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

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

    --  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 

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 

Telefónica SA 
Hall 3: Stand 3B108

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.

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 theTorontoStock 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 visitrogers.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 

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

Allison Fitton Rogers Communications Inc. +1-416-935-8860 

SOURCE: Rogers Communications Inc.

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