Vodafone Netherlands invests in small cells for enterprise customers

Vodafone Netherlands has become the world’s first operator to deploy an entirely scalable small cell system for its enterprise customers.

The technology is being supplied by SpiderCloud Wireless (San Jose, CA, USA) and is designed to boost in-building capacity and coverage for the operator’s range of enterprise customers.

The system can be installed much faster than older small-cell technologies and incorporates a node allowing the operator to control more than 100 multi-access small cells.

Claro Argentina becomes latest customer of Jasper Wireless

Argentina’s Claro has been unveiled as the latest operator to become a customer of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless, raising questions about the potential involvement of Claro owner America Movil in the Jasper-led M2M alliance.

The operator, which runs the biggest mobile network in Argentina, says the deal will help its operating companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to deliver new services through connected enterprise and consumer electronics devices.

Orbcomm to provide telematics services to Ryder

Logistics company Ryder is to begin using telematics services from Orbcomm across its fleet of trailer assets, the two organizations have announced.

Ryder (Miami, FL, USA) was already a customer of Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA), which claims to have deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, but the new deal marks a significant extension of their partnership.

Enabling Roaming Across LTE Networks

Mobile operators should review their connectivity options

The mobile operator community is working to address the increasing need for bandwidth that accompanies the rollout of next generation 4G networks. These Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks pave the way to full IP convergence, which operators see as a key to enabling accelerated time-to-market of new services that can drive customer satisfaction and generate new revenues. 

Regulation suggests China Mobile may soon get iPhone: Dow Jones

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.

M2M connectivity revenues to hit $88 billion in 2023: Analysys Mason

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.

Telit acquires ILST to bolster managed-services offering

Telit has acquired cloud-services company ILS Technology (ILST) in a move that should further strengthen its position as a provider of managed M2M services and lessen its reliance on hardware sales.

The financial terms of the takeover were not disclosed, but Telit (London, UK) said that management, engineering and support staff from ILST (Boca Raton, FL, USA) would be integrated with its own m2mAir services unit, which the company set up last year.

NetComm strikes TData deal to consolidate Australia position

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.

Insight: It's all in the wrist - who has the vision to crack the 'smartwatch'?

Reuters

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 swallows Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion

Reuters

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).

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