The operator-backed Global M2M Association (GMA) has announced that Japan’s Softbank Mobile and Canada’s Bell Mobility have joined as it looks to increase its geographical footprint.
The GMA, which was established by Deutsche Telekom, Orange and TeliaSonera in February 2011, aims to develop M2M roaming services and interoperability across borders through unified incident management processes, harmonised modules testing and certification procedures.
Telecom Italia joined the GMA in June this year.
It is active worldwide, but given its founders’ European base, has been looking to extend to countries further afield.
“We see demand for M2M solutions dramatically increasing as our customers in a variety of industries expand their services worldwide," said Hiroshi Akabori, Vice President at SoftBank Mobile and SoftBank Telecom.
Nauby Jacob, Bell Mobility’s Vice President of Products, Services and Content said that the membership will help the firm in improving the management of their M2M deployments worldwide.
Last July, KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom formed a rival alliance based around the Jasper Wireless platform.
Research firm Informa estimates that global revenues from M2M services will double between 2012 and 2017.
Operators in Europe are increasingly embracing M2M technologies and services.
On Wednesday, for example, TeliaSonera has announced it is to provide connectivity for Tesla Motors’ Model S electric vehicle.
Meanwhile, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao revealed his company’s M2M unit has registered growth of 22 percent this year.
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