du expands Vodafone partnership to boost UAE M2M business services

Du said an extended partnership deal with Vodafone will enable it to beef up the machine-to-machine (M2M) services it offers to businesses throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Dubai-headquartered operator said the expanded partnership with Vodafone will pave the way for the provision of new technology that allows for more complex data to be shared over the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The improvement in data sharing capability in turn offers du the ability to provide more sophisticated M2M services to UAE-based businesses, the operator explained in a statement.

Du said the extended partner agreement with Vodafone combines its local market knowledge with the latter's expertise in M2M.

Vodafone was recently ranked as the top global M2M provider by Machina Research, in terms of its overall strategy.

In its statement, du said the combined expertise of the two operators is an important step towards providing the technology needed to bring UAE smart city initiatives to fruition.

The operator said it will initially leverage the expanded Vodafone partnership to boost its connected car strategy, with a focus on enhancing safety, connecting drivers with garages and emergency services, and improving in-car infotainment.

Du will also leverage its Vodafone collaboration to explore options for providing mobile health services such as remote patient care.

"Working with the global leader for M2M means du customers will get the very best technology has to offer," said Carlos Domingo, senior executive officer for New Businesses and Innovation at du. "Access to Vodafone's impressive network of global partners also ensures our programme of driving innovation in the UAE will continue to gather pace," Domingo added.

Erik Brenneis, director of M2M at Vodafone, said the operator is tapping into "an atmosphere of innovation an energy" among businesses in the UAE, and that the expanded deal with du "will help to bring a world class capability" to those enterprises by enabling them to "take full advantage of the opportunities from the Internet of Things."

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