The American Medical Association is reporting that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) announced it has formed a division geared toward health information technology, a market it estimates to be worth nearly $34 billion.
The new division, AT&T ForHealth, will focus on the development and delivery of health IT solutions, including telehealth, cloud computing and wireless monitoring devices.
Last Thursday, the GSM Association announced the formation of a task force of mobile operators to explore the development of an embedded SIM that can be remotely activated. The association expects to enable the design of exciting new form factors for mobile communications and speed the development of M2M services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband to non-traditional devices such as cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices and e-Readers, as well as smart meters.
Sprint (Overland Park, VA, USA) recently announced the upcoming launch of Sprint Mobile Wallet, a way to buy physical and digital products using a Sprint phone. Sprint claims Mobile Wallet is simple and secure, and will make it easier for developers to monetize their products.
Tekelec Inc. released version 7.0 of their popular "Performance Intelligence Center" this quarter, adding new ways to synthesize, translate, and use network data for business purposes. This iteration was in development for approximately ten months.
Historically, telecommunication companies have been characterized by fixed rates for telephone and Internet service. Because price is the distinguishing factor instead of features or other differentiators, the average revenue per user has been on a downward trend. The industry has been looking for a solution to this trend for some time, and some providers are now finding it in managed IT services in the cloud.
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As mobile usage in the developed countries moves rapidly from voice to applications, the level of call processing in the network must increase correspondingly. Applications such as video and navigation require hundreds of times more data than voice, and the network’s processing capabilities must be upgraded to handle it. Yet choices now being made about 4G infrastructures will significantly impact operators’ ability to scale processing power as needed.
Flowserve Corporation, a Texas-based provider of flow control products and services for pipelines and infrastructure, recently launched and an end-to-end, global MPLS network with Orange Business Services.
Mike Wald, vice president of operations for Flowserve Corporation’s information technology department and VP of IT for the Flow Control Division, said the network is paying dividends already. Its value is not just in the number connections and bandwidth throughput, but in Flowserve’s ability to monitor the performance of the network's constituents.
So here we are in a brand new decade; in many ways, escaping from the “Noughties” won’t be all bad for the communications industry. After all, we weathered the telecom freeze in the early 2000s, which decimated the ranks of telecom equipment makers, forced consolidation among some carriers and increased regulatory actions in many parts of the world.
IBM last week announced new cloud services and technology offerings for clients moving key enterprise business processes into production cloud environments. IBM is building out its existing cloud portfolio with IBM SmartCloud, a solution for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware, software, services and best practices.
As part of this announcement, IBM is demonstrating a next-generation, enterprise cloud service delivery platform currently piloting with key clients and available later this year.