KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers Communications, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom to cooperate on global M2M business initiatives

Seven world mobile operators, KPN, NTT Docomo Inc., Rogers Communications, SingTel, Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit, Telstra and Vimpelcom have entered into a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance to support a single, global platform that multinational businesses will leverage to enable connected devices in multiple countries.

The goal of the global alliance is to create efficiencies for manufacturers and enhance the end user experience by enabling delivery of a global product with a single SIM, eliminating roaming costs in the countries of participating operators. The centralized management of SIM status and performance of M2M devices across the globe will be managed from a single web interface with Jasper Wireless’ Control Center.

The objectives of the alliance are to develop and grow M2M business globally, simplify development of new business models, speed delivery of new product and services to market and help multinational business customers better manage and reduce operational costs.

It is expected that this initiative will increase the ability of all participating operators to significantly enhance the M2M value proposition fortheir respective customers in markets around the world.

The alliance members will continue to cooperate to develop the M2M market by enriching customer experiences to better meet the needs and expectations of  global customers.

2 Replies to “KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers Communications, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom to cooperate on global M2M business initiatives”

  1. Jamie Moss, Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media comments on news that operators will form an alliance to try and create a single, global M2M platform.

    • Operators seek to drive up scale of M2M for all participants
    • Common use of Jasper Wireless speeds deployments for multinational enterprises
    • Informa Telecoms & Media forecasts important value in M2M
    • Opportunity lies in long-term contracts that expand over time

    The M2M market is gaining momentum and industry participants are eagerly waiting for the moment when growth stops being slow and steady and becomes exponential. One of the drivers for this anticipated scale is the M2M service providers’ ability to address the needs of the market as widely as possible – something that is achieved through ubiquity of coverage and seamless continuity of service availability. This dovetails with the need of enterprises wishing to augment their operations using M2M connectivity to do so as simply as possible.

    KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom have announced their intention to cooperate for the benefit of the machine-to-machine market globally and it is note-worthy that each one has an M2M service delivery platform supplied by Jasper Wireless. Jasper is a vendor that has always advocated the benefits of interoperability, the Acquisition Engine component of Jasper’s offering acting as a pipeline to funnel business leads between its fraternity of carrier customers.

    But while interoperability and collaboration as a technical possibility is important, a statement of actual intent by carriers to work together in practice is far more so. It underscores the two most critical features of the M2M market, the need to establish partnership and the need to focus on ones own core competency for the common benefit of all involved. Other high-profile carrier collaborations created specifically for the sake of the machine-to-machine industry include the strategic alliance between Vodafone and Verizon; and the M2M Service Alliance between Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, TeliaSonera, Everything Everywhere and Sprint.

    Informa Telecoms & Media carefully observes the expansion of the M2M market along with the fortunes of its service providers and is engaged in producing forecasts based on the most granular archive of real-world data available. M2M contract dynamics for carriers differ greatly to the consumer world of short-term tariff plans and are instead they are based on incremental, long-term, cumulative deals, where the participants are partners rather than clients and patrons. The value in the M2M market is real and the variety of possible use cases is enormous.

    Informa-SAP’s joint survey of more than 250 global stakeholders found that seven out of every 10 CSP respondents believe M2M will generate 5% of their total revenues by 2015, despite low revenues today

  2. Steve Hilton, Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason has the following comment:

    KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefonica, Telstra and VimpelCom announced a global M2M partnership for roaming and development of other M2M services. This is another indication of the rapid, multi-national growth of M2M.
    • Analysys Mason forecasts 124.4 million M2M device connections at the end of 2012, growing to 2.1 billion connections by 2021 at a 37% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) (graphic available on request)
    • Multinational corporations (MNCs) need simple access to M2M solutions including connectivity and global partnerships facilitate these solutions.
    • We expect these 7 carriers to provide connectivity solutions and a variety of M2M managed and value-added services including SLAs, systems integration and managed security services.

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