Docomo and Vodafone expand their partner agreement to include Machine-to-machine
TOKYO, JAPAN and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, June 17, 2014 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. and Vodafone Group Plc announced today an expansion of their existing partner market agreement to address the delivery of M2M services to the global enterprise sector.
The two companies have been working together for a number of years and this development will allow both parties to benefit from the opportunity offered by the Internet of Things and M2M services across a variety of vertical sectors.
"M2M is an important part of our overall strategy and its significance is growing by the day," said Kaoru Kato, President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO. "We are proud to announce that we are expanding our strong existing partnership with Vodafone to include M2M."
Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Group, Vittorio Colao, commented, "We look forward to extending our unique partnership with NTT DOCOMO. It will help both organisations develop their enterprise business, as we enable our customers to apply M2M throughout the world in new and innovative ways."
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Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 27 countries, partners with mobile networks in 48 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2014, Vodafone had 434 million mobile customers and 9 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 63 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) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/ for more information.