The Unified Communications (UC) market is on the cusp of a significant transformation, largely fueled by the advent of new technologies and capabilities such as video, making previously complex features and services within the realm of possibility today. In fact, most industry analysts expect the UC market to grow at an aggressive rate over the next several years. One industry estimate has the UC market at $22 billion by 2016, up from approximately $8 to $10 billion today.
Rogers Communications and Axeda Corporation on Tuesday announced an alliance that will accelerate the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions in Canada. As of Thursday, businesses and developers across Canada will have access Axeda’s M2M Platform to build and roll-out enterprise M2M applications for connected products in Canada.
Taoglas USA, Inc, a provider of antennas for the M2M market, last week announced a new Near Field Communications (NFC) antenna and tag service for M2M devices. The FXT.01 NFC tag antenna and FXR.01 NFC reader antenna operate at 13.56MHz and provide a well-matched solution (50ohms) for NFC readers, says the company.
Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. According to Pike Research, that is starting to change, and over the remainder of the decade momentum will build in this nascent market.
SkyWave Mobile Communications, a provider of wireless data communications for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, last week announced the introduction of the new IDP-780 series of terminals with dual mode satellite-cellular capability.
As many new LTE networks are deployed globally, some mobile users are starting to enjoy higher access speeds and a better overall user experience. Drive testing has demonstrated the capabilities of these networks to deliver up to 100 Mbps per user – at least while there are not many users. While the availability of devices capable of taking advantage of these higher capacity networks has been scarce, and hence the tele-density of LTE users low, operators have generally managed to boost existing backhaul networks to handle the added capacity.
As Canadians continue to adopt mobile technology and as demand for mobile payments capability continues to grow, the banking industry and credit union system on Monday announced a set of voluntary, secure, open guidelines for the development of mobile payments at point-of-sale terminals in Canada.
The news coming out of the CTIA Wireless show this week stretches across every part of the wireless industry. From backhaul to mobile payments, there is always something happening in the booths and conference rooms at CTIA. Provided below is a glimpse into some of the news and information coming out of the show in the form of numbers.
Copper vs. Fiber
DragonWave Inc., a supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, on Tuesday at CTIA Wireless announced the availability of higher modulation modes of up to 2048 Quadrature amplitude modulation(QAM) on its Horizon packet microwave products. This higher modulation allows the radios to transport up to 37% more data through existing microwave channels, which improves spectral efficiency and, correspondingly, lowers operators' cost per bit.
Actelis, a global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions, showcased its Ethernet Access Device (EAD) at International CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week. The device is designed to address the growing mobile backhaul challenge faced by wireless service providers.