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Roundup: The industry’s top cloud predictions for 2014

With public cloud spending set to surpass $100bn this year according to IDC many are looking to 2014 as the year the cloud sector moves into a second phase of industrial development, unleashing a wave of innovation and consolidation in its path. And according to industry specialists, much of what happens next in the cloud sector will depend on the deepening integration of mobile, cloud, big data and traditional IT technologies.

Indonesia’s Telkomsel joins Jasper’s M2M platform

Indonesia's Telkomsel joins Jasper's M2M platform

In July 2012, seven mobile operators across the world — KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom —teamed up to create an alliance to collaborate in the M2M space. They have since been joined by AT&T, América Móvil and Etisalat. The collaboration aims to develop a global product featuring a unique SIM, united web interface and centralised management of status and usage of M2M devices globally, via Jasper Wireless’s Control Centre.

M2M firm Telit buys cloud platform ILS Technology

Telit is moving into the cloud-based M2M service provision space with its latest acquisition

In a bid to expand its service portfolio global machine-to-machine (M2M) provider Telit today announced that it will be acquiring ILS Technology, a cloud-based back-end service provider, for $8.5m.

On the up: Changing lives in Brazil


Brazil’s economy is growing fast, with 40 million people making the transition to the new middle class in the last ten years. But while there is visible wealth in certain areas of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro there is still huge poverty, both urban and rural. Against this backdrop, communications services are being deployed to change the lives of millions of people.

Telefonica drives innovation through partnerships

Speaking at an event in London on Thursday, Matthew Key, head of Telefónica Digital since its inception nine months ago, said his unit expects to drive annual revenues of approximately €5bn by 2015 with an annual revenue growth rate of 20 per cent.

The Magic Touch

SIM-based NFC remains the holy grail of mobile payment for cellular operators. The NFC community has its sights set far wider than simple mobile financial services, but it is taking time for the technology to get to market.

Burning a hole in the pocket

In a world where it’s almost too easy to part with your digital currency, innovation has moved on to the contents of the digital wallet.

Three aims for connected devices market with Macheen tie-up

3UK has signed an agreement with Macheen, a cloud service provider for connected devices. The deal provides the operator with access to a platform for the management of a variety of processes that are required to create, manage and bill M2M-related services.

Telefónica states intent with corporate restructure

Spanish incumbent and global carrier Telefónica has restructured itself into four new divisions as part of what the firm called “sweeping changes” designed to “reinfoce the operator’s status as a global player and leader in the digital environment”.

Java creator quits Google, develops robot comms

James Gosling, the creator of the Java programming language, has quit Google after only five months at the firm, and has joined a startup that uses wireless communication technologies for data harvesting.