Ultra Mobile’s Internet of Things Connected Lab has officially announced the first ever winner of its incubator program. Outdoor advertising startup firm Ozzy was declared as the lucky winner, while two other participants of the program (BarnOwl and an unnamed transportation company) were named as runner ups. This incubator program is the first initiative of the mobile virtual network operator’s Ultra IoT Connected Lab, with the objective of serving as a launchpad for an IoT startup for a period of 10 weeks.
Demonstrating its commitment to help bring the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) into life, Ultra Mobile is officially unveiling its Ultra IoT Connected Lab program. The focus of this project is to encourage accelerated development, particularly in the creation of IoT-related solutions for both end users and business establishments.
Among the Big Four carriers in the United States, T-Mobile now holds the distinction of being the first to complete live network tests of Narrowband LTE technology for Internet of Things (or NB-IoT for short). The third biggest mobile operator in the country achieved this with the help of tech giants Qualcomm and Ericsson across a number of sites on its network in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. The trials were done utilizing 200 KiloHertz of the carrier’s advanced wireless services (AWS) airwaves. Also, T-Mobile also took the opportunity to announce a new partnership it struck with Las Vegas in rolling out IoT related wireless offerings.
Less than a couple of months since industry leader Verizon Wirelessrevealed that it had deployed its LTE-M network across America, rival AT&T has also announced recently that it has completed the roll out of its own countrywide LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) earlier than expected.
According to a FierceWireless report, it appears that Comcast had completed construction of a mobile network serving the greater metro area of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania earlier this year. For those not in the know, the company is based in Philly, and apparently, besides its wireless network in the city of brotherly love, Comcast is also busy constructing networks in Chicago in Illinois and San Francisco in California.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is now deploying the first ever countrywide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 network across the United States. This roll out is viewed by many industry watchers as something that will have a strong impact on the wireless landscape. According to the Big Red, its 4G LTE Cat M1 will usher in a new generation of LTE chip sets that are designed for sensors working on data plans as low as $2 a month for each device, plus options made available for multiple activations and large procurements. If that preceding sentence sounds too technical, just know that Verizon’s deployment will help speed up the Internet of Things (IoT) concept here in America.
T-Mobile has recently introduced IoT Access packs, a couple of new plans that start at $20 a year per mobile device for 5 megabytes of data every month. What should make the new offering appealing to customers is the fact that the pricing gets reduced to $6 a year per device after the first twelve months. Moreover, the major US wireless carrier is also offering an unlimited data plan at 64 kbps at a price of $25 a year per device. Plus, for a limited time only, customers can also enjoy a $5 discount off the first year per device.
Sending a quick, important text message to somebody can get tricky when both your hands are occupied. But for those who are subscribers of AT&T and have access to Amazon Echo, this will not be a problem at all. Beginning this week, Amazon’s speakers, which are powered by Alexa, the company’s own voice controlled digital assistant, can now compose text messages for AT&T subscribers, and then send these messages to a pre-set list of contacts. The user needs only to command Alexa to ask AT&T to text that contact’s name, and Amazon’s digital assistant will proceed to doing it.
Verizon Wireless has recently acquired LQD WiFi, a private company based in New York City that mostly specializes in producing kiosks called Palo that function similarly to LinkNYC’s, serving as hotspots as well as acting as informational hubs for the public. For those not familiar LQD itself, it was founded and currently led by Randy Ramusack, the former chief technical officer of Microsoft Switzerland and also former director of Technology Policy for International Organizations from 2005 until 2012.
Market research firm Parks Associates seems to think so. According to the company, global revenues of mobile data will grow from $386 billion in 2015 to $630 billion by the end of this decade. Parks Associates reckons that most of the growth will occur in mobile markets in the Asia/Pacific region. However for mobile markets in North America and Western Europe, the growth will be shackled, mainly due to the more and more mobile users preferring non-cellular tech in order to avoid costly mobile bills.
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