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Optimus Partners with Jasper to Power M2M in Portugal

Jasper Wireless (News - Alert), a company that claims to enable global network operators to capitalize on machine-to-machine (M2M) opportunities, announced an agreement with the Portuguese mobile network operator Optimus, to wirelessly connect M2M and consumer electronics devices across Portugal.

As per the terms of this agreement, Jasper Wireless platform will provide Optimus with the applications and services necessary to accelerate market entry of new categories of connected devices on its network and profitably connect and manage a range of embedded wireless devices.

"Leading operators like Optimus have identified the growth that M2M markets can provide. Jasper Wireless has developed a complete service platform with the applications required to build, deploy and manage connected devices with the lowest total cost of operations which will enable Optimus to deploy their connected devices profitably and at scale," Cindy Patterson, executive vice president, worldwide sales, Jasper Wireless said in a press release.

M2M communications is the exchange of data between a remote machine and a back-end IT infrastructure. The transfer of data can be two-way: uplink to collect product and usage information, downlink to send instructions or software updates or to monitor equipment remotely. There is significant growth in the adoption of M2M communications across many industries and a high demand for connected consumer electronics.

As consumer electronics and M2M devices come to market with embedded connectivity, market success depends on finding the right business models to reach disparate population segments. Jasper Wireless has developed the applications and services that support highly flexible business models as well as the automation of operational processes, including custom device provisioning, instant activation, real-time diagnostic tools and detailed billing and usage reports, ensuring a superior out-of-box end-user experience.

Optimus is Sonaecom's single brand for the telecommunications sector, and the only integrated player in Portugal. Optimus offers a complete portfolio of mobile and fixed solutions for approximately 4 million users, individuals and companies.

"Portugal has a strong telecom market with a vibrant mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base," said Manuel Eanes, executive director at Optimus.

"By adding M2M functionality to our offering we are able to service a wider range of customers in a quickly developing market landscape. As a result of this partnership, we can bring devices to market more efficiently and effectively than ever before," Eanes added.

In another news release, Jasper announced an agreement with NTT (News - Alert) DOCOMO to wirelessly connect M2M and consumer electronics devices across Japan.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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