Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Personal and Jasper Launch Scalable Worldwide M2M Solutions

Argentinian mobile operator Personal has partnered with Jasper, a global provider of cloud-based platforms for the Internet of Things (IoT), to offer M2M connectivity to the operator’s business customers. The partnership offers Personal’s business subscribers a scalable solution that enables them to manage their M2M services around the world. Personal will offer the services in several vertical markets.

As we have written previously, IoT connections are predicted to total 26 billion worldwide by 2020. According to reports, the value of the M2M market in Latin America is expected to grow from US $4.6 billion in 2014 to US $8.2 billion by the end of 2019. While Argentina is not in the same league as the region’s leaders, Mexico and Brazil, in terms of service and speed—the country has yet to launch 4G service—current reports estimate that its internet service will be well within range of the region’s average by 2018. As M2M connectivity continues to increase in Argentina, the country’s mobile operators need to create services that will provide their business customers not only connectivity for M2M applications but also value-added services through M2M solutions. These can be created by partnering with M2M platform vendors such as Jasper. In terms of subscriber numbers, there is very little disparity in market share among Argentina’s three main mobile operators, and Personal’s partnership with Jasper is not an innovative one, as both Claro and Movistar already have partnerships with M2M solution vendors. So while Personal’s collaboration with Jasper may not result in any new subscribers, the deal should keep the MNO in line with its competitors.

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