Thailand's dtac becomes Ericsson's latest M2M customer

Thailand’s dtac TriNet has become the latest customer of Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform as it looks to expand its role in the country’s growing M2M market.

The operator – a subsidiary of Thailand’s dtac (Bangkok), itself owned by Norway’s Telenor (Fornebu) – says the deal will give it everything needed to deploy, manage and monetize millions of M2M and consumer electronics devices.

Asiatelco and Cluster to combine M2M products

Asiatelco Technologies and Cluster Wireless are to combine their M2M offerings in a bid to provide enhanced, lower-cost services to their business customers.

The deal will see Asiatelco (Shanghai, China) use middleware and software tools developed by Cluster (San Diego, CA, USA) in its range of wireless data access products, which include modules, data terminal units and customized M2M devices.

The tie-up is aimed at bringing “greater enterprise intelligence” to M2M devices and at lowering the cost of deploying M2M services.

O2, Virgin Media sign 4G backhaul deal

Telefonica O2 preparations for the summer launch of 4G have received a boost from a deal to use Virgin Media’s high-speed fiber-optic network to support the service.

The two operators have concluded a ten-year agreement that will see Virgin Media Business connect O2’s base stations to its fiber network using a high-capacity Ethernet service.

Virgin Media (Hook, UK) claims each link will provide a 1Gbps connection between cell site and the aggregation network.

Nokia Siemens and CDNetworks partner on content delivery

Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDNetworks, a provider of web services, that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of a new content delivery service for mobile broadband operators.

The two companies are to work on improving an existing service from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) called Liquid Applications, which allows operators to tailor content and applications depending on a customer’s service preferences and usage profile.

Three UK strikes M2M deal with Mobius

The UK’s Three has made further progress on growing its M2M business through a new wholesale deal with data airtime provider Mobius.

Under the partnership, Mobius (Coalville, UK) will use Three Wholesale’s network to provide connectivity and NFC services for devices used in the retail and hospitality industry.

The operator says its “ultrafast” network will power NFC and contactless payment terminals used to process customer orders and transactions and also serve as a back-up for fixed-line data connections during outages.

Atos and Renault ramp up connected cars offering

Electronic payments specialist Atos Worldline says it is to provide a range of secure shopping services over the R-Link multimedia system used in Renault vehicles.

Under a new arrangement between the two companies, Atos (Bezons, France) will deploy services on Renault’s R-Link cloud services platform, using Orange Business Services (Paris, France) as a connectivity provider.

Augmented reality to be significant IoT enabler: ABI Research

Developers will invest as much as $2.5 billion in augmented reality (AR) applications in 2018, compared with just $670 million this year, as AR becomes a significant enabler for the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics.

Such is the finding of a new study from ABI Research, which reckons AR will become a more everyday part of mobile experiences over the next few years, especially in the domain of retail and marketing.

The study’s authors point to cloud computing, however, as the most imminent growth driver for AR.

Japan's DoCoMo holds out to iPhone mania, but at what cost?

Reuters

NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan's largest mobile provider and a pioneer of the mobile Internet, is one of just a few holdouts among the world's big mobile carriers not offering Apple Inc's iPhone to its 60 million customers.

It is paying heavily for that obstinacy - with a net 3.2 million users jumping ship to its two domestic rivals over the last 4-1/2 years - but is determined to protect the walled garden of services it has built around its own smartphones.

Analysis: Investors buy into software-defined networks, will customers follow?

Reuters

As Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East coast last year, companies with data centers in its path needed another location fast. But moving computer servers is tricky, and usually planned over days or weeks.

Enter a new technology: software-defined networking, or SDN. Such urgent data moves could now be done within a few hours.

Investors, including some of the world's biggest technology companies, are buying into the start-ups behind SDN, a technology that allows users to substitute some of the most complex hardware functions in server switches with software.

Wyless courts app developers with ClearConnex, Symmetry

M2M managed services provider Wyless has become the latest M2M player to court application developers with its launch of a development kit in partnership with ClearConnex, an M2M device engineering company, and components distributor Symmetry.

The companies claim their Telit-based M2M Quickstart Developer Kit will accelerate the development, testing and deployment of M2M applications by providing “everything an M2M device developer requires to accelerate their time to market”.

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