14 Mobile Operators Join GSMA to Create Largest IoT Community in APAC

A major focus of the IoT Partnership programme is to offer support to the IoT labs that are being established by partners for encouraging the growth of new IoT solutions, products and services

The GSMA, trade body representing interests of mobile network operators worldwide, announced that fourteen leading mobile operators across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region have joined the its internet of things (IoT) Partnership Programme. The mobile operators which joined the programme include Celcom, DTAC, Dialog, M1, Ncell, Maxis, Optus, Robi, Smartfren, Smart, Singtel, True, Xpand and XL.

Largest IoT Community in APAC

The GSMA APAC IoT Programme represents the biggest IoT community in the region, having more than 500 partners that include mobile operators, developers, consultants, system integrators, manufacturers and vertical solution providers. The programme is set to grow to more than 2,000 partners by 2020.

The APAC region is the largest market of IoT in the world and is estimated to have 11 billion connections. The region represents a revenue opportunity of $386 billion by 2025, as per GSMA Intelligence.

Speaking about the programme, Julian Gorman, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA, said, “The IoT is growing rapidly across the Asia Pacific region, with mobile operators working with their partners and the wider ecosystem to drive this expansion.

“This programme will support the development of the IoT by creating a cross-regional IoT community to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing, as well as creating opportunities that benefit both the supply chain and their customers. The programme is already expanding to include other Asia Pacific countries and we welcome new members to join,” Gorman said.

Support to IoT labs

A major focus of the programme is to offer support to the IoT labs that are being established by partners across the APAC region for encouraging the growth of new IoT solutions, products and services. The IoT labs are a major criterion for association. This would push up the collaborative development of new use cases, applications and services, and enable innovations in the IoT to be deployed effectively. Under the programme, all the mobile operators have to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to ensure that there is consistency in the coordination and output among the IoT labs in line with the IoT standards, regionally as well as worldwide.

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