Telematics player Kore is now making its M2M services available over the network of UK network operator EE, allowing it to meet the needs of customers across a range of new geographical markets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) first announced details of the partnership at the CTIA Wireless Show held in Las Vegas in May, saying the partnership would allow the companies to jointly explore M2M programs in a number of countries.
The tie-up should provide Kore’s customers with a much bigger addressable market for M2M applications given the extensive coverage offered by EE (Hatfield, UK), a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France).
Kore says is it tackling the complexity of tariff management by offering customers a single price plan for worldwide coverage on the EE network and EE partners’ networks.
It is also adding voice support to its offering in a move it says is aimed at meeting evolving M2M needs.
“Adding EE’s 2G, 3G and market-leading 4G LTE networks will allow our customers to better capture new, revenue-generating opportunities in M2M,” said Alex Brisbourne, Kore’s president. “We are particularly excited at the opportunity to now provide voice services within our network offerings in these markets, to support the growth of medical and urgent dispatch applications.”
Besides strengthening Kore’s service in key growth markets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the partnership with EE will help the telematics player to support 2G services in North America, claims Kore.
The news of the launch coincides with EE’s publication of quarterly results showing an impressive 26.2% increase in the number of M2M connections it supports, to 1.57 million, between September 2012 and September 2013.
The operator has recently concluded a number of important wholesale agreements thanks in part to the breadth and capability of its network.
EE enjoyed a headstart in the UK’s 4G market – having launched services in late 2012, some ten months before Telefonica (Slough, UK) and Vodafone (Newbury, UK) – and now claims to cover about 60% of the country’s population with the superfast mobile service.