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M2M World Alliance Delivers First Multi-Operator Global Solution

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ -The M2M World Alliance, which is comprised of 
Etisalat, KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefonica, Telstra and VimpelCom, 
today officially unveiled its solution which aims to simplify and promote the 
adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide. 
The unique solution will leverage the operators' combined global presence to 
benefit customers who are looking for regional or global M2M deployments. It 
allows companies to enjoy connectivity throughout the Alliance coverage area 
with in-market rates. Additional benefits include easier compliance with local 
market regulations and the potential for multinationals to provide global 
technical support from a single market. 
The name "M2M World Alliance" has recently been created to identify the 
group's coordinated operations. Its multi-coloured logo represents the 
Alliance's aspiration to coordinate the delivery of M2M services globally. 
"We believe that our unique and seamless solution will drive rapid growth in 
the adoption of M2M communications worldwide by giving our customers the 
ability to operate connected devices globally at a reduced cost," said Angel 
David Garcia Barrio, Chairman of the M2M World Alliance. "With operations in 
more than 60 countries, the Alliance's global footprint presents multinational 
organizations with a seamless approach to deploying connected devices in 
multiple countries at one time." 
M2M communications are used when machines - a broad term for equipment used in 
all sorts of industries, including consumer electronics, utilities, 
agriculture and construction - connect and exchange information with 
information technology infrastructure. It is considered by many as the latest 
stage in the internet's evolution: when cyberspace reaches beyond the 
traditional confines of computers to connect to any device with a 
microprocessor. 
Major growth areas identified by the M2M World Alliance for its global 
solution include connected cars, fleet management, smart meters, consumer 
electronics, game consoles, wearable electronics, telehealth and security 
solutions. 
"Access to a simple, seamless SIM solution on a global platform presents a 
significant growth opportunity for global businesses deploying connected 
devices," said Mansell Nelson, Vice President, M2M, Rogers Communications. 
"Our single SIM card makes it easier for businesses to deploy connected 
devices in multiple countries and will drive further growth for the 
machine-to-machine business at Rogers." 
Global M2M connections will grow from approximately two billion today to reach 
18 billion in 2022, according to a study by Machina Research, a London-based 
consulting firm focused on emerging opportunities with new forms of connected 
device. 
Details of the Alliance's products and coverage areas can be found on its new 
website, www.m2mworldalliance.com. 
About Etisalat
Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of 
the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and 
Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East 
and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for 
Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has 
been recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale 
Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing 144 million customers 
in 15 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets. 
For more information, www.etisalat.com 
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 centred 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
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). 
About SingTel
SingTel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of 
services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet 
platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The Group has presence in 
Asia, Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus) and Africa 
with 486 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, 
India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a vast network of 
offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. 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 and eHealth. It is also driving innovation 
in over the top communications under a new umbrella brand called TU and in Big 
Data through Telefónica Dynamic Insights. Telefónica Digital will deliver 
these new products and services to Telefónica's 316 million customers as well 
as entering new markets. It is headquartered in London with regional centres 
in Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, Spain and Tel Aviv. Axismed, Eleven Paths, 
giffgaff, Jajah, Media Networks Latin America and Terra are all managed under 
the Telefónica Digital umbrella.
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For more information about m2m business, visit m2m.telefonica.com or follow on 
Twitter at @m2mtelefonica. 
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 mobile broadband network, The Telstra Mobile 
Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, many 
surrounding suburban areas and in over 100 regional areas. You'll 
automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas 
around Australia. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage. 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, 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 753 million people. VimpelCom provides services 
under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "WIND", "Infostrada" "Mobilink", 
"Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As of September 30, 2013 
VimpelCom had 219 million mobile subscribers on a combined basis. VimpelCom is 
traded on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market under the symbol (VIP). For more 
information visit: http://www.vimpelcom.com 
About Etisalat
Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of 
the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and 
Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East 
and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for 
Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has 
been recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale 
Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing 144 million customers 
in 15 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets. 
For more information, www.etisalat.com
 

SOURCE  Rogers Communications Inc. 
Contact: Michelle Lewis Rogers Communications michelle.lewis@rci.rogers.com 
416-935-8339 
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