O2 UK scores major M2M smart meter contract

G4S Utility Services awarded Telefónica's O2 UK one of the largest M2M deals in the UK market, according to the operator. The multimillion-pound deal will see O2 UK deploying 70,000 SIM cards per month to meet G4S's peak rate requirements.

The five-year deal calls for O2 UK to provide up to 1.4 million SIM cards and support the delivery of services in the energy market.

"The energy sector is a key area of focus for our M2M team and I am delighted that we have been able to extend our partnership with G4S Utility Services," Gilli Coston, head of M2M at O2 UK, said in a statement. "This agreement truly takes the M2M market and in particular our offering to another level. We are constantly evolving our offering into the market with an ambition of providing a whole new range of services which changes what our customers and partners are able to leverage in terms of technologies and what they in turn can offer to the market."

The G4S sale is an extension of a contract awarded by the firm to O2UK in March 2011 for a range of services including areas such as data transfer and security.

Last week, Telefónica Digital CEO Matthew Key told Telecoms.com that M2M would be a major focus of the division over the coming months.

For more:
- see this O2 UK statement
- see this Telecoms.com article

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