TeliaSonera said it will become the world's first operator to launch a cloud-based connected car service with a new smartphone-centred function that is due to launch in Sweden in 2016.
France-based Sigfox is expanding into Ireland as the Internet of Things (IoT) specialist further ramps up its global rollout plans.
Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 per cent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
A new report from the In-Vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics has found that overall consumer interest for in-vehicle telematics services has rebounded after levelling-off in 2014.
Vodafone, Telecom Italia and Etisalat committed to opening six Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) open laboratories as part of their involvement in a new industry forum focussed on promoting the development of the technology.
Nokia's HERE division revealed it is powering a range of connected car features for Volvo Cars under a multi-year agreement signed earlier this year.
Cubic Telecom, a global connectivity provider, said it has launched Europe's largest independent LTE platform for machine-to-machine (M2M) and connected car services through deals with operators including EE, EIR, Mobistar, Orange, Salt, Tele2 and TIM.
Nokia Networks struck a $1 billion (€908 million) deal with China Mobile covering the supply of TD-LTE infrastructure, and separately announced it achieved a transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps during a 5G demonstration with SK Telecom.
Deutsche Telekom partnered with Huawei to demonstrate what it said is the first field implementation of narrow band Internet of Things (IoT) technology on a commercial network in Europe.
Connected cars are one of the fastest growing segments of the broader machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors. Network operators and in-car telematics hardware producers are increasingly cashing in on a market that SNS Research forecasts could generate revenues of $40 billion (€36.2 billion) by 2020.