Telefónica has launched its Global M2M Module Certification Programme. The global mobile network operator has enrolled “best in class machine-to-machine (M2M) cellular module vendors” and is collaborating with them to certify their M2M products.
Modules from Sierra Wireless, Telit and u-blox have already been certified. The products received approval upon successfully passing an extended set of test cases, including the interoperability with the network and M2M platforms using the Global M2M SIM card and the most advanced M2M features including Subscription Swap.
The programme is one of the initiatives from Telefónica to help customers select the right M2M technology for their solution allowing them to remain focused on their core business. Modules awarded with Telefónica accreditation are reliable options for end to end solutions, therefore customers can reduce the integration tasks and accelerate on-boarding of M2M devices onto Telefónica networks.
All modules certified by Telefónica have also achieved GCF and/or PTCRB certification, well-known international organisations for certification. This provides customers with an additional level of confidence when using Telefónica certified modules.
“We strongly believe that this type of programme can bring applications faster to the market, and is therefore a key advantage for M2M”, said Olivier Beaujard, vice-president, Market Development of Sierra Wireless.
“With this programme, Telefónica and Telit customers globally can more easily access our top-selling modules, a number of which have already passed the programme’s rigorous testing,” said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions. “These Telit, Telefónica certified module families become substantially simpler to deploy with outstanding support and network connectivity from one of the world’s top-rated cellular networks.”
“We are very pleased to participate in Telefónica’s Global M2M certification programme with our LEON GSM modules. Telefónica’s extensive network coverage in Europe, the Americas and China fits perfectly with our global modem compatibility approach,” said Armin Boeshenz, VP Sales for u-blox EMEA, “Our common goal is to make it as quick and easy as possible for Telefónica’s M2M customers to design and deploy a wide range of M2M devices based on high-quality, pre-approved u-blox modules.”
According to Surya Mendonça, Global M2M director at Telefónica Digital, these modules certification is a good example of how Telefónica’s program can help its partners to focus on their businesses. “We provide our clients with all the know-how of machine-to-machine technology in order to assure that their M2M solutions are working properly”, highlights Mendonça.