Friday, July 15, 2011

Mobile - TeliaSonera has joined Orange and T-Mobile in interoperable machine-2-machine services for NW Europe

[mobile business briefing] Sweden-based operator group TeliaSonera has joined an existing alliance between France Telecom (Orange) and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) that is aiming to provide an interoperable M2M service across their European footprint. The agreement, forged in February this year to cover France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, has recently been expanded to include the Netherlands and the UK (the latter via the Orange/T-Mobile Everything Everywhere JV). The addition of TeliaSonera will expand the footprint to include the Swedish operator’s networks in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania. “With this agreement, now three groups are significantly pushing the boundaries of the M2M ecosystem,” said Orange’s Anne-Marie Thiollet. “Global availability and reliability will spur the commercial adoption of M2M services and stimulate new innovations to the forefront.”

According to a joint statement by the three operators today, customers will “benefit from operability across borders and enhanced M2M service quality in the mobile networks of the cooperation agreement parties.” The alliance promises “continuous connection quality and network interoperability” for both machines and goods on the move (in the transportation and automotive industries, for example), and for customers whose business models require continuous access (such as eHealth providers). The operators also said they would conduct joint testing to harmonise module standards, “enabling a quicker and more optimised integration of the modules in M2M customers’ devices and machines.”

TeliaSonera joins European M2M roaming alliance

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