Ericsson’s M2M business received a boost with news that it had won a deal to provide M2M connectivity services to Indonesian operator XL.
XL (Jakarta, Indonesia) claims the partnership will give it more flexibility in developing M2M products for enterprise customers.
Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) will provide XL with its Device Connection Platform (DCP), intended to support the deployment, management and monetization of large-scale M2M projects.
The DCP should allow XL’s enterprise customers to monitor devices and access information, and is designed so that it can be integrated with existing systems.
Ericsson says it will also draw on its local and global expertise to help accelerate XL’s “M2M go-to-market plans”.
XL currently claims to offer six different types of M2M services – including smart-metering and point-of-sales solutions, fleet management, logistics and delivery, personal tracking and mobile surveillance – to more than 125,000 subscribers.
“We partner with a number of companies that are experts in creating M2M applications that provide relevant and affordable services to the community,” said Dian Siswarini, XL’s director of technology, content and digital services. “Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) will enable XL to provide flexibility in offering end-to-end M2M products and services to our enterprise customers.”
Ericsson says the partnership is in line with its vision that there will be 50 billion connected devices around the world – mainly through M2M – by 2020.