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.
Filipino operator PLDT has launched what it calls a suite of mobile M2M solutions to support “credit, sales and mobile payment operations for local businesses”.
The operator is marketing the new services through its Smart Enterprise division under the brand names of Smart M2M Credit, M2M Sales and M2M Pay.
For all the hype, Apple Inc's long-awaited iPhone agreement with China Mobile Ltd may deliver little more than a fleeting revenue jolt for the U.S. giant.
A deal with the world's largest mobile carrier, expected as early as this week, nets Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) 759 million potential new customers that could generate $3 billion in 2014 revenue, or nearly one-quarter of Apple's projected revenue growth in its current fiscal year.
The data center and enterprise market for software-defined networking (SDN) is set to be worth as much as $3.1 billion by 2017, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
“It’s still early days, but our research over the last two years confirms that SDN controllers and Ethernet switches in use for SDN will play a role in enterprise and data center networks, growing to a $3.1 billion market by 2017,” said Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.
Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have announced a network-sharing plan aimed at avoiding “duplication of infrastructure” and lowering costs.
The companies said they would share inter- and intra-city fiber-optic networks, submarine cable networks, towers, internet broadband services and other technologies that might emerge in future.
Besides avoiding duplication and freeing up capital for other projects, the operators said that comprehensive network sharing would help to “preserve the environment”.
An Indian court will issue on Thursday its verdict on Nokia's appeal against the seizure by tax authorities of its local factory after a tax dispute, lawyers for the company and the tax department said on Wednesday.
The Chennai factory is one of Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) biggest phone-making plants.
Nokia has been trying to end the dispute ahead of the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) in a 5.4 billion euros ($7.4 billion) deal.
(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Writing by Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
News this week from connected health technology advocates calls attention the importance of nurturing synergies between healthcare and Information Communications Technology (ICT) providers worldwide.
Continua Health Alliance today announced that two major communications providers -- China Mobile and Verizon Enterprise Solutions -- have joined the Alliance, adding to a roster of operators in its membership, that includes AT&T, KDDI, Korea Telecom (KT), NTT DOCOMO - Mobile, NTT, Orange, Telefonica, Telus and Vodafone.