Telecom Italia has joined TeliaSonera, Orange and Deutsche Telekom in the operator-led Global M2M Association (GMA).
Founded in February 2011, the GMA is based on a service cooperation agreement between the four operators and has as its goal the delivery of “best-in-class, enhanced and seamless M2M services globally” across multiple sectors.
The addition of Telecom Italia enables the GMA to offer global coverage, including an "umatched" European footprint of 28 countries, or 94 percent of the European population.
“We are excited to enter into this cooperation agreement with three key players in Europe, enabling us to offer the most comprehensive M2M solutions across all sectors,” said Lucy Lombardi, EVP Industry Relations & Cross Business Initiatives at Telecom Italia.
“The GMA demonstrates our collective commitment for continued collaboration in the interest of our customers and the M2M ecosystem.”
Mario Polosa, Director of the M2M Project Office at Telecom Italia, added: “The M2M market is already moving quickly, with customers demanding harmonized service architectures without borders. We are firmly convinced that the GMA model is the best solution to consolidate and develop domestic and global opportunities together with our partners.”
Specifically, the GMA has committed to enhancing roaming quality, a module certification programme to provide a unified and industrialised approach toward M2M product specifications as well as developing partnerships and fostering innovation.
Last July, KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom formed a rival alliance based around the Jasper Wireless platform.