MWC Preview: mobile payments become reality

With Mobile World Congress only days away, news is already beginning to flood the airways. Mobile payments are one of the many hot topics that are sure to be talked about next week. Visa and Samsung have already revealed they will be showcasing a mobile payments application for the Summer Olympics in London at MWC, while other companies like Ericsson added new services to its already existing m-commerce portfolio. Below are just a few of the many mobile payments announcements TelecomEngine expects to come out of Mobi

MWC Preview: M2M - new partnerships, new technology

As Mobile World Congress quickly approaches major companies are beginning to release news.  While predominately a telecom show, Mobile World Congress will also be displaying some of the latest innovations in the machine-to-machine industry.  Ericsson will be showcasing a new electric vehicle charging service, while other companies like DoCoMo and Jasper Wireless reveal M2M partnerships.  Below are just a few examples of M2M news that will be coming out of MWC.

MWC preview: LTE and small cells

Mobile World Congress kicks off on Monday in Barcelona, which means major news will be coming from the telecommunications industry, specifically in regards to LTE.  As LTE networks are being built out across the world new technology and services are being created.

MACH reveals M2M revenue protection to reduce fraud

MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services, recently announced the launch of its M2M Revenue Protection Solution, which is designed to help M2M (Machine-to-Machine) service providers reduce losses from fraud and malicious activity on their networks, including SIM cloning, call selling, and Denial of Service attacks, while reducing losses caused by human error.

Jasper Wireless signs first connected device partnership in Portugal

Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected devices platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, and Optimus, a Portuguese mobile network operator, on Wednesday announced an agreement to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Portugal.

FTTH Conference: Scandinavia may be overtaken by South, East Europe

The latest European FTTH market panorama for the full year 2011 was presented on Wednesday during a press conference at the FTTH Conference in Munich, Germany. Since the previous edition in June 2011, Europe has added more than 600,000 new FTTH subscribers. FTTH/B roll-out has progressed at an annual rate of 41% in 2011, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers and nearly 28 million homes passed at the end of 2011, says the FTTH Council Europe.

Telefonica to launch mobile wallet services

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., a provider of mobile messaging and mobile commerce services, on Tuesday announced a global, strategic partnership with Telefonica Digital to provide mobile wallet services. Sybase 365 will help develop Telefonica's mWallet, which will be the gateway for its customers to a range of mobile financial services.

Will long-life M2M applications keep 2G around?

As telecom operators become increasingly involved in machine-to-machine (M2M) markets, major decisions are going to have to be made about the viability of 2G networks.

The critical condition of medical device connectivity

In order to deliver high-quality care and meet regulatory mandates, hospitals must collect increasingly detailed clinical data from inpatients, while reducing staff costs. Obtaining the additional data required to manage and coordinate care inside and outside the hospital, without spending a fortune on staff, requires the ability to automatically retrieve information from medical devices.

Wi-Fi network controller module introduced for M2M market

Murata Wireless Solutions (MWS), a manufacturer of wireless modules, on Tuesday announced the introduction of its Wi-Fi Network Controller Module.  The SN8200 is a small, low power, self-contained, certified Wi-Fi network controller module that provides serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity to the internet, and can be used by manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such as home appliances,