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.

Report: 382 million electric two-wheel vehicles to be sold in Asia Pacific by 2018

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.

Not dead yet: Copper and its new lease on life

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.

NRF urges FTC to move cautiously on mobile payments

On Thursday, The National Retail Federation urged the U.S.

Mobile data explosion makes Ka Band satellite profitable in LTE backhaul

In the past, satellite was dismissed as a wireless backhaul technology, mainly for cost reasons; but as pricing for wireless data increases and carriers shift away from unlimited plans, there is now a compelling, and profitable argument for Ka Band’s use in LTE network backhaul. Ka Band plays well with LTE’s all-packet architecture.

Massachusetts commuter rails launch e-ticketing system

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, a provider of transit mobile ticketing, jointly announced that they will be bringing mobile ticketing to MBTA commuter rail riders this fall. With applications for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, customers will be able to purchase commuter rail tickets and passes.  Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

Vending machine company to be 100% cashless by end of 2012

USA Technologies, Inc., a provider of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry services for self-serve, small-ticket retailing industries, last week announced that its customer, Pepi Food Services, has signed an agreement to go 100% cashless by the end of 2012. Using USA Technologies ePort Connect cashless payment and telemetry service, Pepi plans to convert its entire vending machine base to 100% cashless three years ahead of Pepi's original plan.