Seven world mobile operators have entered into a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance to support a single, global platform that multinational businesses will leverage to enable connected devices in multiple countries. The initiative is open to other operators if they wish to join.
The companies involved are: KPN (Netherlands); NTT Docomo (Japan); Rogers Communications (Canada); SingTel (Asia); Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit (UK headquarters); Telstra (Australia); and Vimpelcom (Russia, Central Asia and elsewhere).
The goal of the global alliance is to create efficiencies for manufacturers and enhance the end user experience by enabling delivery of a global product with a single SIM, eliminating roaming costs in the countries of participating operators. The centralized management of SIM status and performance of M2M devices across the globe will be managed from a single web interface with Jasper Wireless' Control Center.
The objectives of the alliance are to develop and grow M2M business globally, simplify development of new business models, speed delivery of new product and services to market and help multinational business customers better manage and reduce operational costs.
It is expected that this initiative will increase the ability of all participating operators to significantly enhance the M2M value proposition for their respective customers in markets around the world.
The alliance members will continue to cooperate to develop the M2M market by enriching customer experiences to better meet the needs and expectations of global customers.
Macario Namie, VP of Marketing at Jasper Wireless, said: ‘Standardised global service, with local support is the Holy Grail in M2M and mobile operator alliances are a vital activity to make this a reality. The Jasper Wireless platform operationalises these kinds of alliances – allowing operators to agree and manage terms, while giving the customer exactly what they need to scale their connected device business.Customers can get a single SIM, single API and single point of visibility and control all without the complexity typically associated with working across disparate operators.’
Jasper’s solution is delivered using a cloud-based service model, which provides both operators and customers with fast time to market and continuous innovation.
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