SoftBank, Bell Mobility Join Global M2M Association

Selling mobile services to operators of sensor networks, services and applications widely is seen as among the best prospects for the next wave of revenue growth in the mobile business.

That is one reason why some have argued that mobile penetration eventually will reach 400 percent: “subscriptions” will be purchased for people to use, as well as by enterprises supplying services and apps that use mobile networks for communications.

Often seen as underpinning the “Internet of Things,” machine-to-machine services are viewed as an opportunity that will support users in multiple verticals and industries, ranging from health care, transportation and utilities to connected cars.

One sign of interest is that SoftBank Mobile and Bell Mobility have joined the Global M2M Association (GMA), which counts Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera among its initial members.

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 Global M2M Association says.

Established in February 2011, the Global M2M Association is based on a service cooperation agreement between Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera, “to deliver best-in-class, enhanced and seamless M2M services globally and to maximize the business benefits of customers,” the association says.

The participating parties expect the participating carriers will be able to offer customers enhanced quality of service, M2M roaming services and interoperability across a global footprint.  
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