M2M module maker Telit has taken a huge step in the Japanese market with news that its devices have passed interoperability testing on the network of NTT DoCoMo, the country’s largest mobile phone operator.
According to a statement released by the vendor, some six variants of its HE910 module series have successfully completed a rigorous module testing program run by the Japanese carrier.
The successful testing is a precursor to arrangements that would see NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan) supporting Telit’s modules on its network.
Telit (London, UK) says all the approved modules work on HSPA+ technology, with 2G systems no longer in use in Japan.
Three include high-sensitivity GPS receivers that make them ideal for personal-navigation and tracking applications, while one of those – plus the other three – are suited to mobile connected devices with high throughput requirements, such as mobile computing, in-car telematics, PDAs, e-readers, tablet PCs and consumer electronics in general.
“With the NTT DoCoMo interoperability testing passed, we officially enter the Japanese M2M market where we are also establishing a regional office,” said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit. “Having the HE910 series certified is an important step to enter the Japanese market.”
“On top, Japan has a large automotive market for M2M,” he said. “Both Tier-one suppliers and OEMs in this segment represent solid demand for our products."
Telit is keen to reinvigorate its business in the Asia-Pacific after revenues in the region fell by 18.7% in 2012, to $25.4 million.
The company blamed strong price pressure and said it has continued to invest in new markets, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, that are “ripe for substantial growth”.
In Japan, it claimed to have signed distributor agreements and formed business partnerships with a number of prominent Japanese companies.