Telefonica Signs M2M Cooperation Agreement with China Unicom
Published on: 20th Oct 2011
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Telef nica, through its recently created unit Telef nica Digital, and China Unicom have signed a agreement to promote the development of Machine to Machine services. The objective involves making advances in improving M2M services, through many different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors or global positioning systems (GPS).
More specifically, China Unicom and Telefónica have decided to cooperate in constructing, maintaining and operating M2M platforms and developing the corresponding technical specifications. It is expected that the results of this joint collaboration around machine to machine solutions, will mean a relevant boost in the capability of both companies to offer proposals to customers in different markets and sectors.
From a commercial perspective, both companies will participate jointly in purchasing, testing and market analysis processes and, lastly, will establish alliances with customers and suppliers in order to improve conditions based on economies of scale and accelerate standardisation processes.
Another of the aspects considered by Telefónica and China Unicom is roaming, in the sense of agreeing special conditions closer to the M2M needs, increasing service quality and promoting standards for international M2M communications.
Telefónica said the partnership could also be opened up to other operators.