US operators need to demonstrate their commitment to the incentive auction of 600MHz spectrum in 2015 if broadcasters are to overcome their reservations about the process, according to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
Speaking during the keynote session at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, Wheeler expressed frustration that so much of the telecoms industry has been “strangely silent” about the forthcoming sale of sub-1GHz spectrum given the constraints that operators say they are under.
With the US wireless association CTIA changing venues and the timing of its shows, there was some trepidation about turnout for last week’s MobileCon event in San Jose, CA (USA), but returns beat expectations. Almost 1,000 people attended opening day keynote addresses, and an informal poll of over 80 exhibitors showed that they were satisfied with turnout at the SJ Convention Center. The M2M Zone of the expo was heavily trafficked, and some of the news items released at the show included:
Software giant Oracle has championed the cause of the International M2M Council – of which it is a founder member – saying the newly formed trade group will demonstrate the business benefits of M2M services to a variety of vertical markets.
“The IMC intends to show vertical markets how M2M works and what’s in it for them,” says Chris Baker, Oracle’s senior vice president for Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java sales.
“M2M cuts across broad and diverse markets, and the key to evangelism success will be tapping the resources of IMC member companies.”
It seems mobile network operators are constantly being urged to play a bigger M2M role than that of connectivity provider, but Telenor Connexion claims its focus on connectivity is helping it stay ahead of the competition.
The operator this week announced a new deal to provide connectivity services in Europe and Asia for Geotab, a North American fleet telematics specialist now expanding its service internationally.
RACO Wireless is set to announce two acquisitions that will significantly enhance its managed-services offering to M2M customers.
The M2M-focused MVNO had made clear its acquisition intentions last October, when private-equity group Inverness Graham Investments took a majority stake in the business, and has spent much of the intervening period examining potential takeover targets.
The first two days of this week’s CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas have been marked by a flurry of M2M announcements, with partnerships between MVNOs and network operators emerging as a major theme. M2M Zone provides a round-up of the most important news items.
Chinese manufacturing giant Huawei has teamed up with technology distributor Embedded Works in the M2M market, aiming to “simplify and shorten” the deployment of M2M services for its customers.
Announced at the CTIA Wireless Show being held this week in Las Vegas, the deal will see Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and Embedded Works (Santa Clara, CA, USA) collaborate to provide customers with embedded modules plus related wireless components and network services.
Wireless sensors specialist Monnit has launched a new M2M cellular gateway that it claims addresses the needs of a variety of M2M applications.
Unveiled at this week’s CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas, the gateway is has been designed in response to rising demand for low-cost and reliable “connect-from-anywhere” monitoring solutions, says Monnit (Midvale, UT, USA).
M2M managed services provider Wyless has signed an important agreement with Telefonica Digital that will help it tap into the surging demand for M2M services in Latin America.
The deal allows Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) partners to use the Telefonica Global SIM in conjunction with Wyless managed services on more than 350 networks around the worldwide.
Nevertheless, the real focus in on Latin America, where Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) operates networks in some of the region’s biggest markets.
Freeing up airwaves for use by the US wireless industry could spur the take-up of new M2M services, with enormous benefits for consumers and businesses.
That was one of the key messages emerging from today’s keynote presentation at the CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.
Speaking to a packed hall, Steve Largent, the president and chief executive of the CTIA, said his organization was pushing government authorities in Washington on the issue of spectrum availability, describing it as “pivotal” for the mobile industry’s future prospects.