Docomo pushes global M2M service
Expands alliance with Jasper Wireless to provide web-based services for multinational customers managing M2M worldwide
Published: 7 December, 2012
NTT Docomo of Japan is expanding its machine-to-machine (M2M) services on a global basis as the major cellcos look to create broad platforms in this area. A platform approach, as seen at Vodafone, Telefonica and others, promises a higher role in the value chain than merely supporting M2M connectivity, embracing SIM management, security, applications and vertical optimization.
A few operators, notably Vodafone, have developed their own platform, incorporating many of the core network functions of their conventional networks, but most rely on third party offerings, such as those from Ericsson or Jasper Wireless. The latter counts AT&T among its customers and is also powering the Docomo service.
This will enable enterprises to manage their M2M devices and applications round the world from a single web portal. The service will span 200 countries, with typical early target sectors including vehicle fleet management. The web interface can be used for real time monitoring of data usage and communication fees, and will handle remote activation and deactivation of SIM cards and connections, plus frontline fault detection.
This move reflects a broader strategy at Docomo, to leave behind the insularity of recent years and become a global player - not by acquiring subsidiaries round the world, as it tried over a decade ago, but by pushing its services platforms to multinational customers and carrier partners.
Docomo and Jasper announced their alliance in February though it was focused on Japan then, with a particular interest in automotive and m-health segments, as well as smart meters. Jasper's platform provides the operator with apps and services which it says can accelerate uptake of M2M connectivity, by providing tailored value-adds for certain verticals.