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.
Software giant Oracle has championed the cause of the International M2M Council – of which it is a founder member – saying the newly formed trade group will demonstrate the business benefits of M2M services to a variety of vertical markets.
“The IMC intends to show vertical markets how M2M works and what’s in it for them,” says Chris Baker, Oracle’s senior vice president for Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java sales.
“M2M cuts across broad and diverse markets, and the key to evangelism success will be tapping the resources of IMC member companies.”
The market for intelligent systems is set to grow from 3.5 billion units and $1.7 trillion in revenue this year to more than 5 billion units and nearly $2.4 trillion in revenue by 2017, according to new research from IDC.
The analyst company reckons intelligent systems – featuring high-performance microprocessors, IP connectivity and high-level operating systems – will capture the real value in the M2M market over the next five years.
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.
Indian authorities dismissed Nokia's appeals over an income tax demand of 20.8 billion Indian rupees ($370 million), the phone company said, a setback for its efforts to resolve the dispute in a crucial market.
Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) India unit was served in March with the tax demand for five years starting from 2006/07, in one of several tax disputes involving a foreign company in India.
The Finnish phone company said on Friday that it will examine all options, including taking the case back to the Delhi High Court. ($1 = 56.2450 Indian rupees)
M2M specialist Gemalto has landed a deal to supply NFC SIM cards to Russia’s MTS for use with a mobile-phone based public-transport ticketing service in the city of Novosibirsk.
Gemalto’s Upteq SIM technology is to be operated in conjunction with Zolotaya Korona, a Russian payment and money transfer system, allowing users to pay for journeys on buses and the Novosibirsk metro by tapping their devices on an NFC reader.
Customers are to be charged for their journeys through the usual MTS billing arrangements.
Spain’s Telefonica and Russia’s MegaFon have announced details of a new strategic partnership designed to lower operating costs and spur innovation.
The deal brings together Spain’s former state-owned monopoly and the third-biggest mobile-phone operator in Russia, behind MTS (Moscow, Russia) and VimpelCom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and will see the two companies team up on procurement to lower the cost of equipment purchases and also exchange technological know-how.
It seems mobile network operators are constantly being urged to play a bigger M2M role than that of connectivity provider, but Telenor Connexion claims its focus on connectivity is helping it stay ahead of the competition.
The operator this week announced a new deal to provide connectivity services in Europe and Asia for Geotab, a North American fleet telematics specialist now expanding its service internationally.