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March 1, 2012
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Creating Wireless Connectivity Everywhere

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  • AT&T offers global M2M service, signs deal with energy-storage firm
    AT&T has disclosed a pair of deals related to its burgeoning machine-to-machine business. The carrier says it will offer a global service for connected and M2M devices built around a SIM that works with the carrier's service-management platform to manage device deployment and operations worldwide. The telecom also said that energy-storage provider Ice Energy will use AT&T's M2M tools to help track and maintain its system units. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (2/28), Electronista (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Connected home gets top billing at Mobile World Congress
    AT&T, KT and Vodafone are using a high-tech house at the Mobile World Congress in Spain to demonstrate how connected technologies and devices from companies such as Sony and Qualcomm can be used to improve everyday living. Among the devices featured is a bathroom that checks the user's blood sugar and a door that can be locked and unlocked remotely. "Our thing, really, is connecting everything," said Glenn Lurie, head of AT&T's Emerging Devices business. "If it has current running through it, it should be connected. And when you connect devices, it makes them smarter." YouTube (2/28), The Wall Street Journal/TechEurope blog (2/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Gemalto, Sony team up to expand NFC technology
    Gemalto, a provider of wireless-connectivity solutions, has teamed up with Sony to jointly develop machine-to-machine solutions based on near-field communication. Gemalto says it will incorporate Sony's FeliCa contactless technology -- which is widely used in Asia to enable e-ticketing and to support public transportation -- into its subscriber-identification modules. ConnectedWorldMag.com (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google's Schmidt: Smartphones can bridge the digital divide
    There are about 5 billion people in the world who lack access to the Internet, and Google's Eric Schmidt hopes they all change that someday with an Android smartphone. At the Mobile World Congress in Spain, Schmidt talked up the power of connectivity, urged governments to limit regulations that could stifle technology and said that with 850,000 new Android devices activated daily and handset prices dropping, smartphones could bridge the digital divide. EE Times (2/28), TelecomEngine.com (2/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • AT&T says SON technology will rise this year
    AT&T says it will be the first U.S. carrier to deploy self-optimizing network technology across its network to help relieve the burden on overloaded cell towers by providing them with resources from neighboring sites. "Initial field trial results from California and Georgia have shown as much as a 10% improvement in call retainability, 10% improvement in throughput speeds and 15% reduction in overloading," Chief Technology Officer John Donovan wrote in a blog post Friday about the technology developed by Intucell. Light Reading Mobile (2/24), GigaOm (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • GSMA predicts a boom for mobile through 2015
    The mobile industry will rake in about $1.9 trillion in revenues and employ 10 million people by 2015, according to GSM Association. The GSMA predicts the number of mobile-broadband connections will double as companies collectively pump about $793 billion in capital investment into expanding access and boosting technology. eWeek.com (2/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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