LTE hotspots, a better alternative to smartphone tethering

Worldwide data networks are about to be buried beneath an avalanche of wireless data traffic. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that by 2015, there will be 26 times as much mobile data traffic as there was in 2010 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 92%. Cisco VNI also projects that, by 2015, there will be two network-connected devices for every man, woman, and child on the planet—with WiFi and mobile devices accounting for 54% of all IP traffic.  

Telefonica invests in mobile payments firm Boku

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Telefonica SA, Spain's largest phone company, is investing in Boku to help the mobile payments start-up expand.

Deutsche Telekom partners with AppDirect for cloud services

AppDirect, a provider of cloud service marketplace and management platforms, announced that it is providing its cloud service for Deutsche Telekom’s new Business Marketplace. With the Business Marketplace, Deutsche Telekom is able to deliver secure cloud applications and services to SMB customers.

Gemalto deploys M2M services in Saudi Arabia

Gemalto, a digital security provider, announced on Monday that Mobily, a mobile operators in Saudi Arabia, has selected its Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as smart grid metering and fleet tracking.


The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PND vendors shifting strategies to compete with mobile apps

Shifts in the product offerings by Personal Navigation Device (PND) vendors can be seen as a bid to prevail in a market that is expected to decline by over 40% by 2016, says ABI Research.

Smart grid security investments to total $14 billion by 2018: Report

According to a recent report by Pike Research, utility operators are now in open discussions about protection products for smart grid security, and these conversations will lead to significant growth in the sector over the next several years. Cumulative smart grid cyber security investment from 2011 to 2018 will total $14 billion, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.

Digi launches multi-channel wireless module for India

On Tuesday, Digi International released the XBee 865LP, a multi-channel 865 MHz wireless module that features up to 10 channels for interference immunity. The module can improve network performance in "noisy" wireless environments and offers twice the range of other modules, says the company. The low-power module is based on Analog Device's ADF7023 transceiver and can be used for energy management, sensor deployments and other wireless networking applications.

Telit HSPA+ M2M module enables connectivity in personal trackers

On Tuesday, Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announces that its HE910, a pentaband HSPA+ M2M module, enables connectivity in the personal tracker from WH Electronics Inc., a provider of electronic controllers and systems for the automotive Industry

NFC to drive $74 billion in transactions by 2015: Report

A new study by Juniper Research forecasts that NFC will facilitate transactions valued at $74 billion by 2015, as NFC will be increasingly used for the payment of goods in-store and as transport tickets.  The increasing use of mobile devices as an alternative to credit cards and paper tickets is one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile commerce market, says Juniper Research.  

Ceragon gets $6 million Nigerian backhaul contract

Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, announced a $6 million contract with Globacom Nigeria (Glo), a mobile service provider in Nigeria, for Ceragon’s wireless backhaul services.  Ceragon will manage the end-to-end deployment of its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution IP Long-Haul systems throughout Nigeria, expanding upon the original network Ceragon developed for Glo in 2010.