NTT DoCoMo is making an international push into the M2M industry, claiming it is the first operator in Japan to launch a global enterprise platform for wireless M2M systems.
The operator, Japan’s largest, has introduced a new service called “docomo M2M platform” that it claims will provide M2M support in more than 200 countries.
It allows corporate customers to manage M2M applications through a unified Web interface.
The interface also allows real-time monitoring of data usage and communication fees, remote activation and deactivation of communication lines and basic diagnosis of communication failures.
According to NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan), the big attraction of “docomo M2M platform” is that it allows customers to eliminate the cost of operating multiple M2M platforms.
Ordinarily, it says, M2M platforms have to be customized for each local operator’s communications line, necessitating the use of a separate platform in each country.
The announcement signals further success for platform provider Jasper Wireless (Sunnyvale, USA), whose technology supports the NTT DoCoMo service.
Although a few operators have developed their own platforms, most are relying on third-party offerings.
Jasper Wireless has emerged as one of the leading suppliers in this market, with AT&T (Dallas, USA) one of its biggest clients.
Last month it topped a ranking of platform vendors published by ABI Research, which credited the company for its global footprint, dominant market share and vertical-specific expertise.
NTT DoCoMo first announced an alliance with Jasper Wireless back in February, although the tie-up was then focused on Japan.
The launch of an international offer indicates that NTT DoCoMo is keen to take advantage of opportunities outside its domestic market.