CTIA 2013: Wyless boosts LatAm prospects with Telefonica deal

M2M managed services provider Wyless has signed an important agreement with Telefonica Digital that will help it tap into the surging demand for M2M services in Latin America.

The deal allows Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) partners to use the Telefonica Global SIM in conjunction with Wyless managed services on more than 350 networks around the worldwide.

Nevertheless, the real focus in on Latin America, where Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) operates networks in some of the region’s biggest markets.

M2M managed services provider Wyless has signed an important agreement with Telefonica Digital that will help it tap into the surging demand for M2M services in Latin America.

The deal allows Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) partners to use the Telefonica Global SIM in conjunction with Wyless managed services on more than 350 networks around the worldwide.

Nevertheless, the real focus in on Latin America, where Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) operates networks in some of the region’s biggest markets.

“The focus is Mexico, because it’s south of the border, and Brazil, because the market there is booming right now,” said Shelby Noakes, the vice president of business development for the Americas at Wyless, speaking to M2M Zone at this week’s CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.

Under the agreement, Wyless will integrate its Porthos M2M platform with the Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA) platform that Telefonica uses to support its own M2M services.

Wyless has enjoyed a ten-year relationship with Telefonica in Europe, but Noakes says this latest deal is much than just a wholesale arrangement because it will see the two companies collaborating in the area of managed services.

Wyless says it will focus on working strategically with Telefonica to offer joint services to companies and organizations in North America and other parts of the world.

“The partnership is offering Wyless the opportunity to work together with Telefonica on joint opportunities in a way no carrier has done before,” said Dan McDuffie, the chief executive of Wyless.

The deal ties in with Wyless’ strategy to be a “one-stop-shop” for M2M partners, which include companies in the transportation, retail, oil and gas, government, financial and manufacturing sectors.