China Telecom has signed an IoT business partnership agreement with Bridge Alliance, enabling the telco to provide IoT and M2M services to multinational enterprise customers across Bridge Alliance’s footprint.
Bridge Alliance is a mobile alliance covering 34 countries or regions in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The non-exclusive agreement leverages the alliance’s technical and commercial capabilities to provide homogenous solutions across its footprint. This enables China Telecom’s customers to tap the simplicity of one single integration with China Telecom and the full support and service quality of local alliance-affiliated networks.
By the same token, the partnership enables other Bridge Alliance members to extend their IoT services to China.
As both China Telecom and Bridge Alliance operators have deployed common connectivity platforms, international enterprise customers can have the same experience when deploying their solutions across the alliance footprint. China Telecom will support different collaboration models with alliance members for such connectivity requirements into China.
According to IDC, the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) is forecasted to spend $455 billion on IoT investment by 2021.