Vodafone and O2 will share a network in Britain to cut the cost of building a new superfast service, leading the way in a likely shake-up of a sector that is battling falling revenues and high investment costs.
Europe's telecom sector is chasing ways to meet the rising cost of keeping pace with technological advances and customer demands, with tie-ups and co-operation deals the order of the day; the arrival of emerging markets billionaire Carlos Slim on the European telecom scene is also ramping up the pressure for consolidation.
The global 2G, 3G, and 4G equipment market decreased 14% to just under $10 billion in the first quarter of 2012 following an 8% increase the previous quarter, reports market research firm Infonetics Research in its new report.
Some of the largest vendors and OEMs on the planet were in agreement at the Axeda Conference in Boston this week – embedded devices will allow manufacturers to monitor their goods after sale, and in doing so, present a wide range of revenue opportunities that are just starting to become reality. New, M2M-driven revenue sources will resemble subscription sales more than the traditional movement of hard goods, and handling “Big Data” will be the key to making that happen.
Jack Sweeney, CEO of Axeda, kicked off the Axeda Connexion conference on Tuesday by discussing the growth potential of the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry in terms of numbers.
According to Sweeney, there will be 3.5 billion M2M connections by 2014, before reaching 50 billion connections in 2020. “This means that you would have to connect 166 new machines every second of every day for the next eight years,” says Sweeney.
KORE Telematics, a wireless service provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, on Thursday announced the availability of its Quickstart Program for Huawei's Evaluation Kits. Designed specifically for the developer community, the KORE Quickstart Program enables companies to more quickly and easily bring new M2M solutions to market on the KORE network.
Axeda Corporation, a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and Multi-Tech Systems, a provider of M2M communications products and services, on Monday announced a new alliance that will further reduce the cost and complexity of bringing complete machine-to-machine (M2M) services to market.
Half the world will have access to 4G mobile networks by 2017 providing the high-speed Internet access needed to download videos and play games on smartphones, Ericsson said in a report on the telecoms market on Tuesday.
The social cloud is an integration of cloud-based services with traditional communications and social media channels. The two driving forces behind the social cloud evolution are the transition of content from traditional media like books, magazines, and CDs into bits and bytes, as well as the desire for everyone to share and communicate instantaneously.
Last week at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Alcatel-Lucent said by the end of the decade Asia will need to invest $1.1 trillion in its telecom infrastructure to compete in the digital economy.
According to the telecom equipment provider, over the past five years, Asia has added 1.5 billion additional mobile subscribers; yet still more than 25% of Asians live without basic mobile services. Over the next five years governments and business will need to add another 1.3 billion mobile subscribers to bridge the gap, says Alcatel-Lucent (Paris).
Last week, Cisco issued results from its annual initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth, and found that by 2016, annual global IP traffic is forecast to be 1.3 zettabytes - (a zettabyte is equal to a sextillion bytes, or a trillion gigabytes). The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011 (369 exabytes).