Mobile operators in the APAC region have teamed up to provide M2M products and services. The list includes the Philippines' Globe Telecom, Indian Bharti Airtel, Thailand's AIS, Hong Kong's CSL, Malaysian Maxis, Australian Optus, a subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications, SingTel itself, South Korean SK Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Vietnam's MobiFone and Indonesian Telkomsel, all of them participating in the Bridge Alliance mobile consortium. The new initiative will be named the Bridge M2M Alliance, TelecomAsia.com reports. M2M, or machine to machine, refers to technology that allows for both wireless and wired communication between devices.
The alliance will seek partnerships and offer customers M2M capabilities across the APAC region as the alliance members cover the markets of Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan. Their agreement, the telcos said, envisages commercial and technological cooperation across different industries, including vehicle telemetry, energy management and security. They will also aim to improve the quality of M2M services, including interoperability and customer support, in order to boost customer experience with the services.
The chief executive of the Bridge Alliance, Alessandro Adriani, said that multinational corporates are finding it hard to operate in Asia due to the great variety of economies, technological advancement and regulatory regimes that they need to navigate. The mobile operators that make up the new Bridge M2M Alliance are committed to helping their customers deal with these challenges.
The APAC region has another alliance dedicated to M2M which involves Japan's NTT DoCoMo, Australia's Telstra and SingTel.
Justin Birch | Managing Director | APAC