location

Snapchat might be a real business after all

Just as we were thinking Snapchat was a one trick pony, it’s started releasing features which hint at a viable business model. The latest update to hit the phones, a location feature, could begin to muscle in on Google’s mapping dominance.

JDSU wins optimisation deal with Belgacom

Network optimisation specialist JDSU has won a deal with Belgian incumbent Belgacom that will see the operator deploy JDSU’s ariesoGEO location-enabled optimisation solution in its 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The product uses data from a range of user-focused network events cross-referenced with the event location to build a geographical picture of real-time network performance.

UK firm pitches alternative GPS

UK-based defence firm BAE Systems has introduced a location fixing technology designed to make GPS more accurate, or replace the ageing satellite system altogether in cases where a signal is unobtainable.

Motorola snaps up location services firm

US vendor Motorola on Thursday announced that it has acquired a privately held developer of location based software (LBS) known as Aloqa, which has offices in Germany and California.

O2 and Telmap join forces in navigation deal

UK carrier O2 announced on Monday that it has struck a deal with mobile navigation specialist Telmap which will see that firm’s personal navigation and mapping service deployed on the majority of GPS-enabled handsets sold by the operator.

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