At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week, Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is exhibiting several new features of its platform for embedded machine-to-machine application development, including a new third-party library, an integrated debugger, and a new user interface for remote device management.
Sierra "AirPrime" modules are designed to support a complete embedded application framework for M2M application development. Remote management is also supported thanks to AirPrime Management Services, a set of device management capabilities.
Vodafone (London) and Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) will co-develop a new kit that will allow companies to embed M2M functionality into products. The kit will be built around Intel's "Atom" class processor, and supported by service from Vodafone's network.
Target applications include smart meters, connected vehicles, or even entire smart buildings, according to a joint statement.
The news arrives only a day after Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announced a cross-border cooperative M2M initiative.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris) will explore the potential of cooperation in a number of technology fields, including machine-to-machine communication, the companies announced in a joint press release this morning. Other areas of interest include radio access network sharing in Europe, WiFi roaming QoS, and equipment standardization.
After more than three years of AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) exclusivity, Verizon Wireless' (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) iPhone finally goes on sale today in the U.S. After years of pent-up demand from its customers, Verizon has seen very strong pre-launch demand for Apple's handset. Analysts predict, on average, that Verizon could sell more than 12 million units this year.
KT Corp, South Korea's No.2 mobile carrier, said on Thursday that it plans to become the top shareholder of credit card processing firm BC Card, betting on mobile payment services to generate new revenue.
KT (Seoul) said in a statement that its board had approved its planned purchase of a combined 33.85 percent stake in BC Card from Woori Bank and Shinhan Card.
As cell phone penetration in the US hits 95% (100% if you rule out kids under 5 years of age), the battleground for the largest telecom carriers has shifted to machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. And it looks like AT&T (Dallas, TX USA) has just gotten its nose ahead in this race, adding almost 2 million devices in Q4 2010. (Note: this includes consumer and computing devices like eReaders, tablets and laptops.)
A new optimizer for mobile backhaul applications is said to double the amount of data standard networks can handle, allowing network operators to leverage existing networks for significant cost savings. The I-Gate 4000 from Dialogic Inc. (San Jose, CA USA) provides for voice- and data-stream optimization for 3G, 2G, and enterprise traffic, and is said to significantly improve the customer experience. The unit will be introduced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress In Barcelona.
IEEE (Piscataway, NJ USA) has announced that the final IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard was finalized in December 2010 and is now available at its website. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this BPL standard is designed for use in a wide range of applications including smart energy, transportation and Local Area Networks (LANs) in both the home and the enterprise.
In a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group (Redwood City, CA, USA), mobile backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015. The report tracks two market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.
Tekelec (Morrisville, NC, USA) is converging its suite of network intelligence and policy control solutions into a system known as RAN-aware policy management. The solution draws intelligence and technology from existing Tekelec offerings such as its proprietary Performance Intelligence Center (Version 7.0 launched in November 2010), the SDM suite (acquired from Blueslice Networks in May 2010) and the Camiant Policy Management PCRF (acquired in May 2010).