FIC and Cluster Wireless to develop "intelligent" M2M solutions

OEM supplier First International Computer (FIC) is teaming up with M2M specialist Cluster Wireless on the development of M2M products and services for the enterprise market.

The two companies have announced a “multi-year technology collaboration and partnership” they say will accelerate the development of “intelligent, flexible, [and] cost-efficient” M2M services aimed at enterprise customers.

FIC (Taipei, Taiwan) says the partnership will give it more flexibility during the design, manufacture and deployment of its custom hardware products.

M2M DataSmart to support healthcare services for MedicPen

M2M DataSmart is to support medication delivery and tracking solutions in the US for MedicPen, a mediation delivery specialist based in Sweden.

The mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) claims to offer “cost-effective, no-hassle wireless connectivity” using the CDMA network of Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA).

AT&T expects 500,000 wireless net adds in Q2

AT&T has sought to allay concerns about its ability to compete in the US mobile market by saying it expects to add another half a million contract customers during the three months ending in June 2013.

The operator is not due to publish second-quarter results until July 23 but claims its broadband, TV and mobile divisions are all thriving in terms of subscriber adoption.

The operator says that a number of promotions in the mobile phone market have paid off, “driving strong sales, higher gross adds and smartphone upgrade rates similar to the first quarter”.

SoftBank in talks to buy T-Mobile US: report

SoftBank has reportedly begun discussions with Deutsche Telekom about a takeover of T-Mobile US should it fail in its attempts to buy rival network operator Sprint.

The Japanese operator is pursuing a deal to buy a 70% stake in Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) for $20.1 billion, but faces competition from satellite TV provider Dish Network (Meridian, CO, USA), which has offered $25.5 billion for Sprint.

Ciena expects strong demand from cloud, mobile computing

Reuters

Network equipment maker Ciena Corp said it expects strong growth in cloud computing and higher use of smartphones, and forecast stronger-than-expected revenue for the current quarter.

Ciena (Hanover, MD, USA) shares jumped as much as 15.5 percent on the Nasdaq on Thursday morning. Shares of rival Finisar Corp (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up 5 percent while those of Juniper Networks Inc (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up about 1 percent.

Dish refutes Sprint objections to Clearwire bid

The battle for ownership of Clearwire between Dish Network and Sprint has intensified after the satellite TV company hit back at accusations that its offer runs afoul of Delaware law and Clearwire’s equityholders’ agreement.

Last December, Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), Clearwire’s majority owner, made an offer of $2.97 a share for the remaining shares in the operator, to which Clearwire’s managers gave their assent.

Wipro makes $5 million investment in Axeda for minority stake

Indian software giant Wipro has made a $5 million investment in Axeda in exchange for a minority stake in the M2M platform provider, the size of which has not been disclosed.

The Indian firm says it wants to capitalize on the rapid growth in the M2M market and plans to develop new enterprise applications in partnership with Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA).

Device makers lagging on white space development: Strategy Analytics

Chipset and device leaders are lagging on development of the white space opportunity, even though it could provide a major spur to the M2M market.

The finding comes from new research published by Strategy Analytics, which urges Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) and Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) to recruit device and chipset giants to support their white space efforts.

White space spectrum comprises frequencies that are being freed up with the transition from old analog TV broadcasting to new digital systems.

Orbcomm expands in Africa with Cartrack deal

Satellite company and M2M specialist Orbcomm is to expand its business in Africa after winning an important deal with South Africa’s Cartrack, which provides fleet-management and vehicle-tracking services across the continent.

Under the deal, Cartrack (Johannesburg, South Africa) is set to become Orbcomm’s first value-added reseller in the African transportation sector, distributing Orbcomm’s fleet-management solution through its growing brand and dealer network.

Alstom and Intel team up on smart grids

Energy company Alstom Grid is to work with chipmaker Intel on the development of technologies for smart grids and smart cities.

The two companies aim to focus on embedded intelligence and IT systems security in order to speed up the deployment of smart-grid infrastructure.

The deal is described as the fruit of three years of project collaboration.

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