Nordic M2M operator Telenor Connexion is claiming to be the first company in the region to have developed an end-to-end solution for companies that want to connect their products.
Branded Telenor Cloud Connect, the service is intended to help customers bring new offerings to the market “quickly and easily”, and become more competitive and efficient.
Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) says it is collaborating with partner companies to manage “all the complexity … from beginning to end”.
M2M specialist Numerex claims to have expanded its portfolio of offerings with the acquisition of “certain assets, products and technology used in the remote monitoring and management of bulk tanks”.
The company does not provide further details about the source of the acquisition, but says the move will allow it to expand both the scope and scale of its core supply chain and remote monitoring business.
US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a new cloud-based M2M service aimed at fuelling the development of new applications and boosting take-up of its managed services.
Branded the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) M2X Developer Kit, the service includes a cloud-based data storage service that will allow customers to manage the data collected from connected devices.
The other component is a Control Center powered by M2M platforms provider Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), enabling M2M developers to transmit and collect data from SIMs on any connected machine.
Indian IT giant Wipro says it is teaming up with Swedish telecoms operator Tele2 on the development of new products and services for the M2M market.
The companies say their partnership is aimed at developing solutions that will reduce costs and open up new revenue streams for M2M customers.
The deal is the latest in a series of M2M moves by Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden), which operates telecoms networks in several European markets.
China’s Huawei has thrown its considerable weight behind the promotion of 4G technology for use with M2M services.
In a statement about its progress on winning 4G business, the equipment vendor said that while LTE networks are today being used mainly to connect people to the internet they would increasingly provide support for M2M and Internet of Things solutions.
Apple Inc said it has signed a long-awaited agreement with China Mobile Ltd to sell iPhones through the world's biggest network of mobile phone users.
In a deal that could add billions of dollars to its revenue, Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) said its smartphones will be available to China Mobile (Beijing, China) customers starting January 17. Pricing and availability details for the iPhone 5S and 5C lines will be disclosed at a later date, it said in a statement.
The European Commission (EC) is to invest €700 million ($965 million) in 5G research and development in a bid to improve the competitiveness of the region’s mobile communications industry.
The plans form part of the EC’s Horizon 2020 program, which will see a total of €6.2 billion injected into eight Public Private Partnerships in areas deemed to be of strategic importance to Europe.
The M2M World Alliance has unveiled what it claims is the first multi-operator global solution aimed at promoting take-up of M2M communications worldwide.
One of the two main operator groups addressing the M2M opportunity, the organization says its solution will exploit the combined global presence of its members to the ultimate benefit of customers deploying M2M services.
The service will allow companies to enjoy connectivity throughout the Alliance coverage area at “in-market rates”.
Customers with existing M2M applications will start to consume more data just as high-speed devices are adopted for particular M2M services for the first time.
Those are among AT&T’s (Dallas, TX, USA) headline predictions of the way the M2M market will develop in 2014.
According to Mobeen Khan, the executive director of mobility marketing for AT&T Business, companies that have already adopted M2M services will be keen to extract more from them in future.
German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom claims it will soon become the world’s first company to offer a modular solution for smart metering using so-called ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) technology.
The service will give utility companies a selection of tools for energy provision and management, and includes a gateway administration service, the installation of meters and gateways, the communications link, a meter data-management system and an IT system based on SAP (Walldorf, Germany), with which Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has a long-standing partnership.