TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden), a mobile network operator, has signed an M2M agreement with France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany). The agreement, which initially was signed by France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom in February 2011 to cover France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has since then added the Netherlands (Deutsche Telekom) and most recently the UK. The M2M service will now extend to cover TeliaSonera’s geographical reach, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.
While roaming agreements have been managed bi-laterally only, concentrated within single markets, this multi-lateral agreement will aim to provide roaming services across the countries that have signed the agreement.
According to Orange, a key feature of the agreement is the incident and troubleshooting capability that France Telecom-Orange, Deutsche Telekom and TeliaSonera will be working on to provide roaming services. Because M2M communication is business critical for customers, all M2M roaming services will have a dedicated support component, aiming to improve previous industry attempts at troubleshooting and providing shorter repair time.
Enhanced M2M interoperability will also be maintained as the three partners conduct joint testing to harmonize module standards. Module certification will enable optimized interoperability between module and network and lead to a stable module performance in all countries covered by the three groups, according to Orange.
“M2M communication is an enabling technology for e-Energy, e-Health, Connected Home and the Connected Car, for example, to bring about the internet of things. The M2M market has been growing exponentially lately, with potential for enterprises to drive new business, improve performance, reduce cost, and protect the environment,” said Dr. Rainer Deutschmann, Senior Vice President Mobile Products, Deutsche Telekom. “With our growing partnership, multinational companies will now have a more efficient and reliable path to implement global M2M solutions.”