At the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow, Ericsson has announced a strategic cooperation with Russian mobile giant MegaFon, to develop the market around machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. Under the agreement, MegaFon plans to use Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform to cost effectively manage a large number of connected devices and machines for enterprises. Ericsson will provide MegaFon with consultation services and utilities market research, as well as systems integration services. In addition to experience of the worldwide M2M market, Ericsson will offer MegaFon support in offering services to enterprises from different industries, in order to leverage efficiencies along their customers’ value chain from production to distribution.
Oleg Butenko, CEO of MegaLabs, a wholly-owned MegaFon subsidiary focusing on the development of innovative solutions, commented: ‘We see this partnership as a good opportunity to develop M2M technologies in Russia. The M2M segment is now in its infancy, primarily because the market itself has not been formed. MegaLabs and Ericsson are jointly working to develop this new solution to the benefit of MegaFon subscribers … We believe that this partnership and solution may help our customers leverage the full potential of their M2M connectivity, and enhance our vertical solutions portfolio’. The pilot phase is set to be launched December 2012.