China has overtaken the US to become the world’s largest market for cellular M2M connections, according to recent research from Informa.
In a blog post, Jamie Moss, an analyst with Informa, said the organization’s Cellular M2M Tracker showed that China Mobile added another 5.5 million M2M connections in the second half of 2012, propelling China ahead of the US on this measure.
According to Moss, the growth reported by China Mobile was roughly the same number of connections the UK had in total at the end of 2012.
Chinese equipment maker ZTE has reported a 23% increase in net profit for the first half of the year, to RMB302 million ($49.2 million), even though revenues slid by 11.6%, to RMB37.7 billion.
In a statement, the company blamed the revenues slippage on a decline in revenue from GSM and UMTS products in China as well as poor sales of GSM handsets and data cards both at home and abroad.
Japanese electronics company NEC Corp's talks with Lenovo Group Ltd over a mobile phone venture have stalled due to disagreements over majority ownership and patents, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The Nikkei business newspaper reported that NEC (Tokyo, Japan) planned to exit its loss-making smartphone business after a mobile phone deal with Lenovo (Beijing, China), already a partner in the personal computer business, failed to materialize.
Asiatelco Technologies and Cluster Wireless are to combine their M2M offerings in a bid to provide enhanced, lower-cost services to their business customers.
The deal will see Asiatelco (Shanghai, China) use middleware and software tools developed by Cluster (San Diego, CA, USA) in its range of wireless data access products, which include modules, data terminal units and customized M2M devices.
The tie-up is aimed at bringing “greater enterprise intelligence” to M2M devices and at lowering the cost of deploying M2M services.
Talks between China and the United States on cyber security, overshadowed by revelations of U.S. electronic surveillance by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, have gone well, state media said on Wednesday, with both sides pledging to improve cooperation.
Cyber security is one of the main topics for high-level talks this week between the world's two largest economies, as both countries trade accusations about hacking attacks on each other.
China's ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest smartphone maker, is aggressively moving into the higher end of the market for mobile gadgets with more 4G shipments.
The Shenzhen-based company has been trying to move away from selling lower end mobile phones, a strategy that has served it well in boosting its global market share, but at the expense of pressuring margins and profitability.
It plans to further raise its global profile by sponsoring a U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) team later this year, executives said.
The healthcare market for machine-to-machine technology is finally poised to show the kind of growth that experts have predicted for years. Case studies are showing the efficiencies that can be gained from machine diagnostics to medical records keeping, but hurdles remain, including ongoing regulatory issues and a possible investment slowdown.
China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd should not have been allowed to become embedded in Britain's critical communications network infrastructure without the knowledge and scrutiny of ministers, lawmakers said on Thursday.
China's Huawei Technologies Co's Middle East revenue rose 18 percent to $2.08 billion in 2012 and the roll-out of 4G mobile networks and IT outsourcing will be among its main regional growth drivers, the firm said.
The world's second-largest telecom equipment maker also expects Middle East telecom operators to prioritize improving network efficiency, Shi Yaohong, president of Huawei Middle East, told Reuters in an email.
Chinese manufacturing giant Huawei has teamed up with technology distributor Embedded Works in the M2M market, aiming to “simplify and shorten” the deployment of M2M services for its customers.
Announced at the CTIA Wireless Show being held this week in Las Vegas, the deal will see Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and Embedded Works (Santa Clara, CA, USA) collaborate to provide customers with embedded modules plus related wireless components and network services.