Wyless, the M2M managed services provider, is to acquire ASPIDER M2M, the European M2M MVNE (mobile virtual network enabler) solutions company.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, ASPIDER M2M provides a broad range of advanced M2M/IoT applications to global customers, principally in the Benelux and for the German speaking markets, where its maintains multiple offices.
ASPIDER M2M runs its own Cisco and Oracle based core network of GGSNs, HLRs and Intelligent Network. This allows ASPIDER M2M to act as an MVNE for M2M/IoT and to provide an operator independent solution. Wyless will complement its portfolio with these solutions, which ASPIDER M2M has deployed to large customers like Philips Lighting and Stedin, a public utility in Holland.
As part of the acquisition, ASPIDER Holding chairman and founder Jan Willem van Doorn, will join the Wyless board of directors, and Michel Zwijnenberg, ASPIDER M2M VP, will take a senior exec role within Wyless Europe Plc, resulting from Aspider’s integration with Wyless UK.
Dan McDuffie, CEO Wyless, commented: “This combination of our existing presence in the UK and Switzerland with ASPIDER’s dominance in Benelux and rapidly expanding footprint in Germany strengthens the Wyless position in continental Europe.
“It provides core network expertise into our product portfolio and brings a group of great people into the business, spearheaded by ASPIDER M2M VP Michel Zwijnenberg and his team, who built the M2M business within parent company ASPIDER HOLDING. ASPIDER’s Intelligent Network solutions also enables Wyless to serve worldwide SMEs in a prepaid Google style model.”
Zwijnenberg said; “I believe strongly in the emerging Internet of Things market. There will be a premium for the company being the first to claim leadership in this market and I want to be a part of that company. ASPIDER has a focus on offering core-network based solutions in the areas of operator independence, security and outsourced billing via its prepaid IN.
“Wyless has lately been focused on building more complete and complex end-to-end solutions around IoT deployments. Product wise this is a perfect fit and together I believe that we can win the market with our think global act local approach.”
Gilli Coston appointed chief strategy officer at Wyless
Wyless has announced the appointment of Gilli Coston as chief strategy officer to the Wyless senior management team. Coston has spent over twenty years at O2 and Telefonica, including her final position as the Head of M2M for Telefonica O2 UK and more recently at consulting firm CGI. She has an unrivalled high-level experience of the IoT business from both an operator and a solution provider perspective.
Coston will work closely alongside CEO, Dan McDuffie and the rest of the management team in driving the global strategy, including M&A, integrations, strategic partnerships, and building talent and culture within an ever globally expanding organisation.