U.K. mobile operator O2 has made its first move into the potentially lucrative smart-metering market with the signing of a multi-million-pound deal with G4S, a smart-meter operations firm. Under the terms of the three-year deal, O2 will provide M2M technology, including around 200,000 SIM cards, to connect smart meters across the U.K. to G4S’s data center. (See O2 Makes Smart-Meter Move and Smart Grid Creates Lucrative Market.)
The BBC reports that residential broadband users across Europe are sacrificing speed for convenience by opting for Wi-Fi rather than a fixed connection. It cites a study by Epitiro which ran 1 million tests over 14,000 Wi-Fi connections in the UK, US, Spain and Italy found that Wi-Fi links are, on average, 30 percent slower than their plugged-in equivalents.