Telefónica and KPN are the latest operators to announce an M2M connectivity deal with Tesla Motors.

The two M2M World Alliance partners will provide connectivity for Tesla’s Model S in Germany and the UK on Telefónica’s O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands and Belgium on KPN’s network.

The deal follows a similar one TeliaSonera signed with Tesla last November that covers Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

Specifically, Telefónica said its Jasper Wireless-powered M2M platform will enable connectivity for Tesla’s in-car infotainment service, which includes navigation, music, internet browsing and remote vehicle diagnostics.

The Tesla Model S was launched in 2012.

Jose Luis Gamo, CEO at Telefónica Multinational Solutions, said Tesla is one of the world’s most forward thinking and exciting businesses.

He added: “As we accelerate our transformation into a digital telco we see lots of opportunities to empower consumers. Connected cars that provide drivers with more information and a better and safer driving experience is a perfect example of this. We share [Tesla’s] passion for innovation and are thrilled to be working with them to deliver a superb connected in-car experience.”

According to the Spain-based operator’s Connected Car Industry 2013 report, the number of vehicles with built-in connectivity will increase from 10 percent of the overall market today to 90 percent by 2020.

Jimmy Wind, Managing Director M2M/New Business at KPN commented: "This [deal] is a great example of how the M2M World Alliance delivers simple and effective solutions to major multinational customers.”

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