Telefonica launches Smart M2M in Argentina, Chile, Mexico

Telefonica has launched its Smart M2M Solution in Argentina, Chile and Mexico, allowing customers in those markets to connect and manage M2M services using local SIM cards.

The service was launched in Spain and Brazil about a year ago and has been developed by Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) in partnership with network equipment supplier Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden).

The Spanish operator says the solution allows companies in a range of sectors to deploy and manage M2M services such as real-time monitoring and advanced diagnostics.

The service also provides local-language support and local SIM cards over a locally maintained network.

That means there is no need for permanent roaming, which is not permitted under Latin American regulations.

“Telefonica is aware of the potential of M2M technologies in the support of local business development,” said Carlos Morales, the director of M2M at Telefonica Digital.

“With this in mind, we have matched our technical expertise with our local knowledge to offer our customers from Argentina and Chile a flexible platform that provides them with useful tools, giving them a precise view of their business processes.”

“This means increased efficiency and therefore an enhanced performance of their operations,” he added.

Latin America represents a huge market for operators targeting the M2M opportunity, with companies looking to provide connectivity for energy meters, vehicles and buildings.

Telefonica has been one of the world’s most active M2M operators in recent weeks, announcing the extension of its M2M partnership program into Europe earlier this month.

Already available in the US, the program aims to connect Telefonica with other players in the M2M value chain.

Telefonica says it is already in talks with about 90 companies and aims to sign 250 up to the program this year.