Category: M2M


MTN kickstarts IoT in Africa with ZTE

African operator MTN has announced the launch of an IoT platform alongside Chinese kit vendor ZTE. The platform is already live in South Africa, with plans to extend it through the continent under way.

Telefónica unveils standalone IoT smart buttons

The R&D division of Spanish telco Telefónica – I+D – has launched a new line of ‘smart buttons’ that enable IoT functionality without the need for an accompanying connected device.

4x cellular IoT connection growth forecasted by 2019

IT analyst firm 451 Research has forecasted the growth of cellular network-based connections for IoT-devices as anticipation surrounding the tech continues to grow. It also reckons wearable tech as a major enterprise tool will become reality in the next 12 months.

Can the Internet of Things save Edna?

In what’s been coined the year of wearable technology, the provision of empowering and intuitive monitoring is something that will increasingly play a part in both our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

Former Qualcomm exec Rob Chandhok introduces Helium IoT venture

Rob Chandhok is a familiar figure to many who have been covering the mobile sector in recent years, having been a senior exec at mobile chip giant Qualcomm and one of the few allowed to speak to the press. But last December he decided it was time to move on and joined IoT startup Helium.

Amazon launches improbable IoT button

Despite today’s date all the signs are this is a genuine story. E-commerce giant Amazon has made its latest move to do to FMCGs what it already has to consumer durables by introducing a physical button that is used for one-click ordering of consumables such as washing powder and printer ink.

IBM to spend $3 billion on new IoT business unit

IBM announced it plans to spend up to £2bn over the next four years to consolidate and revamp its Internet of Things technologies and services into a standalone business unit, reports Business Cloud News. The move seems aimed at broadening its appeal beyond proto-IoT segments it traditionally caters to.

White space spectrum gets coexistence standard

Standards body the IEEE this week released documentation on TV white space coexistence methods. Specifically, the IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to play to the cognitive radio capabilities of TV white space devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases.