GSMA announced on 30 October that 14 mobile operators from across the Asia Pacific region have joined the GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Programme
The operators – Celcom, Dialog, DTAC, M1, Maxis, Ncell, Optus, Robi, Smart, Smartfren, Singtel, True, XL, and Xpand – join 500 partners in an initiative that aims to grow to 2,000 members by 2020.
APAC represents the largest IoT market in the world and, according to GSMA, is projected to hit 11 billion connections by 2025 with a revenue opportunity of US$386mn.
“The IoT is growing rapidly across the Asia Pacific region, with mobile operators working with their partners and the wider ecosystem to drive this expansion,” said Julian Gorman, Head of GSMA APAC.
“This programme will support the development of the IoT by creating a cross-regional IoT community to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing, as well as creating opportunities that benefit both the supply chain and their customers.”
GSMA said that the programme has a key focus of supporting IoT Labs launched by operators across the region, aiming to accelerate development of new IoT technologies and services.
Additionally, each member of the programme has committed to developing fresh initiatives to increase the rate of deployment of innovative IoT products across the APAC region.