Orbcomm expands GSM presence with Telefonica deal

Satellite player Orbcomm has secured an agreement with Telefonica that will allow it to make use of the Spanish operator’s GSM network when providing M2M applications.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) already has deals in place that allow customers to benefit from so-called dual-mode connectivity, but the deal with Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) could be significant given the operator’s global presence and particular strength in the Latin America region.

Satellite player Orbcomm has secured an agreement with Telefonica that will allow it to make use of the Spanish operator’s GSM network when providing M2M applications.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) already has deals in place that allow customers to benefit from so-called dual-mode connectivity, but the deal with Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) could be significant given the operator’s global presence and particular strength in the Latin America region.

Orbcomm says it will be able to take advantage of Telefonica’s network in a total of 24 countries, but it can also piggyback on infrastructure in more than 150 thanks to the roaming agreements Telefonica maintains with other network operators.

“We are building the world’s most comprehensive offering of both satellite and cellular network services, and our agreement with Telefonica strengthens Orbcomm’s lead as the largest and most diverse multi-network provider in the M2M industry,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive. “Telefonica’s reliable cellular connectivity will increase our global reach and round out our cellular footprint in key markets.”

Telefonica says it hopes to benefit from the partnership by drawing on Orbcomm’s expertise and market dominance in the M2M industry.

“This joint service offering will provide ORBCOMM’s customers worldwide with versatile connectivity options tailored for their best-of-breed M2M asset tracking and monitoring solutions,” said Christian Solomine, Telefonica’s Global Partner Sales USA General Manager.

Orbcomm plans to provide a secure and scalable online platform allowing customers to simplify satellite, cellular and dual-mode device management.

The company claims the technology will help customers to reduce the cost and risk of developing and deploying M2M solutions.