TeliaSonera Global M2M Services is implementing a new dedicated machine-to-machine (M2M) platform from Ericsson, designed to allow it to deploy and manage connectivity for M2M solutions across geographical markets and multiple industries on an industrial scale. TeliaSonera and Ericsson have entered into an agreement under which the Swedish-owned firm will implement the Ericsson Device Connection Platform, delivered as a service by Ericsson. The new platform, which will be used mainly for the Nordic and Baltic markets, will become a core component of TeliaSonera’s M2M strategy. A press release states that M2M business from a mobile operator’s perspective entails deploying and managing large volumes of mobile subscriptions, on an industrial scale, and the new platform will provide flexibility to partners and customers in the entire end-to-end process of deploying and managing mobile subscriptions for solutions that include M2M functionality. This new functionality enables embedded connectivity in products and solutions, automated management of large volumes of mobile subscriptions (contributing to lower total costs for partners and customers) and full control and overview of all mobile subscriptions through a web portal or through direct integration (API).
TeliaSonera estimates there will be more than one billion connected devices in the Nordics and Baltics by 2020, of which 100 million will be connected to mobile networks. The agreement with Ericsson is part of a strategic partnership between the companies, to harness the potential of the fast growing M2M market, projected to achieve double digit growth in coming years. As a founding member of the Global M2M Association, TeliaSonera aims to extend connectivity and customer services globally to M2M solutions through a network of operators.