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Tele2 to provide M2M connectivity for energy player Vattenfall

Iain Morris
June 24, 2014
European telecoms operator Tele2 says it will provide connectivity solutions to energy player Vattenfall Group, which operates businesses throughout the region.

One of Europe’s largest generators of electricity, Vattenfall (Stockholm, Sweden) appears to see the partnership as a way of centralizing its M2M connectivity solutions across the European market.

Previously, Vattenfall had relied on services from a variety of mobile network operators in the region, and the company hopes to reduce costs and streamline M2M deployments through the use of a single connectivity provider.

“The Vattenfall Group is one of the larger European players within the field of energy and utilities,” said Rami Avidan, the head of Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) M2M global solutions. “We are extremely delighted that the Vattenfall Group has chosen Tele2 as the supplier for their connectivity across Europe.”

“This contract is another proof point that Tele2’s global M2M offering is highly competitive and attractive on the market,” he added.

According to the operator’s statement, Tele2 will provide Vattenfall with connectivity and connectivity management services to support existing operations within energy and utilities as well as future expansion.

Vattenfall has recently been making a push into the smart home opportunity, joining the QIVICON-branded smart home alliance that is the brainchild of Germany telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom.

A new product called Vattenfall Smart Home allows customers to control heating, lighting and other household appliances from inside or outside the home.

Tele2, meanwhile, has made the sale of M2M products and services a strategic priority, having launched a new global M2M business in November 2013.

Since then, Tele2 has been investing in personnel and IT systems in the M2M area, claiming that its advanced platform, dedicated M2M support function and skilled team allow it to provide a “simple, flexible and customer-oriented” M2M alternative.

Also claiming to be one of Europe’s fastest-growing operators, Tele2 last year reported revenues of SEK30 billion ($4.5 billion) and an operating profit of SEK6 billion.
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