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GSMA Guidelines a significant aspect to Indian Government’s M2M policy considerations

After weeks of speculation, the Indian Government’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released its National Telecom M2M Roadmap. The document acts as a reference document for M2M ecosystem partners to realise the policy goals of Make in India and Digital India, largely by focusing on Interoperable standards, policies and regulations to suit Indian conditions across multiple sectors. An apex body has been proposed for coordination and to take care of such requirements.

GSMA Guidelines at the heart of M2M consideration

Throughout the Roadmap, both the GSMA’s Connection Efficiency Guidelines and Embedded SIM Specification are recognised as potential solutions to the country’s need for M2M standards and regulations, and as means to overcome market fragmentation.

For example, the report notes that GSMA’s Embedded SIM will help evolve the future of M2M and also help in meeting Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.

The Roadmap also identifies the GSMA’s IoT Connection Efficiency Guidelines as a leading global m2m policy initiative that will help device and application developers to expand the number of devices connecting to mobile networks, whilst preventing service outages and ensuring optimal performance that will ultimately enable the market.

The document also notes that the Guidelines have already been backed telecom operators AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KT Corp, Orange, NTT DOCOMO, Tata Teleservices, Telefonica, Telenor Connexion and VimpelCom, as well as vendors and ecosystem partners, including Sierra Wireless and Jasper.

 

Next Steps

An Industry level Consultative Committee has been constituted by the DoT to outline draft policy taking into consideration the industry view. The following issues and actionable points were identified for consideration towards M2M Policy:

  1. To bring Standards for M2M in line with global standards
  2. Allocation of Spectrum for M2M local area network Layer
  3. Revisit National Numbering Plan to accommodate the needs of M2M
  4. To ensure the “Always on” requirements viz. Inter-Operator Roaming and Inter-Network Mobility
  5. Address Privacy and Data Protection
  6. Address KYC and customer traceability issues.
  7. Address Security and Lawful Interception for M2M
  8. To have policy around Customers ethical Issues
  9. Close coordination with relevant global organizations

The TEC (Telecommunication Engineering Centre), the technical arm of the DoT, has started working on India Specific M2M standards in line with evolving global standards. Five Working Groups are formed to begin with in this regards as under:

  1. Power
  2. Automotive
  3. Surveillance
  4. Health
  5. M2M Gateway & Architecture
  6. Working group to cover M2M security is being formed.

Indian M2M market to grow rapidly

Of all the governments across the globe, the Indian Government is perhaps the most ambitious with its M2M and IoT targets. In June 2014, the Indian Government made an even more ambitious pledge to develop 100 smart cities, beginning with a $1.2bn investment over the following twelve months.

The Indian M2M market is set to grow rapidly in the next few years, according to research house, Machina Research, the overall value of the Indian M2M market will increase from €5.18bn in 2015, to €16.81bn in 2020.

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Business Processes for Remote Provisioning in M2M

This document explains the steps that should be taken when swapping profiles in particular scenarios when using the GSMA Embedded SIM specification.

The purpose of this document is to provide specimen points for M2M OEMs and Operators providing eUICC-based services based in M2M scenarios, particularly around the typical business processes required in the delivery of such services, such that all parties can attain a high degree of confidence that those business processes will be executed:

  1. when required, subject to any agreed contractual terms
  2. in a formal, pre-defined manner, transparent to all parties.

It may be useful therefore, for this document to be referred to, in all or part, in any contractual documents between the parties involved.

Business Processes for Remote Provisioning in M2M

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Business Processes for Remote Provisioning in M2M

Business Processes for Remote Provisioning in M2M

This document explains the steps that should be taken when swapping profiles in particular scenarios when using the GSMA Embedded SIM specification.

The purpose of this document is to provide specimen points for M2M OEMs and Operators providing eUICC-based services based in M2M scenarios, particularly around the typical business processes required in the delivery of such services, such that all parties can attain a high degree of confidence that those business processes will be executed:

  1. when required, subject to any agreed contractual terms
  2. in a formal, pre-defined manner, transparent to all parties.

It may be useful therefore, for this document to be referred to, in all or part, in any contractual documents between the parties involved.

Business Processes for Remote Provisioning in M2M

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GSMA Automotive Special Interest Group Workshop

The aim of this interactive workshop is to gather key players from the Automotive industry, mobile operators, solution developers and vendors to discuss technical and business requirements and share existing best practices for Automotive.

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Telefónica enters into M2M connectivity agreement with Tesla

The recent European agreement between Telefónica and Tesla further demonstrates the continuing growth of the connected car market. The agreement, which will enable connectivity for Tesla’s in-car infotainment telematics and remote vehicle diagnostics, will be implemented in several countries across Europe. Telefónica will provide connectivity for the Model S in Germany, to the UK on O2 and in Spain on Movistar.

Tesla is one of many car manufacturers that has recognised that the connected car will achieve mass-market penetration in a matter of years. The GSMA’s Connected Car Forecast has determined that globally, this market is expected to more than double in value by 2018 to €39 billion.

Growth is being accelerated partly by initiatives such as eCall, which is to be implemented in EU member states in the near future. The regulation stipulates that every new car must include the eCall device, which automatically dials an emergency number when it detects a serious accident. Features such as In-car navigation services, remote diagnostics, emergency call services and connected infotainment, will all be provided by Telefónica for the Tesla Model S.

Telefónica’s global M2M solution – powered by Jasper – will enable remote vehicle diagnostics that communicate information about the Tesla car’s safety, security and performance in real time. The car’s infotainment will include internet browsing and online music, two key features which are fuelling consumer demand. According to the GSMA’s forecast, the number of cars sold supporting these features will increase over sixfold to 32.1 million over the same period.

Telefónica’s latest move strengthens its position in the automotive sector, where they have established several partnerships over recent years. In 2012 Telefónica reached an agreement with OnStar, specialists in advanced data transmission technology, to provide M2M connectivity for General Motor’s vehicles.

In October, Telefónica agreed to use Zubie, another connected car service, in Brazil from mid-2015 onwards. Brazil, like many other Latin American territories, is a country where Telefónica already has direct M2M capabilities. Legislation similar to eCall, namely the Denatran 245 mandate or SIMRAV (“Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento e Registro Automático de Veículos), will facilitate the growth of the connected car market in Brazil in the coming years, and will further incentivise operators to enter into strategic partnerships in the automotive sector.

See also:

Telefónica Connected Car Report 2013

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GSMA Remote Provisioning for M2M Toolkit

The GSMA has published its updated Remote Provisioning for M2M Toolkit.  Download the latest version here.

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GSMA Embedded SIM Specification – A single, common and global specification to accelerate growth in M2M

An explanatory brochure on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification

Download: GSMA Embedded SIM Specification – A single, common and global specification to accelerate growth in M2M

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SAS Standard for Subscription Manager Roles

Download: SAS Standard for Subscription Manager Roles Version 1.0 October 2014

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SAS Methodology for Subscription Manager Roles

Download: SAS Methodology for Subscription Manager Roles Version 1.0 October 2014

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