News Scan: Credit card firms, Apple team on mobile payments; LTE deployment accelerates; more

>> U.S. credit card firms ink deals with Apple over iPhone 6 mobile payments

MasterCard, Visa and American Express have signed deals with Apple to enable mobile payments on the iPhone 6, which will have a near-field communications chip, Bloomberg reports, citing a person familiar with the situation. The deals will be announced at Apple's Sept. 9 event, which is expected to be the launch of the iPhone 6. Read more

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>> LTE deployment accelerates as technical challenges ease

LTE deployment is accelerating, with 239 commercial LTE networks deployed worldwide as of May, according to Infonetics Research. "LTE rollouts are chugging along with no real barriers or technical challenges left, and competition has now become the top driver for LTE deployments among operators participating in our annual LTE survey, underscoring the competitive landscape and increasingly challenging environment mobile operators are facing," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics. Read more

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>> BYOD devices to spur in-car rear-seat entertainment market

The majority of consumers will use their own tablets and smartphones for entertainment in the rear seats of cars, rather than buy expensive embedded in-car entertainment systems, predicts ABI Research. OEMs should embrace this trend and offer accessories or bundle OEM-branded devices with their new vehicles. BYOD devices "open up the market to new user-groups and segments, when previously rear-seat entertainment was targeted at small children. However, holding a device in ones hands could prove fatal in a car crash and therefore OEMs need to develop solutions that are both crash resistant and user-friendly," says ABI senior analyst Filomena Berardi. Read more

[More on infotainment: In-vehicle apps soaring, will reach 269 million by 2018 | Apple late to the smartphone-vehicle integration party]

>> WLAN infrastructure market increased 6 percent in the second quarter

The wireless local area network (WLAN) market grew 6 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest stats from Dell'Oro. "In their fifth quarter of shipments, enterprise-class 802.11ac access point revenues nearly doubled versus the prior quarter," says Chris DePuy, vice president of WLAN research at Dell'Oro Group. The top vendors in the enterprise-class 802.11ac access point market were Cisco with 54 percent market share and Aruba Networks with 20 percent. Read more

[More on WLAN: Sales of 802.11ac WLAN gear expected to surge | Wi-Fi standard raises access point prices]

>> Amazon to set up private market for native mobile ads

Amazon's recent moves suggest that it is considering creating a private market for delivering native mobile ads to promote its products, media tie-ins and games, reports Mobile Marketer. "Native advertising is so important right now as it can represent a passive and palatable method of reaching target audiences without angering early adopters or driving away new users," says Kunal Gupta, CEO of Polar Mobile. Read more

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