Telefonica forms global M2M alliance with six operators


Operator’s Telefonica Digital arm forms alliance with operators across the globe to develop M2M product aimed at multinational corporations

Telefonica has formed an alliance with six other operators based around the world to collaborate in the M2M market.

Netherlands-based KPN and VimpleCom, Japan’s NTT Docomo, Canada-based Rogers, Australian operator Telstra and Singapore-based SingTel have joined forces with Telefonica Digital, the London-based digital products and services arm of the Spanish operator which owns O2.

The alliance will cooperate on technological solutions designed to provide a service to multinational customers requiring seamless M2M connections across different regions.

The operator’s will work together to develop a product for sale globally that will use its own SIM card, a unified web interface and┬ácentralised┬ámanagement using the Control Centre product made by M2M specialist firm Jasper Wireless.

Telefonica Digital said the alliance would deliver the scale to help the partners tackle the “complex and fragmented” M2M market.

The firm added that the alliance was open to other operator partners who wished to join.