Indonesia’s Telkomsel and Sweden’s Tele2 have become the latest high-profile customers of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless.
News of the partnership with Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) broke just days after the operator announced plans to launch a “global M2M business”.
Tele2 had provided few details of its M2M plans in its launch announcement but said it aimed to compete heavily on pricing with established M2M players and had already made investments in personnel and IT systems.
It says the Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA) platform can be applied to any vertical and will provide “global visibility” of all SIMs connected to the mobile network.”
“The Jasper Wireless platform will provide our M2M customers with a highly flexible and powerful platform to manage connected devices,” said Rami Avidan, the head of Tele2’s M2M global solutions business. “The platform is easy to use and will support Tele2 in delivering a simple and customer-oriented M2M solution.”
Days later, Telkomsel (Jakarta, Indonesia) announced it had also signed a deal with Jasper Wireless with the aim of speeding up M2M service deployments for enterprise customers in Indonesia.
“Our economy is becoming increasingly global and connected,” said Alfian Manullang, Telkomsel’s general manager of business development. “Enabling businesses in Indonesia to manage devices around the world from a single platform provides very exciting opportunities.”
Telkomsel believes M2M services will be of particular benefit in the retail, consumer electronics, automotive telematics, utilities and healthcare markets.
The operator already claims to serve about one million M2M customers but expects to the figure to grow “in parallel with the increasing trend among Indonesians towards a digital lifestyle”.
A number of operators using the Jasper Wireless platform have established an alliance aimed at spurring the development of M2M services, and Telkomsel and Tele2 may look to join that group following their own adoption of the platform.
The alliance includes Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), KPN (The Hague, Netherlands), NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan), Rogers Communications (Toronto, Canada), SingTel (Singapore), Telefonica (Madrid, Spain), Telstra (Melbourne, Australia) and VimpelCom (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
Etisalat was the last operator to join the organization, but that was as far back as February.
In the meantime, the rival Global M2M Association has doubled in size from three operators to six, including Bell Canada (Montreal, Canada), Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), Orange (Paris, France), SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan), Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) and TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden).
That group remains independent of any platform technology but market-research firm Analysys Mason has been critical of it in this respect.
“As the GMA continues to grow, it becomes more apparent that having each company use a different M2M connectivity platform adds complexity and cost to multinational, multi-carrier M2M implementations,” said Analysys Mason in a research note issued earlier this year.