MegaFon partners with Ericsson for M2M

MegaFon partners with Ericsson for M2M

Russian carrier MegaFon has entered into a partnership with Ericsson to enhance its M2M enterprise offering.

MegaFon will use Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform to manage connected devices and machines for enterprise customers.

The cloud-based platform is designed to allow operators to cater to a variety of different industry needs and address new revenue streams from different devices. It also offers subscription management, device management and operator and enterprise self service portals.

“We see this partnership as a good opportunity to develop M2M technologies in Russia. The M2M segment is now in its infancy, primarily because the market itself has not been formed,” said Oleg Butenko, CEO of MegaFon subsidiary MegaLabs.

“We expect the solution to help our customers efficiently monitor M2M SIM cards and choose the best tariff options. We believe that this partnership and solution may help our customers leverage the full potential of their M2M connectivity, and enhance our vertical solutions portfolio."

As part of the agreement, Ericsson will also support MegaFon in offering services to enterprises from different industries to achieve efficiencies.

Dmitry Maselsky, head of Ericsson Russia, estimates that by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices worldwide, over two billion of which will be in Russia.

“Connectivity across a massive number and variety of devices will help businesses reach new efficiencies, and we will fully support MegaFon in capturing new revenue streams and opportunities," he said.

The pilot phase of the agreement is set to be launched in December 2012.

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