Orange Cameroon to launch connected health service

Mobile operator Orange Cameroon is set to launch what it describes as a “preventive medical service” in collaboration with the country’s Ministry for Health.

The operator – a subsidiary of France’s telecoms incumbent Orange (Paris) – says the My Healthline service has been developed by its Orange Healthcare division and will provide remote medical advice in real time.

It is due to be released in April, and the operator plans to expand it to other sub-Saharan markets in Africa in future.

Switzerland's u-blox flags earnings growth on IoT demand

M2M hardware player u-blox has reported strong growth in revenue and profits last year on the back of rising demand for Internet of Things technologies.

The Swiss company said that net profit rose by 44.3%, to CHF24.6 million ($27.94 million), between 2012 and 2013, while revenues grew by 27%, to CHF219.8 million, over the same period.

u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) flagged major improvements in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions, but noted a loss of business in the Americas, where “several large US customers chose to outsource manufacturing to Asia”.

TeliaSonera pilots M2M services with PostNord

Swedish telecoms incumbent TeliaSonera says it will support M2M connectivity in vans operated by mail-delivery company PostNord, with the aim of developing new fleet-management services based on the experience.

The pilot wills see TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) install its M2M technology in 20 mail-delivery vans in Stockholm, allowing PostNord (Stockholm, Sweden) to benefit from a range of fleet-management services.

Xchanging invests in MachineShop to fuel IoT development

Technology services provider Xchanging has made a $1 million investment in enterprise middleware provider MachineShop aimed at supporting product development and sales and marketing activity in the Internet of Things (IoT) area.

Xchanging (London, UK) says it has partnered with MachineShop (Boston, MA, USA) since January 2013, but is keen to “penetrate the burgeoning IoT market further”.

Altice has no plans to raise SFR bid: Bloomberg

Altice has reportedly said it has no plans to increase its offer for Vivendi’s SFR after bidding rival Bouygues raised its own offer last week, according to Bloomberg.

Altice (Paris, France) has the flexibility to revise its bid between now and April 4 – when exclusive talks with Vivendi (Paris, France) are set to end – but believes it has the support of Vivendi, which is likely to face fewer antitrust and other regulatory hurdles in a sale to Altice than one involving Bouygues (Paris, France).

Telefonica SmartSantander project to become smart-cities blueprint

Telefonica claims its pioneering SmartSantander project has exceeded initial expectations and could become a blueprint for the development of smart cities in future.

Launched three years ago with a budget of €8.67 million ($11.93 million), the project in Santander has made use of an array of M2M and Internet of Things technologies, delivering benefits in areas including energy and traffic management and healthcare.

Egypt unified telecom licence to be activated before June 30: minister

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Egypt's Telecommunications Minister Atef Helmy said on Sunday the country's long awaited unified telecom licence for both mobiles and landlines will be activated within three months.

The licence would allow telecommunication companies to operate fixed-line and mobile networks, which would in turn allow Egypt's fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt (Cairo) to offer mobile services.

Portugal's CoSwitched to enter European M2M market

A new telecoms startup based in Portugal has announced the soft launch of an Internet of Things (IoT) service, saying it wants to take advantage of the “current vibe” surrounding IoT to create a pan-European mobile virtual network.

CoSwitched (Lisbon, Portugal) says it aims to provide customers with an easy way of managing connected machines across Europe, and will offer connectivity services using GSM technology in more than 20 countries.

Vodafone and AstraZeneca form mobile-health partnership

Vodafone has announced a mobile-health partnership with pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca aimed at improving healthcare for patients with cardiovascular conditions.

The two companies will work on developing new mobile and internet-based services to support patient treatment, improve medication adherence and give patients the confidence to manage their own conditions more effectively.

Vodafone’s (Newbury, UK) role will be to provide technology and related expertise for these mobile-health services.

Telit net income almost trebles on soaring M2M demand

Module maker Telit has reported soaring revenues and profits for the 2013 financial year thanks to strong demand for its expanding range of M2M services.

Net income shot up from $3.88 million in 2012 to $10.87 million in 2013, while revenues increased by 17.3%, to $243 million, over the same period.

Results were boosted by the takeover of cloud specialist ILS Technology (Boca Raton, FL, USA) in September, but also reflected organic growth in each of the EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.

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