Mobile operators team up to back global M2M standard

Mobile operators team up to back global M2M standard

Mobile operators have teamed up to back the GSMA’s plan to introduce a global M2M standard.

Telefonica Vivo has become the latest to join 23 operators in lending its support to the project which aims to accelerate the mobile industry towards adopting M2M solutions.

The GSMA stressed the importance of adopting a global M2M standard, claiming it will unite operators to take advantage of the ‘tremendous opportunity’ in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

One way in which the GSMA plans to introduce a global standard is through the use of commercial solutions, such as its Embedded SIM Specification. So far 11 operators have started to use this feature, which involves embedding SIMs within M2M devices which can then be remotely controlled.

The trade body explained that in the current market there are a number of physical or environment constraints when it comes to removing or changing SIM cards in M2M devices.

By using embedded SIMs, the Association claims that operators can use an ‘over the air’ method to remotely change M2M device subscriptions in smart meters or connected cars.

The GSMA believes that the technology will boost the number of M2M devices operators can connect to, claiming it will provide seamless connectivity.

‘It is clear that the industry is united behind this global standard which allows mobile operators to provide scalable, reliable and secure connectivity for a range of diverse services such as smart meters, traffic lights and home security, among many others,’ said Alex Sinclair, acting director general and CTO, GSMA.

‘With commercial solutions already available today, we encourage additional operators and ecosystem players to adopt the specification in order to capitalise on the tremendous market opportunity enabled by the IoT.’





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