Jasper and China Unicom Partner to Enable Enterprises Throughout China to Deliver Internet of Things Services
BEIJING, CHINA AND SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, USA, 2 March 2015 – Jasper, a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader, and China Unicom, the world’s third-largest mobile network operator, today announced that they have partnered to power IoT services for enterprise customers in China. Businesses leverage IoT to enable new service experiences and increase value for their customers, while generating new sources of revenue. By partnering with Jasper, China Unicom will offer its customers a global platform through which companies can successfully launch, manage and monetize IoT service businesses throughout China.
Joining Forces to Address China’s IoT Market
China Unicom has made great strides in preparing the market for the benefits of IoT in China, where the scope and scale of the opportunity for enterprises to capitalize on IoT technology is vast. According to recent research by the GSMA , China is now the world’s largest machine-to-machine (M2M) market with 50 million devices connected.
To address this opportunity, China Unicom selected Jasper’s Control Center platform to provide its customers with essential IoT capabilities like mobile service management, real-time diagnostics, robust rating and intelligent business process automation. In combination with China Unicom’s high-performance mobile network, the Jasper platform enables rapid time-to-market for businesses, and provides a flexible, turnkey solution that can be configured to meet the specialized needs of businesses across any industry. Cloud-based delivery brings the advantages of agility, efficiency, global consistency and anywhere-access so businesses can scale their connected services at will.
Moving Connected Cars Forward
China boasts the world’s largest car market, representing a significant opportunity for the proliferation of Connected Cars. Automotive technology research firm SBD notes that China is set to become the global leader for embedded telematics before the end of the decade. This partnership brings together China Unicom’s existing relationships with 26 major car manufacturers and Jasper’s experience with 11 car manufacturers, creating an opportunity to address the burgeoning Connected Car market in China.
Enabling Seamless Entry Into the Chinese Market for the Rest of the World
China Unicom offers a unique proposition to global enterprises as it stands alone in China in using the same 3G and 4G technologies (WCDMA and FDD-LTE) as a majority of mobile operators worldwide. When combined with Jasper’s Control Center platform, this provides a significant competitive advantage for China Unicom by enabling seamless entry into the Chinese market for multinational enterprises.
Jasper’s global expertise, which includes a deeply integrated network of operator partners worldwide serving over 1,600 enterprises across six continents, complements China Unicom’s local expertise and market strength. Together, China Unicom and Jasper are uniquely positioned to enable accelerated adoption across the broad scope of IoT-ready industries in China and enable China’s IoT companies to easily scale their global operations, while also enabling a direct path for outside enterprises to break into the Chinese market.
“With Jasper, we’re primed to break new ground in the Internet of Things. We’re already serving more than 10 million IoT connections, working with a largest number of automotive manufacturers and supporting various applications across smart cities and buildings, smart utilities, smart home appliances, video surveillance and health monitoring. We’re looking to expand to billions of connections in the next couple of years, and we needed a premier IoT platform partner to enable that rapid growth,” said Mr. Tian Wenke, General Manager, Business Customer Department at China Unicom. “Enterprises choose our high-quality, high speed WCDMA network for guaranteed service reliability and performance, and value our visionary approach in this space. We believe that partnering with Jasper, the leading provider of IoT platforms, is absolutely paramount to offering enterprises and their customers a superior experience. Jasper is in a league of its own when it comes to providing the technology and business support that our customers need to rapidly scale and grow their IoT services business.”
“The Internet of Things market in China is rapidly developing,” said Jahangir Mohammed, Founder and CEO at Jasper. “Regardless of the industry, this partnership provides both domestic and international enterprises the most direct path to rolling out IoT services in China. China Unicom is a leader in IoT with ambition to push the boundaries of innovation, and together we provide a very powerful proposition to any business looking to build and scale connected services, both into and outside of China.”
“China is a large IT market full of potential and competiveness,” said Amy Teng, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner. “Gartner forecasts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will include 26 billion units installed by 2020.”
China Unicom is the latest to join Jasper’s global network of operator partners, which includes AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, Telefónica, América Móvil, VimpelCom, KPN, SingTel, Telenor, Etisalat, Telstra, Telecom Italia, Rogers and more.
Jasper is a global Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader. Jasper has designed its industry-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) IoT platform to enable companies of all sizes to rapidly and cost-effectively launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale. When companies do this, they become much more than product businesses. They become service businesses, capable of automatically managing their customers’ entire IoT service lifecycle, delivering increased customer value and unlocking new sources of revenue. More than 1,600 companies in over 20 vertical markets, including many of the world’s top brands, choose Jasper to fast-track their IoT services. Jasper currently partners with 24 mobile operator groups, representing more than 100 mobile operator networks worldwide.
Founded in 2004, Jasper is based in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.jasper.com or follow us on Twitter @Jasper_IoT. To learn more about enterprises building IoT services that demonstrate what's possible when the digital and physical worlds converge, check out their stories at www.TitansofIoT.com.
About China Unicom
China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established on 6 January 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. It has subsidiaries in 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) across China and many countries and regions around the world. It is the only Chinese telecom operator listed on the stock exchanges in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. As of the end of 2008, the total assets of the Company reached 500.09 billion yuan and the number of employees stood at 463,000.
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