The Global M2M Association (GMA) has signed up two new members in the form of Japan’s SoftBank and Canada’s Bell, increasing overall membership of the organization to six operators in different parts of the world.
The addition of SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) and Bell (Montreal, Canada) gives the GMA its first members with headquarters outside Europe and comes just five months after Telecom Italia became its fourth member.
The number of M2M connections worldwide is set to rise from 368 million in 2013 to 2.9 billion by 2022, according to new research from Strategy Analytics.
The market-research company also expects 3G or even faster networks to account for 78% of all M2M connections by the end of the forecast period.
M2M growth is being driven by a number of factors, says Strategy Analytics, including M2M platform evolution, application and analytics developments, regulation and the creation of new business opportunities.
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.
Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday its Galaxy Gear has become the world's most popular smartwatch with sales reaching 800,000 since its debut two months ago, defying some market concerns the accessory would fail due to a lack of compelling features.
The South Korean firm said Gear sales have been better than its own expectations and it would expand sales promotions for the wearable device for the crucial year-end holiday sales.
The global M2M market faces a number of macroeconomic and technical challenges, with consolidation and the “vetting” of business models set to affect the industry over the next three years, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
“The mobile M2M module segment of the M2M market scaled to new heights in 2012 and then again in the first half of 2013, but as with any evolving industry this is happening amidst a dynamic and at times challenging environment,” said Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and connected world at Infonetics.
Module maker Novatel Wireless has flagged a substantial increase in revenues and narrowing of its net loss for the three months ending September thanks to good progress at both its mobile computing and M2M businesses.
The company said revenue rose by 30.5%, to $92.7 million, compared with the same period last year, while net losses narrowed to $5.1 million from $32 million in the same period of 2012.
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has announced a €546 million ($731 million) takeover of GTS Central Europe aimed at allowing it to provide fixed-line services in parts of central Europe where it is currently a ‘mobile-only’ player.
The German incumbent said the takeover would also allow it to provide cross-border services to business customers – addressing an important pillar of its strategy for European regeneration.
Deutsche Telekom said it would launch a secure internet service next year for smaller companies that find it hard to pay for defenses against sophisticated forms of cyber crime.
The firm presented the plan at a cyber security conference at its Bonn headquarters as a diplomatic row rages between the United States and Europe over spying accusations.
Last month Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) urged German communications companies to cooperate in shielding local internet traffic from foreign intelligence services.
M2M modem and gateways provider Multi-Tech Systems has appointed Rodney Landers its new chief executive.
Landers has served as an advisory member on the company’s board of directors since August and is credited with having an “extensive track record of success” in the tech industry.
In 2005, he founded Spectrum Design Solutions, which was purchased by Digi International (Minnetonka, MN, USA) three years later for the sum of $10 million, and is said to enjoy business relationships with some of the industry’s most important players.
Network management and security specialist Mako Networks has teamed up with Sprint to provide services for the operator’s mobile customers.
According to the company’s statement, the deal will see Mako’s (Auckland, New Zealand) technology added to Sprint’s (Overland Park, KS, USA) portfolio of services for retailers and distributed enterprises.