Japan’s NEC and Hong Kong’s Maestro Wireless have formed a strategic partnership aimed at exploiting global M2M business opportunities.
Under the agreement, NEC (Tokyo, Japan) will integrate its CONNEXIVE service platform with hardware developed by Maestro (Hong Kong) to provide an improved M2M offering to mobile operator and enterprise customers.
Bell Canada has become the latest operator to launch a portal allowing business customers to manage M2M services.
The operator’s new M2M Management Centre has been developed in collaboration with network vendor Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), which is playing an ever-more prominent role in the M2M space, having recently concluded a platform deal with France’s Orange Business Services (Paris).
UK-based Weightless says consulting and technology services group Accenture has joined its board of directors.
Accenture’s (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) membership should boost efforts by Weightless (Cambridge, UK) to popularize its M2M communications standard based on the use of white-space spectrum – gaps in frequency bands freed up by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting systems.
M2M specialist Sierra Wireless is trying to fuel interest in its range of services with the launch of a new solution exchange and partner program.
The program is designed to promote integrated wireless solutions powered by Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) technology and, according to the company, offers a streamlined and functional way for solution partners to market offerings to a network of operator, sales and reseller channels.
US operator Sprint is copying rivals by extending its customers the option of upgrading their smartphones every 12 months.
The operator has unveiled a new offer called Sprint One Up that allows customers to change handsets midway through a contract.
The service will be available to customers signed up to two-year contracts on rates starting from $65 a month.
China Mobile looks set to begin offering Apple’s coveted iPhone to its huge customer base, with regulatory authorities reported to have approved the introduction of the device on the network technology used by the operator.
According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center has issued a license to Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) for handsets engineered to work on the TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE standards being used by China Mobile (Beijing, China) to support 3G and 4G services.
Telecoms operators are set to make a staggering $88 billion in revenue from the provision of M2M services in 2023, up from $10 billion this year, according to new research from Analysys Mason.
The market-research company reckons emerging economies will account for much of the revenue growth as applications are customized to suit local needs and technology costs fall.
It also predicts that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will grow their share of overall M2M device connections from 14.6% in 2013 to 24.6% in 2023.
Australia-based M2M specialist NetComm Wireless has announced a major distribution agreement with TData aimed at consolidating its position in its domestic market.
Under the deal, TData (Castle Hill, Australia) is to distribute various NetComm (Sydney, Australia) products to value-added resellers, systems integrators and vertical market sectors in Australia.
According to NetComm, Australia’s M2M market is currently the fastest growing in the world, thanks largely to the take-up of M2M services by small and medium-sized organizations in the country.
The smartwatch could be as revolutionary as the smartphone - an intelligent device on our wrist that connects our bodies to data and us to the world - but only a handful of companies have the heft and vision to be able to pull it off.
It's not through lack of trying. Watchmakers and others have been adding calculators, calendars and wireless data connections to wrist-straps for at least 30 years.
Microsoft Corp will buy Nokia's phone business and license its patents for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion), a bold foray into mobile devices that also brings potential chief executive contender Stephen Elop back into the fold.
Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft's (Seattle, WA, USA) Windows Phone software, the Finnish phone maker that once dominated the global market collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant, its mobile business ravaged by nimbler rivals Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA, USA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).