News that Vodafone Business and América Móvil have announced an IoT partnership, that, they say, makes it easier than ever for customers to connect devices globally, could be a significant boost for IoT deployment.
The companies, two of the world's leading Internet of Things (IoT) service providers, say that the agreement will make it simpler and more efficient for IoT customers of both companies to deploy international IoT solutions by combining their respective IoT platforms and their expertise in IoT connectivity and services.
More specifically, it means that Vodafone Business customers will be able to connect IoT devices across América Móvil’s home turf of Latin America and that América Móvil IoT clients will have access to Vodafone’s vast network.
The advantages of this partnership are said to include that it will help simplify access to the global opportunities that IoT brings and that customers will also be able to rely on the local knowledge and expertise of each partner to comply with local regulations.
It’s certainly true that IoT is an enormous opportunity for an increasing number of businesses and the telecommunications companies that serve them. In fact the partners cite a recent IDC study that forecasts that the Latin America region will see the fastest IoT spending growth. The same study, incidentally, suggests that steady commercial and consumer adoption will drive worldwide spending on the Internet of Things to $1.1 trillion in 2023.
However, it’s early days yet and we will have to wait for more precise details of how this alliance of two of the biggest players in the telecoms world will pursue its aims in this fascinating, but still developing, market.