Networked Globe briefing – 26 February 2014

With the Mobile World Congress past its mid-point the pace of telco announcements have slowed, however there’s still plenty of news with Indonesia’s Telkomsel launching an IoT cloud service, big data analytics and Chinese hot spot products being rolled out.

To follow up on yesterday’s announcement that Facebook and Ericsson would be collaborating on an innovation lab; MWC hosts, the GSMA, unveiled their intentions with the partnership next year.

GSMA and Facebook join forces on Internet access

The GSMA and Facebook announced a joint initiative through the partnership to reduce the total cost of ownership of mobile services in emerging markets.

“While there are nearly 7 billion mobile connections worldwide, there are only 3.4 billion people that currently have mobile phones,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “Mobile will offer many around the world, particularly in emerging markets, their only access to the Internet and the information and communications services it enables. Connecting the next billion is a major goal of the GSMA and we are pleased to be working with Facebook and to make this a reality.”

The GSMA and Facebook will work with with governments in developing markets to address affordability, availability issues and other factors that discourage the adoption of mobile technologies.

Visteon partners with Autonet Mobile for connected car services

Automotive electronics vendor Visteon Corporation and Internet-based telematics and apps service provider Autonet Mobile have entered into an exclusive agreement to integrate Autonet’s telematics technology into Visteon’s next-generation products for global vehicle manufacturers.

Visteon and Autonet Mobile will provide vehicle manufacturers an end-to-end software and app platform designed to integrate with vehicle electrical architectures and networks.

Autonet Mobile’s product enables the vehicle to connect to mobile devices, machine-to-machine (M2M), vehicle-to-anything (V2X) and the Internet of Things. Visteon expects to begin manufacturing for various vehicle manufacturers in the second half of 2014.

Indonesia’s Telkomsel goes onto the IoT cloud

Cloud IoT software vendor Axeda Corporation has been selected by Indonesian telco Telkomsel, the largest mobile operator in Indonesia and sixth largest globally, as providers of a customer platform to deliver machine to machine services in the rapidly-growing Indonesian market.

Axeda’s Machine Cloud  is designed to help Mobile Network operators (MNOs) to collect and manage machine data as well as build and deliver IoT applications quickly with minimal upfront infrastructure investments.

David Canavan, EVP of business development at Axeda said: “Telkomsel will be able to offer their enterprise and SMB customers a solution for connecting, building, and managing connected products and assets while also providing their developer community with access to an IoT platform to rapidly innovate.”

Amdocs optimises big data analytics

Customer experience company Amdocs announced the availability of TeraScale, a carrier-grade, big data platform designed to cost-efficiently store, manage and extract real-time charging usage data for analytical use cases.

The company’s new product uses big data storage technologies based on the Hadoop ecosystem, and enables deep and rapid real-time analytics through usage data modeling allowing service providers to explore and visualize usage data using optimized usage queries.

Broadcom teams with Datang Mobile

Chinese telco Datang Mobile has selected Broadcom’s dual-mode small cell system-on-chip (SoC) product to develop a new family of enterprise and residential small cell solutions to meet growing demand for high-performance data services in China.

With the rapid development of Chinese mobile technology and growing requirements on voice and video media services, subscribers now require better coverage and higher-capacity mobile networks. The collaboration between DTM and Broadcom will give Datang a smooth migration path from 3G to 4G services.

“As Chinese consumers demand for continuous and high quality coverage that supports voice, video and data continues to rise at a dramatic rate, mobile operators are seeking a low-cost, easy to deploy solution,” said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Vice President and General Manager for Broadband Carrier Access. “By leveraging our small cell SoCs, leading cellular vendors such as Datang Mobile can quickly and cost-effectively develop small cell solutions that address these increasing capacity demands.”

Samsung to deploy secure apps

Secure mobility service provider Good Technology has announced a strategic partnership with Samsung that will provide the enterprise with a mobile security solution for the vendor’s mobile devices. This solution combines the Good secure container and Good-secured apps with Samsung KNOX hardware and OS security.

Combining KNOX and Good technologies offers users a higher level of data protection and app security for Android devices. Good and Samsung will introduce the “Good Secure Domain” on KNOX in the second half of 2014.

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Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.