Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Tata and China Telecom partner on global IoT service

Steve Rogerson
March 28, 2019
China Telecom and Tata Communications are working together to launch a global IoT service in the Chinese market. The partnership will let companies deploy and manage IoT devices easily and cost-effectively within China and internationally across multiple industries, including consumer and industrial electronics manufacturing, automotive, transport and logistics.
China Telecom and Tata will cooperate to support global IoT opportunities. The Tata Move service leverages the company’s relationships with more than 600 mobile network operators worldwide to ensure that a new IoT-enabled wearable device or automotive system, for example, can be instantly connected, anywhere in the world. With this platform and capabilities, China Telecom will be able to enhance the global reach of its IoT offering, and address the needs of both Chinese and overseas based corporations.
Through this partnership, China Telecom is also providing Tata with connectivity for mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
“Through our Tata Communications Move platform and this partnership with China Telecom Global, we look forward to helping to eliminate the complexities that businesses may face when deploying new IoT devices, and accelerate the time-to-market for new innovative IoT-enabled services in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau,” said Anthony Bartolo, chief product officer with Tata Communications.
Tata can also leverage China Telecom’s 4G network resources to support its customers with IoT connectivity in the Greater China market. For specific vertical industries such as automotive, China Telecom Global will provide Tata with IoT connectivity that is compliant with Chinese market requirements.
According to the China Economic Information Service, China’s IoT industry achieved a compound annual growth rate of more than 25% between 2009 and 2017 and, by the end of 2018, the organisation’s annual IoT industry development report for China valued this market at an estimated CNY1.5tn. Furthermore, GSMA Intelligence expects there to be 13.8 billion industrial IoT connections globally by 2025, with almost a third, or 4.1 billion, of these connections to stem from Greater China.
“We want to grab our share of the rapidly growing Chinese IoT market,” said Deng Xiaofeng, CEO of China Telecom Global. “China Telecom Global is working closely with Tata Communications to pave the way for innovative and advanced IoT solutions across industries. We’re able to offer our customers the borderless, reliable and affordable network connectivity they need for their different IoT devices. As the volume of connected things continues to grow, we are able to give our customers complete visibility and control to make the management of hundreds of thousands of IoT devices easier on a global scale. We also look forward to providing Tata Communications’ customers with reliable IoT connectivity in the Greater China region.”
This partnership means that the multinational customers of China Telecom and Tata Communications will be able to deploy IoT services across each other’s networks and capitalise on the growth of the global IoT market.
“The very nature of IoT in areas like automotive infotainment and air travel means that these things require borderless, secure and scalable connectivity to allow businesses to capture, move and manage the valuable information they generate on a global scale,” said Bartolo.