Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has inked a partnership deal with Swiss incumbent Swisscom to develop the machine-to-machine (M2M) market. Swisscom will offer M2M services to its business customers using Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform. Trials of the service are expected to start later this month, with a view to a full commercial launch in summer.
The head of Swisscom’s corporate and business unit, Urs Schaeppi, said: ‘We are entering this partnership – in which Ericsson supports us not only with its M2M connectivity platform, but also with its extensive experience of the worldwide M2M market – with the clear ambition not only to be first in an emerging market, but also to provide our customers with the kind of superior offering they are used to from us. Our ambition is to provide enterprise customers with a scalable, easy-to-configure-and-maintain, telecom-grade solution that helps them to leverage the full potential of their M2M connectivity and gain a competitive advantage.’
Meanwhile, Swisscom has launched a HD voice service for its residential customers which increases clarity and reduces background noise. The service is free of charge, but requires both callers to be 3G subscribers, using HD voice-enabled handsets. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Swisscom had signed up 5.98 million wireless customers by end-September 2011, of which three million were 3G subscribers.