IoT Deal Between Singtel and China Mobile
A Master Services Agreement between Singtel and China Mobile International Ltd has just been signed. This move was done to increase the enterprise adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) services in Asia-Pacific.
Singtel is the largest mobile network operator in Singapore. Additionally, China Mobile International Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile, a state-owned telco company.
The Master Services Agreement will enable both companies’ enterprise customers to deploy IoT devices in consumer electronics, cars, and industrial equipment in Singapore and China. This partnership allows the business customers of China Mobile International to deploy their IoT devices onto Singtel’s network in Singapore, without the need to manually configure the devices or switch networks. Similarly, Singtel’s enterprise customers will enable them to use their own IoT solutions or devices onto China Mobile’s network in China.
The partnership will also provide both companies’ customers a common management platform that will allow the control of their devices in both countries. At the same time, this will also give the customers network visibility in both Singapore and China.
Diomedes Kastanis, Singtel’s head of IoT, said “The partnership reinforces the synergy of our combined extensive networks in China and Singapore to generate economies of scale, allowing enterprises to accelerate the expansion of their IoT footprints in the two countries. Our partnership with an established leader like China Mobile International cements our commitment to empowering enterprises with the right capabilities to reap the full potential of IoT, starting with connectivity.”
Singtel will also offer China Mobile International’s suite of NB-IoT products and a device management platform to customers in Singapore. NB-IoT is a cost-effective and power-efficient technology that works on low power networks, which enables a wide range of commercial uses such as smart metering for utilities, powering connected health and industrial appliances, and smart city infrastructure.
Mr. Andrew Niu is the Chief Partnership Officer at China Mobile International Limited. He said, “Future-ready businesses with footholds in multiple markets win by delivering consistently superior customer experiences based on insights derived from data. This is only possible with the support of a robust IoT infrastructure and network that spans across countries. This is why we are very excited to partner with Singtel, and provide organisations with the game-changer that they need to harness the power of IoT and thrive in today’s digital economy.”
The IoT s the network of devices such as vehicles, home appliances, software, sensors, and actuators. The IoT connectivity allows these things to connect, interact and exchange data.
IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. The connectivity extends to any range of traditionally dumb or non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.
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