Gemalto fast-tracks LTE adoption for IoT in Japan
Amsterdam, July 11, 2016 - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces its Cinterion® LTE Cat.1 specific M2M module has completed the interoperability testing by NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan's largest mobile network operator1. The ELS31J and ELS51J wireless modules are engineered for IoT applications and helps to drive innovation to IoT device makers. Gemalto Cinterion® provides the vital communication links between a wide range of IoT devices, such as consumer wearables, smart meters, and remote sensors to the enterprise back-end enabling new services and new business models.
The module's ruggedized and future-proof design further offers manufacturers a highly efficient and cost-effective LTE connectivity, as well as easy migration from existing to future telecommunication standards.
One of the most advanced nations in the world, Japan is constantly at the forefront of technological innovation, including IoT with key Japanese companies2 investing heavily in this sector. Last year, an estimated 624 million3 IoT devices were deployed across the country, contributing to US$103 billion4 in market revenue. By 2020, these figures have been forecast to reach over 1 billion units and 176 billion, respectively. The transformative impact of IoT is evident in all industries, from connected cars to smart factories.
"We continue to collaborate with Gemalto, a trusted and long-time partner, to deliver LTE connectivity to our M2M and IoT enterprise customers," said Toshiyuki Futakata, Vice President and Senior Manager of Radio Access Technology Group, Communication Device Development Department at NTT DOCOMO. "Given that this wireless module has already been successfully deployed in the U.S, we are confident that businesses and consumers in Japan will also enjoy the same highly efficient LTE connectivity, harnessing Gemalto's field-proven expertise."
"Gemalto and NTT DOCOMO share the same vision of accelerating IoT and LTE adoption and innovation in Japan," said Thothadri Sashidhar, VP M2M Sales APAC at Gemalto. "Our Cinterion family of wireless modules is the world's first to support LTE Cat.1, and being qualified, means device manufacturers can shorten the time-to-market for their products."