Telenor Connexion, the M2M division of the Norwegian telecoms incumbent Telenor, has received a significant boost from a deal to provide international services to KDDI, Japan’s second-largest telecoms operator.
The partnership will allow KDDI (Tokyo, Japan) to provide a global M2M service to its enterprise customers, said the companies in a statement.
KDDI already claims to serve a large number of M2M customers in Japan from the automotive, security and utility industries, and says it will now be able to offer those customers a “one-stop-shop solution for overseas deployment, including M2M monitoring and management”.
Under their agreement, Telenor Connexion is to provide KDDI with access to its roaming network, which covers more than 190 countries, as well as a global SIM and technical support around the clock.
“Through partnering with Telenor Connexion, KDDI are now ideally positioned to be a one-stop global M2M solution provider to our customers,” said Akihiro Yamaguchi, a manager at KDDI. “The high quality of Telenor Connexion’s dedicated and reliable connectivity services, as well as their proven track record of more than 15 years of experience in the M2M and telematics field, were decisive factors.”
Per Simonsen, the chief executive of Telenor Connexion, says the deal gives the “seal of approval” to its service, given KDDI’s reputation for quality and reliability, as well as the operator’s track record of M2M success in Japan.
KDDI plans to launch the global M2M offering this month.
Telenor (Fornebu, Norway) appears to be intensifying its efforts to become a major global force in the M2M industry, having recently formed a new M2M division within its Digital Services unit.
Led by Simonsen, the new division comprises Telenor Connexion as well as Telenor Objects and Telenor Traxion, the operator’s two other M2M businesses.
Revenues from Digital Services rose to NOK183 million ($31.4 million) for the first three months of 2013, up from NOK168 million for the same period in 2012.