BlackBerry shares rise on interest from strategic buyers


Shares of BlackBerry Ltd rose more than 4 percent in trading before the bell on Monday, following news of interest from strategic buyers in the embattled smartphone company and an analyst upgrade on the company's stock.

Shares in the company rose above the $8 mark after a Reuters report on Friday that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is in talks with Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA, USA), Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) and SAP (Walldorf, Germany) about selling them all or parts of itself.

NEC and Maestro to combine M2M expertise

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 becomes newest Ericsson M2M customer

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).

Accenture joins Weightless board of directors

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.

4G networks to handle more data than 3G by 2016: ABI Research

4G networks are set to handle more data traffic than 3G ones by 2016, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Although 4G infrastructure supported just 2.9% of all mobile subscriptions at the end of June 2013, it is on course to account for more than 20% of all mobile data traffic by the end of this year, according to ABI Research.

The market-research company also predicts that 4G networks will account for two thirds of all data by 2018.

Aggressive 4G deployment and the falling price of 4G smartphones and tablets are the main drivers of this development.

Sierra Wireless launches M2M exchange, partner program

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.

Aeris Communications launches cloud M2M platform

Expanding its role in the M2M value chain, Aeris Communications has launched a cloud-based platform providing data management and analytics functionality for M2M applications.

The company, which operates a CDMA-based network exclusively for M2M services, says the launch of AerCloud will expand its product line-up all the way from the network through to the applications.

The platform is aimed at helping application developers to collect and store data, mine it for insights and then allow it to be used in applications and by third parties.

Sprint responds to rivals with launch of device-upgrade plan

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.

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.

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