Telenor Connexion and Kyocera to target “premium car segment”

Japanese tech giant Kyocera has teamed up on M2M with Norway’s Telenor Connexion, saying the new partnership will mainly address opportunities in the burgeoning connected-car market.

The companies provided few details of the collaboration but said it would bring together Kyocera’s expertise in developing M2M modules with Telenor Connexion’s experience of providing connectivity and managed services.

Japanese tech giant Kyocera has teamed up on M2M with Norway’s Telenor Connexion, saying the new partnership will mainly address opportunities in the burgeoning connected-car market.

The companies provided few details of the collaboration but said it would bring together Kyocera’s expertise in developing M2M modules with Telenor Connexion’s experience of providing connectivity and managed services.

Although the “premium car segment” is the primary area of interest, the new partners said they are also interested in developing telematics and on-board units for intelligent transport systems.

Smart metering, telemetry, telehealth and security could also attract their attention.

Kyocera (Kyoto, Japan) said a goal of the tie-up was to help original equipment manufacturers reduce time to market and develop “future-proof and easy-to-integrate” connectivity solutions.

“By partnering with Telenor Connexion [Stockholm, Sweden], Kyocera is leveraging its extensive experience in deploying connectivity solutions around the world and in a number of industries,” said Toshiki Kawaguchi, an executive officer from Kyocera’s telecoms equipment group.

“By combining Kyocera’s superior M2M modules for high-speed data connections with Telenor Connexion’s secure and future-proof end-to-end solutions, we will help potential customers to create M2M solutions for their specialized applications and to facilitate passage of Telenor’s test requirements,” added Kawaguchi.

Telenor Connexion has largely focused on the automotive sector and says the deal with Kyocera will “pave the way for speeding up LTE adoption in M2M”.

While a number of M2M services can make do with 2G and 3G technology – and benefit from the lower costs of the more established technologies – the connected-car segment is ripe for the deployment of 4G LTE given the need to ‘future proof’ vehicles and the range of infotainment services consumers are now demanding.

The tie-up with Kyocera is Telenor Connexion’s second high-profile deal in Japan in the past few months.

In May, the company flagged an agreement to provide M2M roaming services to KDDI, Japan’s second-biggest mobile operator.