Wyless, the global M2M managed services provider, and SingTel, the Asian ICT services provider, announced this morning that they will partner to offer machine-to-machine, or M2M, services in the Asia-Pacific market.
M2M is the term that describes when Internet-connected ("smart") machines can communicate with each other. It has also been referred to as "the Internet of Things," and is of particular interest to telecommunications companies, on whose networks this communication must occur.
The deal gives Wyless a huge boost in the APAC market; SingTel is a powerful company in the region and has enough presence to speed deployment of M2M services in Singapore, Australia, India, Japan and China. (The company promises it "in just 30 days.") It also has existing partnerships with mobile operators (such as Optus Business in Australia) to leverage.
Their pitch to customers: work with us, and you won't have to redesign your product with every new market, because we've got them all covered.