A recent study documented the data usage of 1.1 million subscribers of a European mobile network over a 24-hour period and found that 1% of subscribers consumed 50% of the downlink data volume. Arieso, an advisor of mobile operators in the United States, Europe and Africa, conducted the study.
Zhone Technologies, Inc, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, announced on Wednesday that through a partnership with BTC Networks, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a mobile voice and data service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is utilizing Zhone's MXK Optical Line Termination (OLT) for its nationwide Fiber network.
According to new a report from analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.2 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service with integrated connectivity at the end of 2011. The firm forecasts that the number of home monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2012 and 2016 reaching 4.9 million connections globally.
At the end of the year 1.5 million people around the globe were actively using TomTom’s LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic, compared to 690,000 at the start of the year.
Currently, over 90% of TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) automotive systems and 20% of its Portable Navigation Devices sold in Europe are equipped with LIVE Services.
Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.
ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, last week announced that the target launch date for its second satellite is January 10, 2012. LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB System AG, confirmed that construction and testing of the VesselSat2 AIS satellite has been successfully completed.
The spacecraft has been shipped to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation’s Tiayuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in the Ganso Province of the People’s Republic of China for its launch.
Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, has entered into an agreement to purchase Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a designer and manufacturer of Global Positioning System (GPS) modules, for $3 million in cash.
A study released on Wednesday by KPMG, a professional services network, found only 23% of consumers were willing to use mobile payments in place of other forms of payment, with 30% of younger adults much more willing to do so. One major obstacle to universal adoption of mobile payments is doubt among consumers and some companies that paying with one's smart phone is secure and easier than using a credit or debit card or cash.
Attempting to use a credit card when traveling abroad usually results in a declined transaction, especially when forgetting to inform the bank of your travel plans. The banks are trying to protect the user against credit card fraud, but the majority of the time the transaction is declined fraud is not being committed.
In light of AT&T’s aborted deal to acquire T-Mobile’s North American assets, it remains to be seen how this will affect the M2M industry. T-Mobile’s M2M group in North America was led by John Horn, who recently left the company (with much of his team) for RACO Wireless, with the understanding that RACO w