Mobistar selected as 'International M2M Center' for
Machine-To-Machine applications within the France TÃ©lÃ©com group
Brussels, 20 May 2009 - Mobistar, the market leader for
Machine-To-Machine applications in Belgium, has been selected as
'International M2M Center (IMC)' for 'Machine-To-Machine
connectivity' within the France TÃ©lÃ©com group. For a two-year period
minimum, Mobistar will be a supplier for Machine-To-Machine SIM cards
in the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) market and the
international M2M deals and will provide the associated services for
the France TÃ©lÃ©com group.
Mobistar has been operating in the Machine-To-Machine business since
2002, with a wide range of applications in various sectors. In
Machine-To-Machine applications, information is automatically sent
from a terminal via the mobile network to a server, both nationally
and internationally. The Machine-To-Machine applications can be
subdivided into 3 main sub-areas: telematics, telemetry and mobile
payment. Currently, M2M applications cover fields as diverse as fleet
management, telemetry and remote maintenance, and are aimed at all
business segments and companies, no matter what their size may be.
Many customers have already opted for the Mobistar M2M solutions. At
the end of March 2009, Mobistar had over 110,000 active M2M cards,
which results in a market share of over 50%.
This success is the result of Mobistar's excellent knowledge of the
market, as well as the right competencies for meeting the market
needs and supplying the right technology, both in Belgium and abroad.
Mobistar has developed a specific M2M ecosystem with Service
Providers, modem suppliers, M2M consultants and other organisations
with a focus on Machine-To-Machine.
France TÃ©lÃ©com has therefore decided to designate Mobistar as its
International M2M Center (IMC) for 'Machine-To-Machine connectivity'
for the France TÃ©lÃ©com group. The IMC will develop and supply SIM
cards and connectivity offers specific to M2M applications by
adapting itself to the business, operation and issues of each
company, regardless of where it is located The launch of this
international activity will not only create jobs but also extra
revenue for Mobistar.
"Mobistar has proven that it is one of the top European players in
the Machine-To-Machine market because we have a thorough
understanding of the M2M ecosystem. The International M2M Center in
Brussels is the recognition by the France TÃ©lÃ©com group of our years
spent focusing on the Machine-to-Machine market" says Benoit Scheen,
CEO of Mobistar.
According to Barbara Dalibard, Senior Executive Vice President of
Orange Business Services: "Machine-to-Machine is one of the
priorities in the strategy of Orange Business Services. We have been
a forerunner in this domain and today we are even farther ahead. Now
that the market is really starting to take off, we are ready to offer
our customers the best M2M solutions adapted to their individual
needs. The opening of the International M2M Center in Brussels serves
Mobistar (EURONEXT BRUSSELS: MOBB) is one of the main actors in the
world of telecommunications in Belgium and Luxembourg, active in
mobile telephony, fixed telephony, ADSL and on other markets with a
strong growth potential. The company develops innovative products and
services for the residential and the business market. Mobistar is
listed on the Brussels Stock Exchange and is part of the France
For more information, please contact:
Patti Verdoodt - Press Service: +32 (0)495 55 96 26 - e-mail:
Christophe LemaÃ®tre - Investor Relations: +32 (0)2 745 72 26 -
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