VimpelCom has signed up Cisco Jasper to help it push into the Internet of Things.

The operator will deploy the vendor’s Control Centre platform, which allows companies to implement, manage, and monetise M2M/IoT services, across its footprint.

It cited fleet management and smart metering as two types of services that its enterprise customers could benefit from.

If required, Cisco Jasper will also help these companies to expand beyond the 14 markets in which VimpelCom operates.

The US-based company partners with 120 mobile operators around the world.

The deal with VimpelCom is the second that Cisco Jasper has won since the two companies merged earlier this year.

Last month, Taiwan Mobile became the first operator to commit.

Eugène Viskovic, VimpelCom Group Chief Business Officer, said: “VimpelCom is focused on developing its digital strategy and the Group is investing in new and innovative technologies that will enable our customers to fully embrace the digital economy, now and in the future. This partnership will provide our business customers with new technologies such as M2M and IoT.”

Kalle Ward, Managing Director EMEAR, IoT Cloud at Cisco Jasper, added: “Our collaboration with VimpelCom will enable enterprises to pioneer industry transformation, introduce new business models, and create never-before-seen, high-value experiences for their customers.” 

Cisco announced plans to cut up to 5,500 jobs in August as it attempts to focus on growth areas such as the IoT.

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