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Annette Müller-Stellermann

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Deutsche Telekom: Connecting things for next generation collaboration at global leader level

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In the middle of the hype around “smart and digital”, Hannover Messe has just chosen the slogan of “connect and collaborate” for its event in 2018 – the new mantra for its exhibition of the latest interplay between automation and energy technology, ICT platforms and artificial intelligence. Originally used in team and leadership contexts, the expression of “connecting and collaborating” is now conquering the world of things and machines. This is an interesting trend to observe, because firstly, Deutsche Telekom is providing both, connectivity and collaboration services in a 360-degree approach. And secondly, it is far catchier to explore a new dimension of connecting and collaborating than to become “smart and digital” – something that is beyond most people´s imagination.

Certainly, machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and collaboration services as such are not the hottest talk in town. However, innovations like NB-IoT within the Internet of Things, eSIM, the capability to securely manage millions of devices and to integrate or analyze generated mass data can separate the wheat from the chaff of the growing number of TC and IT players for connectivity and collaboration services in the global market.

As more and more providers position themselves in this field, benchmarks by third parties for those who want to stand out with their services for next generation collaboration become increasingly important. Just recently, Gartner evaluated the vision and execution ability of 21 providers for managed M2M services on a global level - four more than last year, and almost double the number from two years ago. As a result, Deutsche Telekom has been again recognized in the Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide.

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide.

If you want to learn more about Deutsche Telekom´s IoT strategy and its offering to connect things and machines, please click here.

DT achieved the Leaders Quadrant recognition for the fourth time in a row, which the company believes is due to an outstanding M2M-IoT services ecosystem on offer, as well as strong and dedicated customer services teams. DT provides customers with a complete managed IoT platform stack with available starter kits, including device resale, SIM management, device management, security, integration, data management and analytics, as well as an open-source M2M-IoT application enablement environment, based on an ecosystem of partners, and its own intellectual property. Providing global connectivity to its customers is another one of DT strong suits. The company offers connectivity services with its own national networks in 14 countries, including the U.S., as well as multi-domestic services through its membership of the Global M2M Association and the Bridge Alliance in a further 77 countries, and through a partnership for services with China Unicom. DT also maintains 550 roaming partners in more than 220 countries.

The full report “Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide” by Eric Goodness, Leif-Olof Wallin, Aapo Markkanen, Godfrey Chua, October 23, 2017, is available HERE.

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