The Global M2M Association (GMA), a co-operation in the machine-to-machine (M2M) sector established by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera, has announced the participation in the GMA of SoftBank Mobile and Bell Mobility.
The collaboration of six leading operators in Europe, Asia and North America within the framework of the GMA enables the seamless delivery of advanced M2M services, allowing customers to deploy and effectively manage M2M solutions and innovations across the globe.
The GMA is said to be strongly committed to providing customers with tangible business benefits such as seamless customer experience, enhanced M2M roaming services and optimised interoperability across borders through unified incident management processes, harmonised modules testing and certification procedures, which enable quicker and improved integration into customer machines and devices.
In addition, all of the GMA’s participating companies are said by a spokesperson to be firmly focused on further developing partnerships, enabling “unsurpassed M2M solutions and providing customers with simplified services and faster go-to-market opportunities” across a number of key vertical segments including automotive, vehicle telematics, healthcare, and consumer electronics.
“We see demand for M2M solutions dramatically increasing as our customers in a variety of industries expand their services worldwide,” said Hiroshi Akabori, vice-president at SoftBank Mobile and SoftBank Telecom. “We are extremely proud to now take part in the GMA’s efforts to further enhance and streamline M2M services for customers across the globe.”
“Bell is pleased to be the first Canadian wireless provider within the GMA, significantly expanding our footprint in markets around the world,” said Nauby Jacob, Bell Mobility’s vice-president of Products, Services and Content. “By partnering with the GMA, we are able to offer Canadian business access to international best practices, service and support, improving the management of their M2M deployments worldwide.”
Established in February 2011, the Global M2M Association (GMA) is based on a service co-operation agreement between Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera. This partnership is now extended to Bell Mobility and SoftBank Mobile. Its main focus is to deliver best-in-class, enhanced and seamless M2M services globally and to maximise the business benefits of customers.
The GMA aims to help businesses and organisations to increase the availability of enhanced M2M solutions and innovations, and make them easier to deploy and manage all around the world.
Through this partnership, the participating parties are committed to offer customers enhanced quality of service, M2M roaming services and interoperability across a global footprint, by bringing together their technical and innovation capabilities. This unified approach enables the GMA’s members to improve the incident and troubleshooting procedures and harmonise module standards through joint testing and certification.