Small-cell backhaul poised for takeoff in 2014: Infonetics Research

The market for small-cell backhaul in outdoor settings is poised for rampant growth next year, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.

Operators are increasingly looking to small-cell technology to plug gaps in existing coverage and boost the capability of their networks.

Pressure on current investments is growing as consumers rush to adopt new smartphones and other devices that can be used to access high-speed internet services.

Operators urged to stop subsidizing devices by ABI Research

Mobile operators need to give up their habit of subsidizing mobile devices, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The report claims that operators are not reaping any return on the investments they are making to lure customers on to more expensive smartphone tariffs.

Indeed, according to ABI, the over-the-top providers are the ones that are benefiting from operators’ largesse as they take revenue share.

AT&T to scrap single-device tariffs for new customers

Mobile consumers taking a service from AT&T will soon find they have no option but to choose a so-called “shared data” plan, allowing them to connect a number of devices on a single monthly tariff.

The US operator is taking the radical step of phasing out other plans in what it describes as a response to current consumer preferences.

“In less than a year, our postpaid customers have connected more than 13 million devices via Mobile Share plans – and the number continues to grow daily,” said the operator in a blog post on its website.

AT&T joins new M2M trade group

Leading US operator AT&T has thrown its considerable weight behind a new trade organization set up to foster the growth of M2M technology.

The operator has been unveiled as the newest member of the International M2M Council (IMC), which was formed earlier this year by a group of high-profile companies involved in the M2M industry.

Sierra Wireless to pay $5.9 million for AnyDATA assets

M2M player Sierra Wireless has announced a $5.9 million takeover of AnyDATA’s embedded modules business as it looks to strengthen its grip on the cellular market and boost its position in South Korea.

The assets are to be integrated with the Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) OEM Solutions product portfolio, with 16 sales and engineering staff from AnyDATA’s (Irvine, CA, USA) South Korean subsidiary transferring to Seoul premises recently opened by Sierra Wireless.

The companies expect the deal to close sometime this month.

AT&T and General Electric form M2M partnership

AT&T has revealed it will supply network services and M2M expertise to support General Electric’s push into the market for so-called “Industrial Internet” solutions.

The deal represents a massive opportunity for AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) given the size of General Electric (Fairfield, CT, USA), which generated revenues of about $150 billion last financial year, and the importance it has recently attached to M2M.

In late 2012, the company unveiled plans to begin using M2M technology in its wide range of industrial products.

Orbcomm, Savi to collaborate on location-based monitoring

Satellite company Orbcomm has teamed up with sensors specialist Savi Technology to develop new location-based monitoring services for government and commercial markets.

The two companies have already submitted a proposal to the US Army to develop RFID tags and satellite solutions for military logistics support.

IoT spending to hit $8.9 trillion in 2020, says IDC

Spending on “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology and services is set to generate global revenues of $8.9 trillion in 2020, up from $4.8 trillion in 2012, according to new research from IDC.

“The momentum of the Internet of Things is driven by a number of factors,” said Vernon Turner, senior vice president of IDC's enterprise infrastructure, consumer, network telecoms and sustainability research. “There is no doubt that business and consumer demand exists and will continue to expand for IoT solutions. I expect the current IoT use cases are just the tip of the iceberg.”

Ofcom white space trials to spur M2M development

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom says BT, Google and Microsoft are among the companies to have registered interest in participating in trials of so-called “white space” technology, which could provide a major spur to the development of M2M services.

Ofcom says approximately 20 companies will be chosen to test a wide range of applications based on white space technology, which uses unlicensed spectrum freed up by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

Option recruits 12 European partners for CloudGate

M2M gateway provider Option has reported major progress on the partnership front, announcing that 12 M2M providers in Europe are to use its CloudGate product in their service offerings.

The company already sells CloudGate in the US but has developed a new version catering to the needs of the European market in areas including digital signage, surveillance, and heat and temperature sensing.

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