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.
With the cloud and M2M both integral to Deutsche Telekom’s growth strategy, the German operator is keen to publicize its launch of development kits for cloud-based M2M applications.
The kits consist of Arduino or Cinterion boards with GSM chips, SIM cards and access to the M2M Developer Platform.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also relaunching its M2M Developer Community – its portal for developing M2M products and services – with new functionality.
M2M and mobile payments specialist Gemalto has to supply prepaid payment cards to the Mobile Financial Services (MFS) joint venture between Telefonica and MasterCard.
The cards – based on the EMV (Europay (Waterloo, Belgium), MasterCard (Purchase, NY, USA) and Visa (Foster City, CA, USA)) standard – will be used to support a new payment service in Brazil called Zuum, which is being offered through Telefonica’s Vivo (Sao Paolo, Brazil) subsidiary.
China's ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest smartphone maker, is aggressively moving into the higher end of the market for mobile gadgets with more 4G shipments.
The Shenzhen-based company has been trying to move away from selling lower end mobile phones, a strategy that has served it well in boosting its global market share, but at the expense of pressuring margins and profitability.
It plans to further raise its global profile by sponsoring a U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) team later this year, executives said.
Microsoft Corp recently talked with Nokia about buying the Finnish phone maker's devices unit, but the discussions faltered and are not likely to be revived, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday in its online edition.
The Journal reported that "advanced discussions" on a deal happened as recently as this month, according to unnamed sources it said were familiar with the matter. Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) rejected a deal because of price and Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) loss of market share to rising Asian competitors, the report said.
France Telecom-Orange has added its name to the small but growing list of operators to have launched services based on joyn, the brand name for the Rich Communications Services-enhanced (RCS-e) standard backed by industry body the GSM Association (GSMA).
The operator has launched joyn in its home territory of France, becoming the first French operator to do so, and says customers using the service will be able to chat and make file transfers during calls.
Satellite operator O3b Networks has signed a backhaul deal that will allow Malaysia’s Maju Nusa to provide 3G services in rural and remote parts of the country.
The companies did not disclose details of the financial terms but describe the tie-up as a “multi-million-dollar, multi-year deal”.
That deal comes just days before O3b (St Helier, Jersey) is set to launch its next-generation satellite constellation and will provide “fiber-equivalent capacity” to Maju Nusa (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia), according to O3b’s statement.
Telenor Connexion has announced a partnership with the maker of what it calls “the world’s smallest and smartest GPS tracker”.
Wonder Technology Solutions (WTS), a Swedish start-up, has developed a smart device called the Trax designed specifically, it seems, for parents and pet owners.
Given its size and weight, the Trax can easily be attached to a child’s clothing so that concerned parents can monitor the whereabouts of loved ones at all times.
Pet owners could similarly fit the device to the collar of a dog or cat.
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.
EU commissioner Neelie Kroes has said forthcoming net neutrality legislation will ensure telecoms operator cannot block or throttle competing services while offering a predictable regulatory framework that encourages network investments.
In a speech delivered to the European Parliament in Brussels, Kroes said “failure to take coordinated action on net neutrality would shatter the fragile construction” of a single European telecoms market – something the commissioner believes is necessary if the European industry is to thrive years ahead.