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Tele2, L&T target M2M opportunities in transportation industry

Iain Morris
November 5, 2014

Telecoms operator Tele2 says it has formed a M2M partnership with Indian engineering services player L&T Technology Services that will address opportunities in the transportation industry.

The two companies aim to develop new M2M services for transportation companies, with the transportation sector projected to generate $76.1 billion of M2M-related revenues by 2020, up from $10.4 billion in 2014.

Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) and L&T (Gujarat, India) say their tie-up has enormous potential in various parts of the transportation industry, including the auto, aero, rail, shipping and off-highway markets.

One area of interest is the development of new services that would allow passengers to receive updates about departure and arrival times and delays to journeys.

The companies say they also plan to look into remote monitoring of engine performance, which could be of interest to a huge number of companies.

Services in that area would allow data to be gathered automatically and indicate when maintenance needs to be carried out, reducing the risk of damage to the engines.

L&T has considerable experience in the transportation sector, while Tele2 is a leading connectivity player that has made M2M development a strategic priority.

Together, the two players believe they can provide comprehensive and high solutions for transportation customers.

“I am really excited about the partnership with L&T Technology and to see how our different expertise can influence the transportation industry to become even more efficient and cost conscious with new business models,” said Rami Avidan, the head of Tele2 M2M Global Solutions.

Tele2 now claims to serve more than 14 million customers in nine countries and offers a mixture of mobile, fixed broadband and traditional telephony services.

The operator has been making a push into the M2M market, having set up a dedicated M2M division in late 2013.

The partnership with L&T is the second M2M deal it has struck in the last few weeks, and follows a tie-up with cloud services specialist Cubic Telecom (Dublin, Ireland) in October.

Cubic and Tele2 are targeting the automotive sector and say that global enterprise customers will be able to use Cubic’s cloud-based solution to more rapidly deploy and introduce M2M services.
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