Mobile operators to create IoT community in Asia Pacific

The GSMA has announced that fourteen mobile operators across the Asia Pacific region, including Celcom, Dialog, DTAC, M1, Maxis, Ncell, Optus, Robi, Smart, Smartfren, Singtel, True, XL and Xpand have joined the GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Programme, the company said.

The APAC IoT Programme represents the largest Internet of Things (IoT) community in the region, with over 500 partners including mobile operators, consultants, developers, manufacturers, system integrators and vertical solution providers, amongst others, and is set to grow to over 2,000 partners by 2020.

As the largest IoT market in the world, the Asia Pacific region is expected to account for 11 billion connections and represent a revenue opportunity of USD 386 billion by 2025, according to GSMA Intelligence.

A key focus of the programme is the support of IoT Labs, which are being set up by operators across the region to encourage the development of new IoT products and services. The Labs are a key requirement for collaboration and encourage the joint development of new use cases, services and applications, and enable IoT innovations to be effectively deployed.

All operators in the programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure that the coordination and output among the IoT Labs is consistent with IoT standards regionally and globally.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.