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Indonesian telecom firm, Ericsson take on enterprise M2M

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:M2M? mobile devices? subscription management?

Ericsson has teamed up with an Indonesian mobile telecom services operator XL Axiata to develop M2M products and services for the enterprise. Ericsson will utilise its Device Connection Platform (DCP) to deploy, manage, and monetise various M2M and consumer electronics devices.

The DCP platform offers XL the opportunity to increase revenue and decrease operational costs, as well as shorten time to market. With an M2M platform, XL's enterprise customers gain the ability to monitor devices anytime and anywhere, access information quickly and accurately, and integrate easily into existing systems. XL's current M2M offerings include smart metering and point of sales solutions, fleet management, logistics and delivery, personal tracking and mobile surveillance.

In addition, Ericsson will utilise its local and global expertise to accelerate XL's M2M go-to-market plans, while the ecosystem created by DCP will allow for mutually beneficial business growth for both XL and its related companies.

"Enterprises have to address multiple challenges to launch their connected devices, and they often need to acquire expensive expertise beyond their business focus. For example, they need to build or integrate Business Support Systems with mobile operators' networks in order to manage and support their day-to-day operations," said Sam Saba, Director of Ericsson Indonesia.

In a similar vein, Ericsson will utilise its DCP platform in its partnership with digital security company Gemalto. The joint venture will seek to offer an integrated M2M solution based on eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) subscription management technology.

M2M device makers today need to manage a number of variable parameters when manufacturing and issuing their devices. Firstly, the country where the device will be sold or the network they will connect to is not known. Secondly, the UICC are at an increasingly pace soldered into devices at the manufacturing stage. Finally, the durability of the device could imply a change in the connectivity provider during its lifecycle.

The combination of Ericsson's and Gemalto's platforms, fully operated, reduces complexity of M2M deployments for mobile network operators and offers investment scalability. The solution also remotely manages all kinds of devices without the need to change the eUICC during the entire life cycle of a device. For operators, the partnership means they get one integrated and streamlined M2M connectivity solution.

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