M2M specialist Sierra Wireless is trying to fuel interest in its range of services with the launch of a new solution exchange and partner program.
The program is designed to promote integrated wireless solutions powered by Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) technology and, according to the company, offers a streamlined and functional way for solution partners to market offerings to a network of operator, sales and reseller channels.
Expanding its role in the M2M value chain, Aeris Communications has launched a cloud-based platform providing data management and analytics functionality for M2M applications.
The company, which operates a CDMA-based network exclusively for M2M services, says the launch of AerCloud will expand its product line-up all the way from the network through to the applications.
The platform is aimed at helping application developers to collect and store data, mine it for insights and then allow it to be used in applications and by third parties.
US operator Sprint is copying rivals by extending its customers the option of upgrading their smartphones every 12 months.
The operator has unveiled a new offer called Sprint One Up that allows customers to change handsets midway through a contract.
The service will be available to customers signed up to two-year contracts on rates starting from $65 a month.
Vodafone Netherlands has become the world’s first operator to deploy an entirely scalable small cell system for its enterprise customers.
The technology is being supplied by SpiderCloud Wireless (San Jose, CA, USA) and is designed to boost in-building capacity and coverage for the operator’s range of enterprise customers.
The system can be installed much faster than older small-cell technologies and incorporates a node allowing the operator to control more than 100 multi-access small cells.
Argentina’s Claro has been unveiled as the latest operator to become a customer of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless, raising questions about the potential involvement of Claro owner America Movil in the Jasper-led M2M alliance.
The operator, which runs the biggest mobile network in Argentina, says the deal will help its operating companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to deliver new services through connected enterprise and consumer electronics devices.
Logistics company Ryder is to begin using telematics services from Orbcomm across its fleet of trailer assets, the two organizations have announced.
Ryder (Miami, FL, USA) was already a customer of Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA), which claims to have deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, but the new deal marks a significant extension of their partnership.
China Mobile looks set to begin offering Apple’s coveted iPhone to its huge customer base, with regulatory authorities reported to have approved the introduction of the device on the network technology used by the operator.
According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center has issued a license to Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) for handsets engineered to work on the TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE standards being used by China Mobile (Beijing, China) to support 3G and 4G services.
Telecoms operators are set to make a staggering $88 billion in revenue from the provision of M2M services in 2023, up from $10 billion this year, according to new research from Analysys Mason.
The market-research company reckons emerging economies will account for much of the revenue growth as applications are customized to suit local needs and technology costs fall.
It also predicts that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will grow their share of overall M2M device connections from 14.6% in 2013 to 24.6% in 2023.
Telit has acquired cloud-services company ILS Technology (ILST) in a move that should further strengthen its position as a provider of managed M2M services and lessen its reliance on hardware sales.
The financial terms of the takeover were not disclosed, but Telit (London, UK) said that management, engineering and support staff from ILST (Boca Raton, FL, USA) would be integrated with its own m2mAir services unit, which the company set up last year.
Australia-based M2M specialist NetComm Wireless has announced a major distribution agreement with TData aimed at consolidating its position in its domestic market.
Under the deal, TData (Castle Hill, Australia) is to distribute various NetComm (Sydney, Australia) products to value-added resellers, systems integrators and vertical market sectors in Australia.
According to NetComm, Australia’s M2M market is currently the fastest growing in the world, thanks largely to the take-up of M2M services by small and medium-sized organizations in the country.