Telefónica inks M2M alliance with Turkey's Avea

Telefónica unveiled a collaborative agreement with the Turkish mobile operator Avea to jointly develop machine-to-machine business opportunities.

The agreement, which Telefónica Digital unit, covers the provisioning of global M2M solutions, international roaming agreements and the development of technological standards. The companies also said the deal is the first in Turkish telecommunications industry to be launched on M2M.

"This cooperation with Avea will help us in further developing novel vertical solutions and widen our coverage," Carlos Morales, director of M2M at Telefónica Digital, said in a statement. "Telefónica will gain privilege access to the Turkish market whereas Avea will leverage on Telefónica´s capabilities of network coverage, long experience of providing wireless M2M communication solutions and its leading market position in core European markets and Latin-America."

The partnership will also focus on widening the collaboration framework to include a large number of markets, which could see other operators join the alliance. By increasing the scope of this M2M initiative, the two operators are looking to boost the sale of this type of service and simplify pricing to offer a better quality range to numerous markets.

The scope of the M2M agreement covers the development of services in industry sectors such as transportation, smart cities, home automation, energy efficiency, mobile and healthcare.

Commenting on the agreement, Kadir Boysan, chief strategy officer of Avea (part of Turk Telekom group), said the deal would lead to the launch of new products and services within the Turkish market through the support of local research and development activities. "Being a prominent technology provider in Turkey; we intend to open up a new era in M2M communications for all our customers, individual and corporate, by means of our cooperation with Telefónica, a gigantic global telecommunications service provider," he said.

For more:
- see this Telefónica release

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