Verizon Wireless and USAT partner to deliver cashless payment, M2M solutions

Verizon Wireless and USA Technologies, Inc. announced in April a collaboration that further accelerates the adoption of wireless cash payment services and machine-to-machine applications via USA Technologies' patented ePort Connect Service. USA Technologies solution will now include the Verizon Wireless network for connectivity that enables wireless point-of-sale payments at vending machines via credit and debit cards.

TM Forum Catalyst explores monetization and assurance of cloud computing services for service providers

Comptel Corporation, vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, today announced a second phase of its Enhanced Cloud Service Management Catalyst initiative that will explore how communications service providers (CSPs) can develop, monetize and assure a portfolio of innovative and unique cloud computing-based services like hosted video conferencing.

Mobey Forum membership increases as industry gets serious about mobile payments

Increased industry interest in mobile payments has resulted in membership numbers continuing to rise at Mobey Forum. The not-for-profit global leader in defining a sustainable and prosperous mobile financial services ecosystem has welcomed six new members since the beginning of the year.
 

Bridgewave expands international presence with new distribution partners

Partnerships support international adoption of millimeter wave (60 - 80 GHz) spectrum

4G millimeter wave backhaul solutions supplier BridgeWave Communications Tuesday announced the international expansion of the company's presence and expertise with the addition of several new partners across Western Europe and the Middle East, specifically in France, Germany, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

FiberTower receives termination notice from Clearwire

Wireless backhaul services provider FiberTower Corporation announced last week that it received its second early termination notice from Clearwire to discontinue service effective April 30, 2011, representing approximately $434,000 in monthly service revenue.

Upon termination of these services, the customer's early termination charges are expected to be approximately $1.9 million payable immediately.

Payment of the early termination charges of approximately $1.5 million associated with service terminated in February has been received by the company.

South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.

The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.

Myriad launches mobile social networking services with Telefonica in Latin America

Myriad Group AG last week announced Telefónica Movistar has launched Myriad Social Network Services, marking the first phase of Myriad's 5-year partnership with Telefónica to provide social networking to its 13 mobile operations across Latin America. 



As part of the commercial launch, Telefónica Movistar customers can now, for the first time, quickly access their social networks, viewing all their friends' latest messages while updating their own status across all of their social network communities simultaneously via one mobile screen.
 

Telit launches worldwide smallest 2G module with integrated A-GPS receiver

M2M specialist adds GPS functionality to established GE864 family

M2M specialist Telit Wireless Solutions last week announced the release of the GE864-GPS. The new quad band module is the smallest, and most efficient GSM/GPRS M2M module on the market with embedded GPS receiver in a compact BGA form factor, according to Telit's press release. The combined solution is especially suited for highly integrated positioning solutions in automotive, tracking or security applications requiring 2G network connectivity in a very small footprint.

Multi-Tech and Sprint to offer data plan with developer's kits for M2M development

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications solutions provider Multi-Tech Systems today announced a partnership with Sprint to offer a 90 day data plan with its Cellular Development Platform (CDP), an all-in-one hardware and OpenEmbedded Linux development environment. This is intended to simplify the development process while significantly reducing costs and time to market. For a limited time, the Sprint models of the Multi-Tech CDP Developer Kits are available for $299 and include 90 days of Sprint network access.

Monetizing mobile video with policy control

Mobile video offers opportunities for operators to earn new revenue, but strains network bandwidth. Learn how policy control or policy and charging rules function (PCRF) is being used to help operators deliver mobile video effectively.