AT&T to unveil M2M developer kit

US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a new cloud-based M2M service aimed at fuelling the development of new applications and boosting take-up of its managed services.

Branded the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) M2X Developer Kit, the service includes a cloud-based data storage service that will allow customers to manage the data collected from connected devices.

The other component is a Control Center powered by M2M platforms provider Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), enabling M2M developers to transmit and collect data from SIMs on any connected machine.

Deutsche Telekom to launch SaaS-based smart-metering kit

German telecoms operator Deutsche Telekom claims it will soon become the world’s first company to offer a modular solution for smart metering using so-called ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) technology.

The service will give utility companies a selection of tools for energy provision and management, and includes a gateway administration service, the installation of meters and gateways, the communications link, a meter data-management system and an IT system based on SAP (Walldorf, Germany), with which Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has a long-standing partnership.

Data center and enterprise SDN market to be worth $3.1 billion by 2017: Infonetics Research

The data center and enterprise market for software-defined networking (SDN) is set to be worth as much as $3.1 billion by 2017, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.

“It’s still early days, but our research over the last two years confirms that SDN controllers and Ethernet switches in use for SDN will play a role in enterprise and data center networks, growing to a $3.1 billion market by 2017,” said Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.

Metro data traffic to grow by 560% by 2017: Bell Labs

Data traffic on metro access and aggregation networks is set to grow by as much as 560% by 2017, according to new research from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, driven by demand for ultra-broadband access, video and cloud services.

The research also indicates that by 2017 more than 75% of this traffic will stay in metro networks, up from just 57% today.

Meanwhile, traffic from video services will grow by 720% over the forecast period, with data-center traffic increasing by 440%.

iGen Networks plans cloud-based M2M push

Cloud platform provider iGen Networks says it is expanding services into the M2M market and will develop solutions “that provide a compelling return on investment for managing small commercial fleets and protecting mobile assets”.

iGen (Alexandria, VA, USA) plans to leverage its cloud-based infrastructure to ramp up its M2M activities, noting that with recent developments in hardware and cloud delivery technologies M2M solutions for fleets have become a lot more sophisticated.

Deutsche Telekom to lay off 6,000 T-Systems workers: report

Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut up to 6,000 jobs at its T-Systems IT division, according to a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt.

The layoffs would reduce the size of the T-Systems workforce in Germany by more than a fifth from its current level of 29,000 employees, and is said to be aimed at streamlining operations to make the IT business more competitive.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has confirmed that it is planning restructuring measures to the Wall Street Journal but refused to comment on speculation about the number of jobs that will be affected.

For Cisco and Huawei, a bruising rivalry reaches stalemate


Cisco Systems Inc and Huawei Technologies Co, two of the world's largest communications equipment makers, have been slugging it out for a decade now - in court, in emerging markets, in the lobbies of government and even on blogs.

The past year suggests they've ground to an expensive stalemate, raising questions about their futures on each other's lucrative home turf.

Earlier this month Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) CEO John Chambers admitted in an earnings call that political dynamics were stymieing his company's long march into Huawei's backyard.

SAP and China Telecom to promote cloud services in China

German software giant SAP has announced plans to expand its strategic partnership with China Telecom into the field of cloud computing.

Under the agreement, China Datacom – a joint venture between SAP and China Telecom subsidiary China Communication Services (CCS) – will offer SAP’s cloud services to businesses in China.

According to SAP’s statement, CCS will also become the first local customer of SAP’s cloud services.

Verizon launches cloud security platform for M2M services

US operator Verizon has launched a new cloud-based platform aimed at providing security for a variety of M2M services.

According to Verizon (New York City, NY, USA), while the number of internet-connected cars, smart meters and home-monitoring systems has been growing at a dramatic pace, the cybersecurity services designed to safeguard these applications are proving to be inadequate.

Branded Managed Certificate Services, the operator’s “next-generation” platform is aimed at addressing what Verizon sees as an emerging technology risk.

New Zealand's Gen-i teams up with Jasper Wireless

ICT provider Gen-i has become the latest customer of Jasper Wireless and the platform developer’s first in the New Zealand market.

The company says the connected-devices platform will allow it to help companies in New Zealand leverage telemetry and big data for “business advantage”.

Gen-i (Auckland, New Zealand) plans to use the platform to support the growth of locally developed solutions into the global market, as well as introduce new M2M services to New Zealand.

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