State-owned telecom provider BSNL has signed an agreement with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company Aeris to “offer packaged IoT solutions and services to enterprises, small and medium businesses and public sector undertakings among other segments in India.”

Apparently, the areas BSNL and Aeris will be looking at include “improving supply chain efficiency, enhancing customer experience, tracking and monitoring assets, improving logistics and empowering smart cities.” However, the two companies didn’t disclose any further details.

The IoT solutions and platform services that Aeris offers include:

  • Asset Management –  asset analytics for IoT connectivity aimed at OEMs, fleet rental, leasing, and finance organizations.
  • Automotive Services – customize connected vehicle solutions.
  • Data Management – store and manage data in a highly scalable and secure environment.
  • Connectivity – solution is carrier agnostic and pre-configured, with certified hardware that provides GSM, CDMA, and LTE connectivity.
  • Analytics
  • AerPort – single portal for managing global deployments, including device management oversight, provisioning, billing activation, VPN, location and tracking capabilities, suspending or canceling devices, and access to customer support.

Earlier this year, the Department of Telecom (DoT) had amended switching equipment regulations to allow telecom companies to install Media Gateway Controllers (MGCs) and SoftSwitches anywhere within the country’s geographical limits, as opposed to the earlier regulation which allowed deployment within “geographical boundaries” of the authorized telecom circle limits. According to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), this amendment will ease deployment of IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) dedicated networks in the country.

Aeris-MapmyIndia tie-up: At the start of this year, Aeris and MapmyIndia had partnered to offer geospatial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in India. Though no specific details were disclosed about the kind of solutions they would be working on, connected mapping and tracking solutions for transportation businesses is one area they are likely to focus on.

BSNL’s partnership with Plintron: In July this year, Virtual Network Operator (VNO) Plintron tied-up with BSNL to become a Virtual Network Enabler (VNE) in India. While, BSNL can now host any licensed VNO in India on its platform. Plintron’s VNO clients include companies across sectors such as retail, insurance, financial institutions, postal departments, IoT/M2M, and travel among others, across 25 countries. BSNL had opened its network to VNOs and VNEs back in October 2016.

Other telcos making IoT moves

– In November last year, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and General Electric (GE) tied-up to build applications on GE’s Predix platform, in the industrial IoT space. They were looking to target companies in sectors such as oil & gas, agriculture, power, healthcare and telecom among others, for automating various aspects of business operations.

– In the same month, Spice Mobility had set up a fully owned IoT subsidiary.

– In 2015, Vodafone partnered with JCB for M2M solutions, Aircel partnered with Tech Mahindra for IoT services and Reliance Communications and Jasper inked a deal for providing an IoT platform.

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