The first two days of this week’s CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas have been marked by a flurry of M2M announcements, with partnerships between MVNOs and network operators emerging as a major theme. M2M Zone provides a round-up of the most important news items.
KORE has expanded its footprint through a deal with UK wireless operator EE, giving customers a bigger addressable market for their M2M applications. The MVNO said the partnership would extend the reach of its Global Connect services into Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It also stands to benefit from EE’s network alliance with Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France), its parent companies, and Sweden’s TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden). “EE [Hatfield, UK] understands the importance of business-driven M2M applications and we look forward to offering joint M2M programs in a number of markets," said Alex Brisbourne, president and chief operating officer of KORE (Alpharetta, GA, USA).
Fresh from announcing a new partnership with Telefonica, Wyless has revealed details of a further network deal with Asia’s SingTel. The alliance will see the two companies offer M2M connectivity and managed services across the vast Asia-Pacific marketplace. “Through our new partnership with SingTel [Singapore], Wyless [Lawrence, MA, USA] expands our M2M and Managed Services Footprint to one of the fastest growing M2M markets in the world, providing our partners with the ability to quickly and cost effectively deploy in the APAC region, including Singapore, Australia, India, Japan, China, and many more,” said Ryan Keefe, the vice president of global business development for Wyless.
Numerex is to combine its core network M2M technology with Huawei’s wireless module product platform in a new deal between the two companies. The result will be a communications device capable of running customized, feature-rich applications, according to the companies. “Our collaboration brings the network and the device together into a truly integrated product and allows for a broad range of M2M solutions that can optimize enterprise operations and ultimately improve the bottom line,” said Stratton J. Nicolaides, the chairman and chief executive of Numerex (Atlanta, GA, USA).
Gemalto has announced that its M2M technology will be used in routers made by Encore Networks (Chantilly, VA, USA) and typically used for mission-critical applications in sector including government, electrical, oil and gas, waste and water, transportation and enterprise. The routers are “ruggedized” and will support 3G connectivity on GSM and CDMA networks. “Reliable connectivity is of the utmost concern in any vertical market and this first-of-its-kind multimode module helps ensure organizations can implement one solution across the country that will work on today’s diverse and evolving networks,” said Paul Kobos, the head of sales for M2M at Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) North America.
In another announcement, Gemalto said it would add a new module based on Qualcomm technology to its portfolio. The new device supports Java and the SensorLogic cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and is designed to reduce cost and complexity for customers. Gemalto says the Qualcomm (San Diego, CA, USA) deal will also simplify over-the-air provisioning and remote updating so that M2M applications can be easily managed from a distance.
Digi International has announced plans to bring Spectrum Design Solutions – its wireless design division – into Etherios, a division of Digi (Minnetonka, MN, USA) that focuses on cloud-based products and services. Spectrum Design Solutions will also change its name to Wireless Design Services. “Offering wireless design, cloud integration, application development, and business process consulting from one organization eliminates finger-pointing and helps businesses get a fast return on investment from connected machines or connected products,” said Mike Dannenfeldt, senior vice president of Etherios Solutions.