Tele 2 AB is all set to take a giant leap in Internet of Things (IoT). In three different initiatives, the company has signed up for IoT projects, making its growth in the area highly visible.
In the first initiative, Tele 2 AB has collaborated with IBM to cooperate on the IoT projects of European business enterprises, especially on developinh new IoT projects and business models. Under the agreement, IBM will leverage its Watson IoT platform and Global Business Solutions (GBS) consulting approach and Tele 2 AB will offer the connectivity services. The duo intends to bring IoT, Big Data analytics and cognitive capabilities in services such as asset management, location-based services, connected products etc.
To make things easier for the companies, IBM and Tele 2 AB will offer IoT starter kit. This kit, comprising of SIM cards and an integration into IBM Bluemix will enable business operators to quickly start developing IoT solutions. IBM and Tele 2 AB will help in implementation and cloud-based services.
Speaking about the project, Louise Skordby, Executive, European Digital Operations Leader IBM, said, “I am convinced that by combining our respective strengths, IBM and Tele2 we will be able to offer powerful new solutions for businesses across Europe enabling them to leverage the power of the Internet of Things.”
In another IoT project, Tele2 AB will construct a network specifically catering the Internet of Things (IoT), covering the Greater Gothenburg area. This network will give the business enterprises to test and develop new business models and applications of IoT. According to Tele 2 AB, this new network will be ideal for lower bandwidth applications. Also, the battery consumption of these IoT linked devices will be less and the hardware will be of lower price.
Talkpool AB, an IoT ecosystem enabler and telecom networks specialist will collaborate with Tele 2 AB for this IoT network project. The new network will be up and running from third quarter 2016.
“We are convinced that our customers will need a wide range of new technologies in the IoT field and at Tele2, we want to give them the opportunity to use as many of these new technologies as possible in ways that are both simple and flexible. This launch is a step in that direction,” said Rami Avidan, Managing Director, Tele2 IoT.
In the third IoT initiative, Tele2 AB has won the connectivity business of 1-Fleet Alliance after beating nine other companies in Europe. 1-Fleet Alliance is an association of 17 telematics service providers from across Europe. Under the project, Tele 2 AB will deliver more than 150,000 SIM cards to enable the 1-Fleet Alliance member companies.
“Tele2’s flexible approach and its management platform combined with its attractive pricing and experience in working with a number of 1-Fleet Alliance members were amongst the key reasons for selecting Tele2. On top of that, Tele2 IoT provided outstanding customer support during the trial and testing phase,” commented Tiago Borges, Co-Founder and CEO, Inosat Global on behalf of 1-Fleet Alliance.