By RTT News, February 25, 2013, 03:55:00 AM EDT
(RTTNews.com) - Ericsson ( ERIC ) announced that the company and and SAP AG ( SAP ) have signed an agreement to jointly market and sell cloud-based, machine-to-machine or M2M solutions and services to enterprises via operators around the globe. The solutions will be based on a combined software-as-a-service or SaaS offering from Ericsson and SAP within M2M.
Ericsson stated that the combined power of Ericsson's services, solutions, technology and network operator infrastructure, which are powered by Ericsson Device Connection Platform & Service Enablement Platform, and enterprise business solutions from SAP powered by the SAP HANA platform will allow businesses to find better and more innovative ways to respond to customer needs even more quickly than they could before.
The joint M2M infrastructure and industry specific solutions will be provided by operators as a service to enterprises, and Ericsson and SAP are already discussing the model with operators.
In addition to solutions and technology, Ericsson will lend its consulting, systems integration and managed services, and complementary device and applications testing, as well as verification services to facilitate a faster time-to-market, efficient use of mobile network resources and an optimized user experience. Operators, such as M2M connectivity providers, may choose from different levels of ambition, ranging from a full enterprise M2M prime supplier to an ecosystem partner.
The company noted that the joint go-to-market model combines the assets of SAP, Ericsson and mobile operators, making it possible for enterprises to effectively connect their enterprise assets across multi-country operations with full integration to existing business processes, along with support for mobile and real-time scenarios.
Separately, Ericsson said that, to respond to the growing need for video over LTE, it is launching an exclusive end-to-end solution. Ericsson said its new LTE broadcast solution lifts the video experience to a new level, offering the highest-quality video content for popular events with guaranteed delivery. It enables operators and their media partners to provide premium services with guaranteed quality and cost-efficient delivery over LTE, bringing with it new sources of revenue.
Australian operator Telstra's Executive Director for Networks and Access Technology, Mike Wright confirmed that Telstra will partner with Ericsson on a live network trial of LTE Broadcast technology in the second half of 2013.
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