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Ericsson, XL Indonesia Partner in First M2M deal in South East Asia.

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February 05, 2013

Ericsson, XL Indonesia Partner in First M2M deal in South East Asia.

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

When M2M businesses want to launch their connected devices, they need to go beyond mere business focus. They need to get the expertise required, to integrate business support systems with the mobile network and address the multiple challenges that come in its wake. That's why XL Indonesia decided to partner with Ericsson (News - Alert) in a first M2M deal in South East Asia.

“This strategic partnership is in line with Ericsson's vision that there will be 50 billion connected devices around the world - mainly through M2M - by 2020,” said Sam Saba (News - Alert), president director of Ericsson Indonesia.

Ericsson is expected to provide M2M connectivity delivered as a service through its device connection platform (DCP. This platform effectively removes entry barriers and allows M2Ms to scale exponentially. It can be used to deploy, manage and monetize several M2M consumer electronics devices, according to company officials.

With an M2M platform, XL's enterprise customers can monitor devices anytime and anywhere, access information accurately and integrate into existing systems. Further it will provide XL flexibility in offering end-to-end M2M products and services to enterprise customers. The DCP platform offers XL the opportunity to increase revenue, decrease operational costs, as well as shorten time to market.

XL's current M2M offerings include smart metering and point of sales services, fleet management, logistics and delivery, personal tracking and mobile surveillance. Ericsson will help XL to accelerate its M2M plans and also allow XL and its related companies to grow.

DCP is expected to benefit operators by addressing new revenue streams from a variety of devices and also reduce the cost of connecting them. In addition, the platform provides access to key functionalities.

Dian Siswarini, director of technology, content and digital Services, observed that XL partnered with a number of companies that are experts in creating M2M applications that help provide relevant and affordable services to the community

Ericsson tested an Internet connection via LTE/4G on board of a jet plane flying 700km/h. The tests reveal that 4G is robust enough to handle extreme situations.

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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