Antonis Tzortzakakis, chief officer of fixed line and B2B at Greece-based Wind Hellas, promised to deliver a unique Internet of Things (IoT) service to corporate customers after agreeing a supply deal with Telefónica Business Solutions.
Wind Hellas plans to utilise Telefónica Business Solutions Smart m2m (machine-to-machine) platform to manage and control its IoT services for its business users in a move that Tzortzakakis said will enable companies to “boost productivity and efficiency” and take “Greek businesses to the next level of wireless connectivity”.
In a statement announcing the deal, Telefónica Business Solutions said its IoT platform offers end-to-end management and control systems for M2M communication including real-time consumption monitoring, supervision and global tracking. Fraud detection and prevention measures are also incorporated, including the ability to restrict communication between a set of devices. The wholesale company added that the IoT platform also enables flexible communication plans to be offered to end-users.
Andrés Escribano, Telefonica’s IoT connectivity director, said the platform “also offers an open ecosystem allowing third parties to connect to the platform and, in the short term, will include new access technologies integration demanded by customers and the market” citing low-power wide-area (LPWA), satellite and Wi-Fi as examples. “Smart m2m is at the edge of the IoT platforms technology,” he added.
Tzortzakakis said that Wind Hellas’ investments in 4G, 4G+ and fibre networks will help to ensure that its business customers “get the most out of” the IoT services. Telefónica Business Solutions noted that a key benefit of its Smart m2m platform is that the Greek operator will not need to embark on a complex programme of integration. Wind Hellas will also be able to utilise existing services including support, ordering, device management, business intelligence, analytics and secure IoT.
Juan Revilla, wholesale business unit CEO at Telefónica, said the agreement with Wind Hellas is also a feather in the cap for his company’s Telco4Telco strategy, which sees the operator offer “a wide range of digital services and platforms such as IoT, security, cloud, big data and consultancy services to our wholesale customers”.