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game changer in connected devices - leroux Spirent & Oasis collaborate on two-click IoT activation

IoT devices connected anywhere globally through joint offering

Two companies - Spirent Communications and Oasis Smart SIM have marked their entry into the connected Internet of Things
[IoT] business by collaborating on a unique two-click device activation and global subscription provisioning  service. This will mean that customers have the freedom to choose whatever cellular service provider they wish worldwide. So it’s a case of a single installation and global activation for IoT connected devices.  Typical applications would be connected products and devices – such as cameras, smart vehicles, logistics and production goods. Continue reading

control tiny, low power sensors - hegenderfer Bluetooth SIG announces architecture to connect billions of devices to the IoT

Supporting toolkit enables developers to create Internet gateways for Bluetooth sensors

Press release

February 10th 2016. The Bluetooth SIG has introduced a new architecture and supporting set of educational tools that enables developers to quickly create Internet gateways for Bluetooth products. Bluetooth gateways allow any Bluetooth sensor to relay data to the cloud and back again. This architecture expands the potential functionality of the Internet of Things (IoT) by giving anyone the ability to monitor and control fixed Bluetooth sensors from a remote location, like turning off your lights while on vacation or unlocking your front door for a pet sitter. Continue reading

smarter products for a connected world - poulsen Spirent & Oasis partner to accelerate IoT connected devices

Collaboration will create unique two-click device activation & global subscription provisioning for Internet of Things’[IoT] connected devices in consumer and enterprise markets

Press release

February 10th 2016. Spirent Communications, the leading provider of device intelligence solutions, and Oasis Smart SIM, a global Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) connectivity and management provider, have announced a strategic partnership aimed at removing connectivity and network provisioning barriers for the rapid development of connected products and devices, such as cameras, smart vehicles, logistics and production goods. Continue reading

Steinthor_Bjarnason Guest Post: IoT security – the collective responsibility

by Steinthor Bjarnason, a network security engineer with Arbor Network
Recent news reports have shown that data security is becoming a big challenge for the IoT [Internet of Things] sector. So here I’d like to discuss the industry’s collective responsibility for addressing this growing problem – and how it has started to affect all [...]

important to ensure interoperability - JaeSeung TTA to host oneM2M Interop 2

Press release – 2nd IoT & M2M interoperability event

February 4th 2016.  oneM2M, the global standards initiative for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT),  has announced it will host its second interoperability event following the success of its inaugural test session last year [2015]. Co-organised by oneM2M‘s founding partners TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute – the body which gave us GSM), oneM2M Interop 2 will give organisations implementing oneM2M standards the opportunity to validate interoperability and check end-to-end functionality via oneM2M interfaces. It is also expected to include a Conformance Testing Tool Demo in order to help companies understand oneM2M conformance testing, which aims to determine to what extent a single implementation of a particular standard conforms to the individual requirements of that standard. Continue reading

ios9_logo iOS9 bricking 1000s of iPhone 6 handsets

Practice is probably a restraint of trade in EU

In what could turn out to be a massive PR disaster for Apple, thousands of iPhone 6 owners have managed to ‘brick’ [render useless] their handsets by opting to installing the latest iOS 9 upgrade. The problem seems to affect those who have had their handset repaired by independent specialists – rather than taking it back to an official Apple retail store. The bricking problem has been labelled the “error 53″ bug and Apple is fully aware of it. Unfortunately, if it is deliberate, then in the EU the practice is probably illegal in EU as a restraint of trade. If not, them the automotive companies could have a field day. Continue reading

valentine_heart Motorola levers Valentine’s Day for watch bundle

Say Hellomoto to your Valentine

Here in Blighty [UK], to help Brits celebrate Valentine’s Day [February 14th], Motorola has devised a special bundle offer for the Moto 360 smartwatch alongside its Moto G (3rd Gen) smartphone. GoMo News suspects that in order to provide an air of exclusivity, the offer is extremely time limited. Starting at 0.00 am on Tuesday 2nd February [2016], this offer ends at 23.59 pm on Friday 5th February. At least this year [2016], we’re not all attending the MWC (Mobile World Congress) which used to take place around February 14th. So even those in the mobile world can save up to £80.00 when both products are purchased together as a bundle. The GoMo Team feels the package is a good way to draw attention to the synergy between Motorola’s wearable offering and its flagship smartphone. For the curious, Motorola is knocking £80 off the Moto 360 and Moto G 3rd Gen bundle with prices starting at £298.00 [regular price £378.00]. Continue reading

Huawei_logo Old guard handset makers shrinking fast

Even Apple isn’t immune says Juniper Research

It seems that the old guard manufacturers of smartphones – such as Microsoft (aka Nokia)’ BlackBerry (RIM); Sony (Sony Ericsson); and HTC are seeing their handset shipments shrinking fast. The beneficiaries are mainly Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. But, according to market watchers – Juniper Research, even Apple isn’t immune to this trend. Apple posted its slowest ever YoY [Year on Year]  iPhone growth – reporting a 0.4 per cent YoY growth in iPhone shipments for Q4 2015. Apple did make record profits, though. Oh. And the USA is partly responsible for the slow down. Continue reading

Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

caterpillar - new name in 2015 18000+ distinct Android phones exist says Spirent

At least 12 different Android OS  versions are in use

The number of distinct Android devices in use globally passed the 18,000 benchmark for the first time in 2015. That’s according to the latest Device Intelligence report covering The year 2015 from the device intelligence business unit of Spirent Communications. Devices from eight new mobile phone manufacturers were also added for the first time. The list includes Acer, Asus, Caterpillar, Microsoft, OPPO, SKY, Tecmobile and XOX. Additionally, the company claims that it has saved the telecoms industry some $17.5m in customer care costs. Continue reading

lockwood - starting with iOS first Bundle aims to crack local advertising

News aggregation app coming to a city near you soon

Initially, the GoMo News team thought that a new app to be released next month [February 2016] by Bundle would bomb through failure to differentiate itself. Significantly, however, the GoMo News team learnt something different when talking to Kelvin Lockwood, CEO with Bundle, about the product. He reckons that local advertising is still thriving but the major spend is still on print. What drives people to these papers is a thirst for local news. So his company has developed an app that aggregates news from a variety of different sources – including local newspapers.  The result should be a platform that will be able to attract local advertising. Currently, it is just a small matter of fine tuning the selection of stories which the app picks. Continue reading

- o'shead IoT antennae come back to USA courtesy of Taoglas

IOTx design centre is complete with 2 anechoic chambers & team of engineers

What is claimed to be a unique facility for North American wireless device manufacturers and mobile network operators [MNOs] has just opened up in San Diego, California. Taoglas‘ IoTx facility brings back to the USA the manufacturing of small runs of antennas. Hence M2M and IoT module manufacturers can now source, build and test products quickly in the States – thus saving money and speeding time to market. The Taoglas IoTx Centre is unusual because such facilities are usually private. Continue reading

Noel_braterman Brit firms throwing out PABXs for mobile app

Pink Telephone company seeking more resellers

Over 400 SMEs in the UK are already installing an app – App2Chat, which effectively enables them to throw away an existing switchboard (PABX) an use their mobile phones instead. Developed by RIPTec, the product is now being distributed by  the Pink Telephone Company in London [UK]. It could, of course, be used anywhere in the world with GSM networks. Only launched back in December [2015] at The Business Show in London, The Pink Telephone expects to have a 2,000 SME business user base by October [2016]. The firm is actively seeking resellers to up-sell App2Chat to their SME customers and expects to sign up 20 by the end of January [2016]. Continue reading

ee_shop EE online store fails to impress

Could even help to damage the BT brand

Here at GoMo Towers, the team firmly believes that UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, desperately needs to shake up operations at its online accessories store. products on offer are not only significantly overpriced but delivery times can only be described as “slow”. The crucial point here is that EE will very soon become part of the BT (formerly British telecommunications) empire. It is rumoured that BT favoured EE over O2 because fhe former had a stronger High Street presence. But a service such as this (shop.ee.co.uk) can only serve to damage the brand rather than enhance it. Admittedly, GoMo is comparing it to just one rival service. But that service just happens to be massive market leader, Amazon. Continue reading

Margrethe Vestager As BT gets away with it, 3UK faces restrictions on O2 deal

Dominant broadband player buys 2 MNOs but smallest stifled

GoMo News readers with long memories will recall how the EU used to blame the large numbers of MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] in each member state for the lack of swift 4G rollout. Now, it seems, our non-elected masters will seek major concessions from the UK’s smallest MNO – Three [3UK] if it is to succeed in buying rival operator – O2. Reports suggest that European Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager,will demand major concessions over spectrum held by a possibly combined O2 and 3UK. The irony here is that 3UK had to wait absolutely ages before T-Mobile would release spectrum to it – required as part of the merger between the Orange and T-Mobile networks now forming EE. Continue reading