Sprint Nextel's announcement last week that it had inked a deal with module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network caught my attention for a few reasons, mainly because it's clearly designed at winning away machine-to-machine business from AT&T Mobility, which plans on shutting down its 2G network by 2017. I think Sprint can steal some of this business, and even though the customers and connections are low-bandwidth and provide low average revenue per user.
AT&T Mobility today officially launched its long-awaited Digital Life home security and automation service, an effort aimed at growing its business beyond smartphones. The carrier's base home security service will start at $30 per month.
Sprint Nextel inked a deal with cellular module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network. Sprint is seeking to cash in on the machine-to-machine market as AT&T Mobility and others shut down their 2G networks in the years ahead.
AT&T Mobility missed its planned March launch of its Digital Life home automation service, and the company is staying mum on when it will roll out the service and why the launch was delayed.
AT&T Mobility said it will effectively double the number of markets where it will initially launch its Digital Life home automation service from eight to 15. However, the company has not named the markets or said when exactly the service will begin.
In the next few years, there will be the beginning of a price war in the family shared data plan market between U.S. carriers. To stay ahead, we are likely to see the carriers embrace truly flexible and affordable shared data plans in the U.S for smartphones, tablets and next-gen connected devices alike.
While vehicle safely and security mandates in Europe, Russia and Brazil are moving forward, OEM and aftermarket safety and security telematics continue to see solid growth with the number of users to rise from 72 million at year-end to more than 300 million in 2018, according to ABI Research.
BARCELONA, Spain--Just days after General Motors inked a major agreement with AT&T Mobility to install LTE modems into all its cars starting in 2014, rival automaker Ford restated its general opposition to embedded wireless modems in its cars. Ford instead believes users should connect their cars to the network through their existing smartphone.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm is in discussions with multiple home appliance makers about its AllJoyn wireless proximal networking software project, and hopes by mid-year to announce partners, according to a Qualcomm executive.
BARCELONA, Spain--M2M modem maker Sierra Wireless said it no longer is selling 2G modems in the U.S. market for long-term M2M applications. The company said that since major U.S. wireless carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless are planning to turn off their 2G networks sometime in the next 10 years, most M2M companies planning long-term deployments are opting for LTE network connections to ensure those connections will continue to work in the next decade.