Sprint expands asset tracking portfolio with Omnilink

On Monday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, Sprint announced it is expanding its portfolio of products from Omnilink, a provider of location-based services (LBS) and platforms.  Omnilink’s asset tracking service operates on the Sprint wireless networks and offers an out-of-the box tool for tracking assets at risk for theft or damage, such as: bank bags, automated teller machines (ATMs), computers and data storage devices, vehicles, consumer

T-Mobile USA selects Ericsson, NSN for $4 billion LTE network upgrade

On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, T-Mobile USA announced that it has selected telecom equipment vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks for the $4 billion upgrade of its LTE network, which is due to launch in 2013. The amount that each company is to be allotted for the upgrade was not disclosed.

MasterCard releases mobile payments index, launches PayPass Wallet Services at CTIA

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.

CTIA Report: 10 small cells can offload 75% of macrocell traffic

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.

GSMA launches API Gateway in Canada

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).

Construction, not capacity, is the real LTE challenge in U.S.

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.

Report: microwave backhaul issues could significantly slow small cell deployment

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.

Mobile wallets: definition and control points

Mobey Forum

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 for smart grids needs government push

Reuters

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 to provide asset tags in Nordic countries

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.