services provider Wyless has become the latest M2M player to court application developers with its launch of a development kit in partnership with ClearConnex, an M2M device engineering company, and components distributor Symmetry.

The companies claim their Telit-based M2M Quickstart Developer Kit will accelerate the development, testing and deployment of M2M applications by providing “everything an M2M device developer requires to accelerate their time to market”.

CradlePoint unveils LTE M2M router as 4G momentum grows

Hardware maker CradlePoint has released a new router designed specifically to support M2M services running over LTE networks.

The CradlePoint (Boise, ID, USA) COR IBR600 4G is advertised as being flexible and robust and, therefore, suited to critical enterprise applications requiring always-on, around-the-clock connectivity.

CradlePoint says it is designed to support high-bandwidth applications used across a number of industries, including the energy, retail, finance, security and transport sectors.

T-Mobile buys US Cellular spectrum for $308 million

T-Mobile US has paid $308 million to US Cellular for a swathe of spectrum that will allow it to provide 4G services in the Mississippi Valley region.

The deal with US Cellular (Chicago, IL, USA) gives T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) – the fourth-biggest operator in the US – some 10MHz of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum covering about 32 million people across 29 markets, including St Louis, Nashville, Kansas City, Memphis, Lexington, Little Rock-North Little Rock, Birmingham, New Orleans and Louisville.

Sprint shareholders say yes to SoftBank takeover

Shareholders in US operator Sprint have “overwhelmingly” approved SoftBank’s $21.6 billion deal to acquire a 78% stake in the company.

The yes vote smooths the way for a takeover of the third-biggest operator in the US by its counterpart in Japan.

SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) had faced competition over a Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) takeover from Dish Network (Meridian, CO, USA), but the satellite TV company last week announced that it was abandoning attempts to acquire Sprint, making a decision easier for Sprint shareholders.

Verizon makes $700 bid for Canada's Wind Mobile: report

US operator Verizon Communications has made a $700 million bid for Canada’s Wind Mobile and begun acquisition talks with Mobility, another Canadian operator, according to a report from the country’s Globe and Mail newspaper.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, the Globe and Mail says Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) is also considering whether to participate in a forthcoming auction of spectrum in Canada.

Bitter rivals Oracle, Salesforce team up on cloud

Reuters

Oracle Corp, the technology giant losing market share to younger firms that sell software via the Web, has signed a long-term partnership with archrival and cloud computing pioneer Salesforce.com Inc.

The two companies said on Tuesday that Oracle (Redwood City, CA, USA) will integrate some of its cloud-based software programs with Salesforce (San Francisco, CA, USA) products. The companies gave few details on the unprecedented partnership, which also calls for Salesforce to expand its own use of Oracle products.

US court to hear oral arguments in net neutrality case on September 9

Reuters

The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic.

The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit Verizon Communications Inc against the Federal Communications Commission as the biggest U.S. wireless provider challenges the FCC's order that guides how Internet service providers manage their networks.

AT&T to invest in new M2M research facilities

AT&T is to launch two new facilities dedicated largely to M2M research and development as it ramps up its commercial M2M activities.

The US operator has served notice of plans to open new ‘Foundry’ facilities in Atlanta and the Dallas-Forth Worth areas to speed up the development of M2M technologies and applications.

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