05 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
China Unicom and Telefónica are to combine their services and networks in the internet of things (IoT) to accelerate deployment around the world.
The companies said that, under the partnership, which was
signed in Madrid, the two companies will have access to each
other’s networks and deploy their IoT
Vicente Muñoz, chief IoT officer at Telefónica,
said: "We are leveraging IoT technologies to accompany our
customers on their digital transformation journey, where IoT
has a very important role to play."
The agreement will allow the enterprise customers of each
company "to use the best IoT technologies and accelerate the
deployment of global IoT connectivity solutions in their
businesses", said Telefónica.
Customers of Telefónica and China Unicom will be able to
deploy IoT products and services seamlessly in China, Europe
and Latin America with a single global IoT SIM card.
"Using a unified IoT connectivity management platform they
will be able to control connections globally and to localise
IoT SIMs once they reach a geography, complying with GSMA
standards," said Telefónica.
Muñoz added: "Simplifying massive IoT deployments is key
and therefore we are strengthening our ecosystem of partners.
Our partnership with China Unicom will strengthen
Telefónica’s capability to meet our global
internet of things,