A major theme coming out of CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week is mobile payments. This theme manifested itself on Monday with two major announcements by MasterCard. The two announcements included results from a mobile payments readiness index produced by MasterCard, as well as the launch of PayPass wallet services.
On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless, the Small Cell Forum, an independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment, released a whitepaper outlining the opportunities and challenges facing public access 3G small cell deployments. The paper found that public access small cells could play a key role in providing additional mobile coverage, capacity and new services in both urban and rural areas.
On Monday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, the GSMA announced that it has been working with three major Canadian operators - Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and TELUS, to launch its OneAPI Gateway. The gateway offers application developers a way to connect to and use a standard set of APIs (application programming interfaces) available from the three major Canadian Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
Like the Interstate Highway system in the 1950s, building out a national LTE infrastructure in the U.S. is a major undertaking. The largest challenges in building out an LTE network consider of planning, staging, and deploying the technology at maximum speed and with minimal costs. Mobile operators are in a tight race to build out LTE networks in the U.S. as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and backhaul is a key component of the job.
A new iGR study shows that demand for microwave backhaul is forecast to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 68% from 2011 to 2016, but that the issues associated with the technology could significantly slow down deployment.
This article summarizes the two mobile wallet white papers published by Mobey Forum. The papers offer a workable definition for the mobile wallet, and explore use cases, stakeholders in the ecosystem, and the ‘control points’ that will define how the technology develops.
Mobile wallet – definition and need for openness
Electricity storage, a Holy Grail of the power industry, is years from being widely deployed because of market and regulatory barriers, said an executive of S&C Electric, whose projects include enabling homes to use solar power at night.
Novatel Wireless, Inc., a provider of intelligent wireless networking services, on Tuesday announces that Tripple Track, a Scandinavian provider of GPS tracking and vehicle management services, has selected Novatel Wireless to provide its full portfolio of Enfora asset tags and mobile tracking devices as well as its N4A CMS service delivery platform.
The growth of the overall market for two-wheel vehicles including scooters, motorcycles, and bicycles within Asia Pacific is leading to a strong expansion of the electric two-wheel vehicle industry in the region, with adoption being driven by rapid urbanization and increasing household incomes, says a report by Pike Research.
When it comes to access networks, fiber is the technology that’s getting all the attention these days, and for good reason, as it offers superfast speeds for the latest broadband services. Yet for all the talk of fiber, the reality is that the majority of the world’s existing access wireline infrastructure is copper based, and service providers everywhere are looking to make the best use of this installed infrastructure.