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M2M multi-operator alliance announces single worldwide SIM card trials on connected management platform

February 25, 2013

News Releases
  • Alliance adds the Middle East’s largest operator, Etisalat, to its
    growing global footprint

  • Live demonstrations of global connectivity solutions on connected
    tablets at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona

TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ – The alliance announced today at Mobile
World Congress 2013 a new member, Etisalat, and demonstration of the
technical capability of the alliance to enable a single worldwide SIM
card via a web-based platform.

Comprised of seven leading mobile operators – KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers
Communications, SingTel, Telefonica, Telstra, VimpelCom and now
Etisalat – the alliance announced last year its intent to bring
technology to market that would simplify the process of global M2M
deployments. As the largest mobile operator coalition in the world, the
alliance aims to eliminate complexity for multinational companies
associated with worldwide deployments of connected devices.

Multinational corporations planning to roll out connected devices
worldwide face a multitude of hurdles, including mobile operators with
limited local coverage, fragmented network landscapes and multiple
connected device platforms. The alliance aims to build the technical
capability to simplify multi-network M2M solutions for multinational
customers in the retail, healthcare, consumer electronics,
transportation and automobiles and energy sectors and on a worldwide
scale.

All members of the alliance offer the leading M2M platform for
enterprises, Jasper Wireless’ Control Center, as part of this solution,
which is connected with the subscription management platform from
Giesecke & Devrient enabling the secure subscription swap
functionality.  The alliance is also open to prospective members who do
not have a partnership with Jasper Wireless.

Throughout Mobile World Congress 2013, alliance members will be
conducting live demonstrations showing the SIM management capabilities
and Over-the-Air (OTA) subscription updates on connected tablets
simulating the real consumer experience.  This intelligent technical
functionality, coupled with the secure wireless subscription management
platform SmartTrust® AirOn™ from Giesecke & Devrient, is a powerful
capability highly sought after by mass-manufacturers of connected
devices.

Throughout the Mobile World Congress 2013 event, demonstrations of the
alliance’s platform and single global SIM card can be seen at the
following booths:

Telefónica SA
Hall 3:  Stand 3B108

NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Hall 6: Stand 6D40

Giesecke & Devrient
Hall 6: Stand 6D70

About KPN
KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the
Netherlands, offering wireline and wireless telephony, internet and TV
to consumers and end-to-end telecom and ICT services to business
customers. In Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a Challenger strategy in
its wireless operations and holds number three market positions through
E-Plus and BASE. KPN provides wholesale network services to third
parties and operates an efficient IP-based infrastructure with global
scale in international wholesale through iBasis. For M2M we offer PAN
European solutions. At December 31st, 2011, KPN served over 44.5
million customers, of which 36.6 million were in wireless services, 4
million in wireline voice, 2.5 million in broadband Internet and 1.4
million in TV. With 18,687 FTEs in the Netherlands (31,084 FTEs for the
whole group), KPN reported full-year revenues of EUR 13.1bn and an
EBITDA of EUR 5.1bn in 2011. KPN was incorporated in 1989 and is listed
on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO is a world-leading integrated-services company centered on
mobility. The company serves over 60 million mobile customers in Japan
via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and
one of the world’s first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique
capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of
cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile
TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids
and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational
expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT
DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM)
stock exchanges. Please visit www.nttdocomo.com for more information

About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable
television, high speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers
Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised
shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and
digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please
visit rogers.com.

About SingTel
SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group with operations and
investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer
markets, it is committed to bringing the best global communications
solutions to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond. With significant
operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary
SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of
services that includes voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless
and Internet platforms, as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The
Group has presence in Asia and Africa with 473 million mobile customers
in 26 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the
Philippines and Thailand.  To serve the needs of multi-national
corporations, SingTel also has a vast network of offices throughout
Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. These offices enable
SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions to its
customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners. More
information can be found at www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.

About Telefónica Digital
Telefónica Digital is a global business division of Telefónica. Its
mission is to seize the opportunities within the digital world and
deliver new growth for Telefónica through research & development,
venture capital, global partnerships and digital services such as cloud
computing, mobile advertising, M2M solutions and eHealth. Telefónica
Digital will deliver these innovative products and services to
Telefónica’s 300 million customers as well as leveraging the power of
the internet to enter new markets. It is headquartered in London with
regional centres in Silicon Valley, Sao Paolo, Spain and Tel Aviv.
Jajah, Terra, Tuenti, giffgaff and 48 are all part of the Telefónica
Group.

About Telstra.
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information
services company, with one of the best known brands in the country.
Telstra offers a full range of services and competes in all
telecommunications markets throughout the country. Telstra has
Australia’s largest fully integrated IP network and Australia’s largest
network, which is faster in more places, the Telstra Mobile network,
comprising 3G-HSPA+ (across the entire coverage footprint) and 4G-LTE
technology (in more than 100 locations across Australia, which is more
than double the area of our nearest competitor) operating together.
Telstra also has an international presence spanning 15 countries,
including China.

About VimpelCom
VimpelCom is one of the world’s largest integrated telecommunications
services operators providing voice and data services through a range of
traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia,
Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia,
Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi,
Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada. VimpelCom’s operations
around the globe cover territory with a total population of
approximately 782 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the
“Beeline”, “Kyivstar”, “djuice”, “Wind”, “Infostrada” “Mobilink”,
“Leo”, “banglalink”, “Telecel”, and “Djezzy” brands. As of September
30, 2012
VimpelCom had 212 million mobile subscribers on a combined
basis. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol (VIP). For more information visit: http://www.vimpelcom.com.

About Etisalat
Etisalat is the Middle East’s largest operator and the GCC’s third
largest corporation. With a market value of approximately Dhs. 80
billion (USD 20 billion) and annual revenues of over Dhs. 32 billion
(USD 8.7 billion) Etisalat is today on the verge of being numbered
amongst the top ten operators in the world. Etisalat is a
multinational, blue-chip organisation with operations in seventeen
countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. An estimated 2
million people benefit from regular work supplying Etisalat or its
customers, including 53,000 who are directly employed by the company.
Etisalat now has access to a population of more than two billion and
its satellite network provides services over two thirds of the planet’s
surface. Etisalat is rated by Moody’s: Aa3, Standard & Poor’s: AA- and
Fitch Ratings: A+, some of the highest ratings for a telecommunications
company anywhere in the world. This reflects the company’s strong
balance sheet, low debt position and proven long-term performance. For further information please visit www.etisalat.ae

SOURCE: Rogers Communications Inc.