Zain Group and Vodafone partner on M2M services
Partnership will offer M2M services to enterprise and government in Zain's key markets
Zain Group and Vodafone have announced that they will offer machine-to-machine (M2M) services to enterprise and government customers across the region.
The two telecommunication companies have been working together for a number of years, and this development will allow Zain to leverage Vodafone's experience and benefit from the opportunities offered by the exponential growth in M2M and the ‘Internet of Things' across a variety of vertical sectors such as automotive, asset tracking, and smart metering.
Vodafone's expertise in providing smart metering solutions is a key factor underpinning the relationship. Globally, Vodafone has successful projects in India, New Zealand, across Europe, and in the UK where the company is one of the leading smart metering communications service providers.
The agreement builds on an existing Partner Market Agreement, and was finalised at Zain's Business Services and Solutions Expo 2015 held in Kuwait last week.
Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Zain Group commented: "The roll-out of M2M services to our enterprise and individual customers is an important part of our strategic direction in creating a smarter world. The world is only just starting to appreciate the huge potential that comes from the real time monitoring and analysis of the Internet of Things and M2M traffic and the potential benefits of M2M to the communities we serve is far-reaching. Through this partnership with Vodafone, Zain will deliver M2M services to end-users in a cost-effective and scalable manner.
"Zain is transforming to become a digital services provider, and the development of M2M services forms a key building block within this conversion. Our planned entry into the provision of smart city solutions and enterprise services will help us achieve our revenue growth projections, with many of these activities falling under our Zain Digital Frontier and Innovation initiative," he added.
Erik Brenneis, Director of M2M, Vodafone, commented: "M2M is the foundation for the Internet of Things and we are looking forward to supporting Zain and its customers to deliver world class M2M services. There is a huge opportunity for new M2M applications across a whole range of market sectors from connected cars and smart homes to mHealth."
Zain will start rolling out M2M services in the second half of 2015 first in Kuwait on its super-fast nationwide 4G LTE network, with other country operations following.