China Telecom partners on IoT with Bridge Alliance
The telco will offer IoT, M2M services to enterprise customers in Asia and the Middle East
China Telecom signed an IoT business partnership agreement with Bridge Alliance, which would enable the Chinese 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.
Under the agreement, Bridge Alliance members can now extend their IoT services to China through China Telecom. 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 footprint of China Telecom and Bridge Alliance, the two entities said. China Telecom will support different collaboration models with Bridge Alliance members for such connectivity requirements into China.
“We are excited to join Bridge Alliance as a business partner. China Telecom has a strong portfolio of multinational enterprise customers who are looking to deploy their products and services across the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions,” said Deng Xiao Feng, managing director of global business department of China Telecom. “China Telecom is also ready to support any inbound opportunities from the member operators into China. With the supporting common platform and the business opportunities across these different regions, we are confident this partnership will be a mutually beneficial and win-win business collaboration.”
“With the growing China market, the addition of China Telecom to Bridge Alliance’s network of partners will certainly bolster our position to serve our global enterprise customers better. We look forward to future collective wins and co-innovating with China Telecom,” said Eileen Tan, CEO of Bridge Alliance.
Some of the Bridge Alliance members include Optus (Australia), China Unicom, Airtel (India), Telkomsel (Indonesia), Softbank (Japan), Globel (Philippines), Singtel (Singapore), SK Telecom (South Korea), Taiwan Mobile, Viva (Kuwait) and Turk Telecom (Turkey).