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Qualcomm looks to pick up Hamilton’s winning ways

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Qualcomm used its keynote at Mobile World Congress 2016  to talk up its credentials for connected, electric and self-driving cars, aided by the presence of F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

The presence of Hamilton, along with Paddy Lowe, executive director, technical for Mercedes AMG Petronas, and the team’s winning car from last season, enabled the US tech firm to draw parallels between the world of F1 and everyday driving.

As well as being a sponsor, Qualcomm makes a technical contribution to the Mercedes team. A live telemetry system that collects data from the car now works on a larger scale because of the US firm’s Wi-Fi-based solution.

More data equals a faster decision making process, as the team seeks to reach decisions while the car sits in the pits. Now the data is off the car before it stops; previously it took 20 minutes.

The improvement was confirmed by Hamilton:  “In the past we had these long, long waits while they downloaded data. It’s incredible how quick the tunaround is now.”

“If you can optimise then it makes a difference between winning and losing.”

Derek Aberle, Qualcomm’s president, was asked to relate F1 to Qualcomm’s own business: “The environment [F1] can be pretty harsh. If you can make things work there then they can become commercialised over time. A lot of things happening in motorsport eventually make their way into commercial vehicles.”

Source: Mobile World Live

Sierra Wireless and Valeo collaborate on next-generation telematics control units for connected car services

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Smart embedded modules from Sierra Wireless provide automotive-grade cellular connectivity for emergency response services in Russia
Sierra Wireless  today announced that Valeo, the global automotive products and systems company, has selected smart automotive modules from Sierra Wireless for a new generation of telematics control units to enable connected car services internationally.

The first deployment of the Valeo and Sierra Wireless telematics solution will be in vehicles built by the global automaker Geely for the Russian market. The solution will enable the emergency response system that is required under ERA-GLONASS for new vehicles in Russia. Geely is a multinational automaker with international subsidiaries, including Volvo and the London Taxi Company.

Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless said: “As a fellow technology innovator, Valeo is a valued partner and we are pleased to be working closely with them on the first of many future projects together. Connected car technologies are entering the mainstream, and Sierra Wireless is playing a crucial role in how the auto industry and its customers benefit from important cellular connectivity services like emergency response.”

Valeo is an automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo provides innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and to the development of intuitive driving.  Valeo’s smart Telematics Control Unit enables users to interact with their cars remotely. Via their smartphone or tablet, users can lock and unlock the car, activate and deactivate wipers or heating, and receive car location, live video streaming and other information from the car.

Valeo will be demonstrating this connected car solution at the Sierra Wireless booth in Hall 3, Stand 3A11 in the GSMA’s Innovation City at Mobile World Congress 2016, Barcelona, Spain, February 22-25, 2016.

For more information about Sierra Wireless solutions for the automotive market, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/applications/automotive-and-transport/automotive/.

4G CONNECTIONS HIT ONE BILLION AS MOBILE BROADBAND MOMENTUM EXTENDS TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD

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New Study Sees 4G Market Double in 2015; Industry Accounts For 4.2% of Global GDP

The number of 4G mobile connections worldwide has surpassed the one billion mark and is on track to account for a third of all mobile connections by 2020, according to a new study by the GSMA. The 2016 global edition of the GSMA’s ‘Mobile Economy’ series of reports points to an accelerating technology shift to 3G/4G mobile broadband networks across both developed and developing markets, which is fuelling digital innovation, smartphone adoption and mobile data growth. The study calculates that the mobile industry made a $3.1 trillion contribution to the world economy last year, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of global GDP.

“Our new report reveals that mobile broadband is now a truly global phenomenon, extending high-speed connectivity and services to citizens in all corners of the world,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “The unprecedented growth in mobile broadband last year is testament to the billions of dollars that mobile operators have invested in next-generation networks, services and spectrum in recent years. Mobile is now the most ubiquitous platform for people and businesses to connect and innovate in today’s digital economy.”

4G accounted for one billion of the 7.3 billion mobile connections1 reached by the end of 2015. The number of 4G connections doubled in 2015, largely as a result of the increase in 4G network deployments in the developing world. At the end of the year there were 451 live 4G (LTE) networks available in 151 countries, with almost half of these in the developing world. 4G is forecast to account for around a third of the almost nine billion mobile connections expected by 2020. Mobile broadband networks (3G and 4G) accounted for 50 per cent of connections in 2015, a figure set to rise to 70 per cent by 2020.

The combination of increasing mobile broadband access and rising smartphone adoption is contributing to an explosion in mobile data usage. Smartphones accounted for 45 per cent of mobile connections in 2015 (up from just 8 per cent in 2010) and a further 2.6 billion smartphone connections are expected to be added over the next five years. Mobile data volumes are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 49 per cent over the next five years – a more than seven-fold increase – approaching 40 exabytes per month by 20202. This will be equivalent to a global average of 7 gigabytes per subscriber per month.

The number of unique mobile subscribers3 worldwide stood at 4.7 billion at the end of 2015, equivalent to 63 per cent of the world’s population. Unique subscribers are forecast to reach 5.6 billion by 2020, by which point more than 70 per cent of the global population are expected to have a mobile subscription. More than 90 per cent of subscriber growth over the next five years is forecast to come from developing world markets.

Mobile Contributing to GDP, Jobs and Public Funding 
The global mobile industry added $3.1 trillion in economic value to the global economy in 2015, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of GDP4. This is predicted to rise to $3.7 trillion by 2020. The industry also directly and indirectly supported 32 million jobs in 2015 (forecast to rise to 36 million in 2020) and contributed $430 billion to public funding in the form of various types of taxation, a figure expected to grow to $480 billion in 2020 based on current levels of taxation. This public funding contribution excludes fees paid by operators for spectrum licences, which generated more than $90 billion for governments around the world last year as operators continued to acquire the spectrum they require to deploy mobile broadband.

The widespread availability of mobile networks is accelerating the ability to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From improving access to vital services such as education, healthcare and financial services, to delivering smart agriculture and electricity management solutions, building resilient infrastructures or closing the gender gap, mobile technology is central in addressing a range of socio-economic development challenges. However, the report also notes the need for regulation to keep pace with rapid innovation.

“The fast pace of change means regulation can quickly become obsolete, irrelevant or, in some cases, harmful – distorting competition, slowing innovation and ultimately depriving consumers of the benefits of technological progress,” added Granryd. “Recognising these challenges, the mobile industry is calling on policymakers worldwide to adapt out-dated market regulations to reflect the new digital ecosystem.”

The new report ‘The Mobile Economy: 2016’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics please visit:http://gsmamobileeconomy.com/2016/global/.

Source: GSMA

Sierra Wireless launches innovative Smart SIM with superior IoT connectivity service

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Sierra Wireless launches innovative Smart SIM with superior IoT connectivity service

Sierra Wireless Smart SIM provides optimized network connectivity, extensive coverage and flexibility to improve performance and reduce the cost of operating IoT applications

Sierra Wireless  today announced its Smart SIM technology and connectivity service that provide customers with superior coverage and service quality to accelerate the deployment of global IoT applications. With the addition of its global Smart SIM offering, Sierra Wireless delivers the most comprehensive, fully integrated device-to-cloud solution, including hardware, managed connectivity, and cloud services for multi-operator, multi-regional IoT deployments.

“Our Smart SIM technology allows us to provide our customers with a connectivity service designed for the coverage and quality of service that their IoT use cases require,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Connectivity Services at Sierra Wireless. “When combined with our IoT Acceleration Platform, this unique, fully integrated device-to-cloud service accelerates our customers’ time-to-market.”

There are three unique benefits to the Sierra Wireless Smart SIM:

  • Extensive coverage – the Smart SIM automatically selects networks based on the best service available in any given location. It comes with multiple operator profiles already installed, effectively combining several MNO roaming SIMs into one physical Smart SIM. The on-board patented applet then intelligently selects the best available regional network operator at any given time. This results in better coverage and service up-time.
  • Smart network connectivity and superior Quality of Service (QoS) – Sierra Wireless’ fully redundant core network is designed and built for IoT connectivity and applications. The multi-operator Smart SIM selects the best available cellular network in any given location, ensuring the best possible data connection at all times. In the event a device loses network signal, whether in-transit or otherwise, the Smart SIM will detect this and re-establish the connection with another network automatically.
  • Cost-effective simplicity – with a single Smart SIM and unified IoT Acceleration platform, Sierra Wireless vastly simplifies global IoT deployments, saving customers the time and expense of having to arrange multiple service agreements, SIMs and platforms, and the management of disparate vendors (see white paper for more information).

“The QoS capability of Sierra Wireless’ innovative Smart SIM technology was a key factor in our vendor selection process because we needed to maximize coverage across multiple network operators,” said Chris Gnanakone, Founder and Co-CEO for Nube, an energy management company based in Latin America. “It was important for us to choose a partner that could eliminate much of the technical risk in our solution. We were able to get to market faster because Sierra Wireless’ hardware is pre-integrated with the cloud platform.”

“In the payments industry it is crucial that our terminals are connected at all times, allowing our customers to transact business,” said Daniel Nordholm, CTO for Bambora, a global payments company headquartered in Sweden. “The broader coverage benefits of the Sierra Wireless Smart SIM ensure we can deliver service to our customers at all times. We were also looking for a single SIM solution to serve all of our terminals regardless of geography in order to drive down the complexity and cost of deploying and supporting our global customers.”

Sierra Wireless has more than 700,000 SIM subscribers globally that count on its connectivity offering to power their IoT deployments. Customers manage and automate all aspects of the Sierra Wireless Smart SIM using the IoT Acceleration Platform, providing a simple way to integrate SIM logistics into their connected product or service. The IoT Acceleration Platform is unique in the industry in that it can also manage third-party network operator SIMs, providing customers a single unified connectivity management platform for all deployed SIMs.

The addition of the Smart SIM and Connectivity service to the broader Sierra Wireless portfolio now provides customers with all of the service infrastructure they require to create, deploy and manage their IoT applications. By integrating connectivity management, operations management and application enablement services into one unique platform, customers spend less time integrating multiple platforms, allowing them to accelerate their deployment of connected products and services.

Sierra Wireless’ connectivity service operates on 2G and 3G today, and LTE will be available in Q2 2016 on a worldwide basis. The Smart SIM is already LTE-ready and available today.  For more information about Smart SIM, please visithttp://www.sierrawireless.com/SIM.

Sierra Wireless will showcase Smart SIM connectivity at Mobile World Congress, February 22-25, in Barcelona. Visit the Sierra Wireless stand in Hall 3, Stand 3A11 of the Innovation City.

Source: Sierra Wireless

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ADOPTS GSMA EMBEDDED SIM SPECIFICATION TO ACCELERATE CONNECTED CAR MARKET

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General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars Support Specification for Delivery of Range of Connected Vehicle Services; 22 Live Operator Solutions Now Commercially Available

London: Leading companies from across the automotive and transportation sector are supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification to help accelerate the growth of the connected car market, the GSMA announced today. The interoperable specification has been backed by international brands including General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars, and will enable automakers to remotely provision connectivity over the air to vehicles with an operator of their choice. It will help to deliver a range of in-vehicle services such as infotainment, real-time navigation, insurance and breakdown services, as well as telematics and remote diagnostics. The use of the specification will also help to quickly connect vehicles with local operators, regardless of where the cars are manufactured.

“The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has progressed from the first availability of commercial solutions to industry adoption in a very short space of time. The automotive sector is set for huge growth and it is clear that a common, global standard will help mobile operators to provide scalable, reliable and secure connectivity to vehicles regardless of location,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “This approach will help car manufacturers offer any type of in-car connected service through a single SIM, which can be provisioned with the profile of a mobile operator once the car is shipped, as well as at the end of a contract, without the SIM needing to be changed.”

The connected car market is set for exponential growth. Gartner Research has forecast that one in five vehicles will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, equating to more than 250 million connected vehicles in service1. Additionally, Machina Research estimates that the total number of connections in the connected car market will grow at a CAGR of 31 per cent from 182 million in 2015 to 693 million in 20202. Analyst house Berg Insight also notes that in-vehicle embedded telematics systems shipped 1.9 million units in 2014, a figure that is expected to reach 15 million by 20203.

“Jaguar Land Rover is putting connectivity at the heart of its vehicles to deliver a range of safety, security, convenience and infotainment features for our customers. The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification allows Jaguar Land Rover to reduce manufacturing complexity, adapt to changing regulatory frameworks and work with the best mobile operators, on a country-specific or regional basis, improving the customer offering to deliver the next generation of connected services over the lifetime of our vehicles,” commented Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

“The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification solves a number of fundamental issues in auto manufacturing principally in-market localisation and lifecycle management that enable us to provide an efficient, robust and global product,” said Fredrik Callenryd, Senior Business Strategy Manager, Scania CV AB.

“The Renault – Nissan Alliance is a global industry innovator for technology for mainstream and mass-market consumers. Supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification will help sustain our innovations by enforcing a reliable and stabilized solution and enable us to offer more flexible and agile solutions. We will be able to offer our customers ease of use and a high quality of service which are Renault – Nissan’s main objectives,” commented Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global VP, Electrics Electronics & Systems Engineering.

To date, 22 mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched solutions based on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification. New operators to launch commercial solutions include AIS, América Móvil, KPN, MTN, Rogers Wireless, Swisscom, Taiwan Mobile, Telenor, TIM as well as members of the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association. The adoption of an interoperable specification will reduce fragmentation and help the industry to take advantage of the Internet of Things, an addressable market estimated to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2020 according to Machina Research4. AT&T, Bell Canada, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Indosat, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Tele2, Telefónica Brasil, Telefónica Group, TeliaSonera and Vodafone have already made commercial solutions available to the market.

GSMA Intelligence research highlights that 76 per cent of global M2M connections are now serviced by mobile operators that are deploying or are committed to the GSMA solution, underscoring the momentum behind the specification5. For more information on the GSMA’s Embedded SIM please go to:http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/connected-living-mobilising-the-internet-of-things/.

GSMA Connected Living Programme at Mobile World Congress 2016 
The GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will showcase the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification at Mobile World Congress 22-25 February in Barcelona. There will be a number of live demonstrations of the specification in the GSMA Innovation City located at Stands 3A11 and 3A31 in Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, including scenarios from Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association. There will also be a number of workshops, seminars and presentations highlighting the impact of the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification on the international market. The GSMA Innovation City will be open during Mobile World Congress exhibition hours. For further information on Mobile World Congress 2016, visitwww.mobileworldcongress.com.