M2M World Alliance Delivers First Multi-Operator Global Solution
Singapore, 17 December 2013 – The M2M World Alliance, which is comprised of Singtel, Etisalat, KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, Telefonica, Telstra and VimpelCom, toda officially unveiled its solution which aims to simplify and promote the adoption of machine-to- machine (M2M) communications worldwide.
The unique solution will leverage the operators’ combined global presence to the benefit of customers who are looking for a regional or global M2M deployment. It allows companies to enjoy connectivity throughout the Alliance coverage area with in-market rates. Additional benefits include easier compliance with local market regulations and the potential for multinationals to provide global technical support from a single market.
The name “M2M World Alliance” has recently been created to identify the group’s coordinated operations. Its multi-coloured logo represents the Alliance’s aspiration to coordinate the delivery of M2M services globally.
“We believe that our unique and seamless solution will drive rapid growth in the adoption of M2M communications worldwide by giving our customers the ability to operate connected devices globally at a reduced cost,” said Angel David Garcia Barrio, Chairman of the M2M World Alliance. “With operations in more than 60 countries, the Alliance’s global footprint presents multinational organizations with a seamless approach to deploying connected devices in multiple countries at one time.”
M2M communications are used when machines – a broad term for equipment used in all sorts of industries, including consumer electronics, utilities, agriculture and construction – connect and exchange information with information technology infrastructure. It is considered by many as the latest stage in the internet’s evolution: when cyberspace reaches beyond the traditional confines of computers to connect to any device with a microprocessor.
Major growth areas identified by the M2M World Alliance for its global solution include connected cars, fleet management, smart meters, consumer electronics, game consoles, wearable electronics, tele-health and security solutions.
Mr Zia Zaman, Vice President, Emerging Businesses and Strategy, Group Enterprise at Singtel said: “2014 will be a breakout year for M2M as providers rollout solutions globally. The M2M alliance complements our leading position as their strategic partner of choice. It builds on our pan-Asia coverage and makes it even easier for customers to deploy M2M seamlessly into and from Asia through a single point of contact. Furthermore, with a single SIM solution, customers will only incur local charges. It makes it more cost efficient for them to scale up their M2M deployment and accelerate their business growth.”
Global M2M connections will grow from approximately two billion today to reach 18 billion in 2022, according to a study by Machina Research, a London-based consulting firm focused on emerging opportunities with new forms of connected device.
Details of the Alliance’s products and coverage areas can be found on its new website, www.m2mworldalliance.com.