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).

Big data critical to M2M consumerization: Heavy Reading

Big data is going to be critical to the consumerization of M2M, according to new research from Heavy Reading.

In a blog post on its website, the analyst company says that enterprises will have to turn themselves into value-added players if they are to make the most of the M2M opportunity, and that their ability to manage data securely will be a crucial factor.

Enterprises will also have to be capable of turning the data they gather into “relevant information based on business rules”.

More than 1,000 LTE device models, 200 networks now in use: GSA

More than 1,000 device models from over 100 manufacturers have now been developed for use on 4G LTE networks, according to the latest research from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

In its latest industry status report, the GSA says a total of 1,064 LTE device models from 111 manufacturers are now available, noting a recent acceleration of activity in this area.

Indeed, since July 2011, some 647 new device models have been announced, according to the GSA, with the number of manufacturers growing by 66% over that period.

BlackBerry eyes spinoff of messaging service: WSJ

Reuters

BlackBerry Ltd is considering spinning off its messaging service into a separate unit, the Wall Street Journal said on Tuesday, quoting people familiar with the matter.

The subsidiary would be called BBM Inc, the newspaper said.

A BlackBerry (Waterloo, Canada) spokeswoman told Reuters the company cannot comment on rumor and speculation.

Cellular M2M revenues to grow at 20.3% CAGR to 2017: Yankee Group

Cellular M2M revenues are set to grow at a compound annual rate of 20.3% between 2013 and 2017, according to new research from Yankee Group.

The market-research company expects connectivity revenues from M2M services provided by cellular operators to rise from $5 billion in 2013 to $10.6 billion in 2017.

The growth rate compares with predictions of an 8.8% increase in mobile data revenues over the same period, and a 3.3% decline in revenues from mobile voice services.

ARM buys Sensinode in M2M push

Semiconductor designer ARM has announced a takeover of software company Sensinode in a move aimed at strengthening its position in the M2M market.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but ARM (Cambridge, UK) appears eager to include Sensinode’s (Oulu, Finland) NanoStack and NanoService products in its mbed project – whose purpose is to “deliver fundamental open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices”.

Axeda appoints new boss, receives $12 million in funding

Axeda has said Todd DeSisto is to become its new chief executive and received a fresh injection of funding totaling $12 million.

The company – which develops cloud-based software and services for M2M applications – is promoting DeSisto from his current position as chief financial and operating officer.

Before joining Axeda (Foxboro, MA, USA), DeSisto worked for a variety of companies in the telecoms industry and he boasts more than 20 years of leadership experience.

Vodafone to provide M2M connectivity for HybridPayTech

Mobile payments specialist HybridPayTech says it has chosen Vodafone’s M2M platform to provide connectivity for its service.

A subsidiary of Freeport Capital (Montreal, Canada), HybridPayTech claims to offer the world’s first completely secure, end-to-end mobile payment service that can process both credit and debit card transactions.

Half of mobile customers in emerging markets to own smartphones by 2017

Nearly half of all mobile-phone customers in emerging markets will be using smartphones by 2017, compared with just a fifth today, according to new research from Ovum.

The market-research company says demand for mobile internet services in urban areas of emerging markets will drive the adoption of some two billion smartphones by 2017.

Encouraging that development is the lack of fixed internet infrastructure in many emerging-market countries, as well as the growing purchasing power of consumers living in urban areas.

New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer

Reuters

The stars may be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple Inc and China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market.

Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) is expected to unveil its redesigned iPhone next month and may also release a cheaper, emerging market smartphone.

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