Axeda tops ranking of M2M application development platforms

Axeda has been ranked as the leading M2M application development platform in new research from Strategy Analytics.

Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA) stands out because of the scalability and flexibility of its platform, as well as its ecosystem of partner, according to the market-research company.

The company’s range of consultancy and integration services appears to be a further plus point.

Rivals ILS Technology (Boca Raton, FL, USA) and ThingWorx (Exton, PA, USA) also ranked highly and were described as “companies to watch” by Strategy Analytics.

CTIA 2013: Huawei bolsters M2M offering with Embedded Works partnership

Chinese manufacturing giant Huawei has teamed up with technology distributor Embedded Works in the M2M market, aiming to “simplify and shorten” the deployment of M2M services for its customers.

Announced at the CTIA Wireless Show being held this week in Las Vegas, the deal will see Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and Embedded Works (Santa Clara, CA, USA) collaborate to provide customers with embedded modules plus related wireless components and network services.

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.

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