Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).
The agreement will also include such things as mobile services platforms, multinational services, wholesale services and roaming technology, as well as include a share exchanging agreement between both parties. Each company will also have reciprocal representation at the other company’s board meeting, says Telefonica.
China Unicom and Telefónica will together construct, maintain and operate an M2M platform, as well as develop the corresponding technical specifications, according to both companies.
Both companies will participate in the purchasing, testing and marketing of M2M products, and establish alliances with customers and suppliers in order to improve conditions based on economies of scale, says Telefonica.
The partnership will concentrate on many different verticals, including smart transport, energy efficiency, connected vehicles, consumer electronics, smart cities and the smart industry as a whole.
Telefonica and China Unicom will both partake in joint technological certifications, by working with International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the international standard-setting body.
According to both companies, this strategic agreement could be opened up, as a whole or in part, to other operators who may also be interested in the M2M sector to “allow participation in one or several of the projects emerging out of the agreement.”