Why what happens in an internet minute really matters

This might not be the year the world ends, as some say the Mayans prophesized, but it may seem like it for a telecommunications industry under pressure to meet booming demand for Internet resources.


By some projections, the explosion in adoption of Internet connected devices such as laptops, tablets, smart phones, blue ray players and Internet TVs could strain network bandwidth beyond capacity as soon as this year, causing cases of services loss as available access to network bandwidth becomes completely consumed by peak demand.

Laird Technologies acquires wireless LAN modules maker

Laird Technologies Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, announced its acquisition of Summit Data Communications, a manufacturer of wireless LAN modules and cards for mobile computers, medical devices, and similar equipment.  Summit posted a revenue of $17.2 million in 2011, increasing 13% from the previous year.

Locaid to provide Wyless with device location for M2M services

Locaid, a Location-as-a-Service company, and Wyless, a global M2M managed services provider, announced an agreement whereby Locaid will provide location-based services (LBS) to Wyless customers and partners across the globe.

Oracle converged application server meets CSP requirements

Oracle released the results of a performance test demonstrating that Oracle Communications Converged Application Server running on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and using the Linux operating system, can deliver services for communications service providers (CSPs) looking to provide next-generation voice, video and data services over internet protocol (IP)-based networks.

MWC: location-based coupons, prepaid gift cards in the cloud

This week at World Congress in Barcelona, Neustar, Inc., a provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, entertainment, advertising and marketing industries, showcased a range of mobile cloud services, including its latest Neustar Intelligent Cloud Location service.

MWC: Amdocs launches cloud-based mobile payments

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Amdocs, a provider of customer experience systems, announced the launch of Amdocs Mobile Payments.  The new service is a cloud-based gateway, enabling mobile operators to scale their mobile payments business for both prepaid and postpaid customers to open new revenue streams.  Mobile payments that are charged via the carrier offer consumers the option of charging purchases directly to their mobile phone bill, prepaid balance or mobile wallet.

Gemalto announces M2M service for LTE networks

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, made a few major machine-to-machine announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including an end-to-end service for M2M and NFC content over LTE networks, and a plug-and-play M2M communication terminal from Cinterion.

AT&T announces single SIM offering for M2M devices

On Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, AT&T announced a platform service featuring a single SIM offering that expands global coverage.  The SIM, along with a service management platform powered by Jasper Wireless, arms connected and M2M device manufacturers with the ability to manage global wireless device deployment and operations across markets with diagnostic tools and smart process automation.

Telit, Telefonica launch global M2M partnership

Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Tuesday announced a global strategic partnership with Telefonica, a telecommunications network operator, to offer value-added services, customer support, module innovation and global connectivity for M2M applications.

Jasper Wireless, NTT DOCOMO partner to power M2M in Japan

Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected device platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, announced an agreement with NTT DOCOMO to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Japan.