CTIA 2013: Monnit launches M2M gateway for low-cost monitoring

Wireless sensors specialist Monnit has launched a new M2M cellular gateway that it claims addresses the needs of a variety of M2M applications.

Unveiled at this week’s CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas, the gateway is has been designed in response to rising demand for low-cost and reliable “connect-from-anywhere” monitoring solutions, says Monnit (Midvale, UT, USA).

AT&T wins smart-grid deal with Duck River Electric

AT&T has struck a deal to provide smart-grid services to Duck River Electric, the fourth largest electric cooperative in the state of Tennessee.

The deal will see AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) provide a number of smart-grid services to Duck River, including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid meter data management and other smart grid applications.

Claiming to serve about 71,000 members, Duck River says it came to AT&T to upgrade its smart grid infrastructure, reduce its operational costs and improve its customer service.

CTIA 2013: Wyless boosts LatAm prospects with Telefonica deal

M2M managed services provider Wyless has signed an important agreement with Telefonica Digital that will help it tap into the surging demand for M2M services in Latin America.

The deal allows Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) partners to use the Telefonica Global SIM in conjunction with Wyless managed services on more than 350 networks around the worldwide.

Nevertheless, the real focus in on Latin America, where Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) operates networks in some of the region’s biggest markets.

CTIA 2013: Authorities urged to free up spectrum for wireless, M2M

Freeing up airwaves for use by the US wireless industry could spur the take-up of new M2M services, with enormous benefits for consumers and businesses.

That was one of the key messages emerging from today’s keynote presentation at the CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.

Speaking to a packed hall, Steve Largent, the president and chief executive of the CTIA, said his organization was pushing government authorities in Washington on the issue of spectrum availability, describing it as “pivotal” for the mobile industry’s future prospects.

Crest makes last-ditch stand against Sprint's Clearwire bid

Investment group Crest Financial has made a final plea to Clearwire shareholders not to support Sprint’s takeover of the wireless broadband operator just a day before their vote takes place.

In a letter sent to Clearwire (Bellevue, WA, USA) shareholders, Crest argues that a decision on Clearwire’s future owner should be delayed until Sprint’s own status is resolved.

US Cellular announces special dividend after Sprint sale

Wireless operator US Cellular has announced it will pay a special dividend of $5.75 a share following the successful completion of an asset sale to Sprint.

The dividend payout will total about $480 million – the same amount it has made from agreeing to hand over to Sprint airwaves and customers in the Midwest.

All eyes on Vodafone's Colao for signs on Verizon

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After months of speculation, Vodafone's Vittorio Colao will be under pressure this week to set out whether he may sell its prized stake in Verizon Wireless in what would be one of the biggest deals ever.

Chief executive for five years, Colao has said only that he has an "open mind" on Vodafone's 45-percent stake in the U.S. operator, whose majority owner, Verizon Communications (New York City, NY, USA), is interested in buying out the British company's share.

America Movil buys US MVNO

Telecoms giant America Movil has bolstered its presence in the US market with the acquisition of Start Wireless Group, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) with about 1.4 million customers.

The transaction was carried out through Tracfone, America Movil’s US subsidiary, but the terms and conditions have not been disclosed.

Start Wireless (Holland, OH, USA) operates under the Page Plus Cellular brand and specializes in prepaid plans for voice, messaging and data services.

CTIA 2013: Orbcomm to unveil new "self powered" M2M tracking device

Satellite operator Orbcomm has launched a new M2M asset tracking and monitoring device that is the first “self-powered” terminal it has developed.

The company says the device – the GT 1100 – is aimed at a variety of global markets, including the transportation and logistics, heavy equipment and oil and gas sectors.

A so-called “ruggedized” device, the GT 1100 has been designed to fit between indented spacing on intermodal containers and is also suited to tracking and monitoring trailers and other types of cargo assets.

US attitudes towards smart grid improved in 2012: Navigant Research

The attitude of US consumers towards smart-grid and smart-meter technology improved over the course of 2012, according to a new survey from Navigant Research.

Utilities have struggled to communicate the benefits of these technologies to consumers, but doing so is critical if smart-grid programs are to succeed in the long term.

According to Navigant, however, last year there was a noticeable increase in favorable attitudes towards the concept of the smart grid in general and smart meters in particular.

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