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Tigo starts Latin America M2M roll out in Columbia

Steve Rogerson
September 3, 2015
Tigo, the fastest growing mobile network operator in Colombia and part of the Millicom Group, plans to deliver a suite of M2M services in Latin America. Starting in Colombia, Tigo customers will use Gemalto's Cinterion machine identification modules (MIMs) and secure MIM services to improve preventive maintenance with remote monitoring and management of MIMs in the field.
This should optimise performance of M2M applications for virtually any vertical market including fleet management, smart metering, remote asset management, surveillance and alarms, automotive, and mhealth.
"Gemalto's MIM card is now available in the Colombian market for all different vertical applications and it will help us guarantee a more stable service for a longer term for commercial and industrial applications and help our customers reduce operational costs and prevent potential fraud or failures in service," said Santiago Londoño, commercial vice president for B2B at Tigo.
Ruggedised to operate reliably in extreme environments, the Cinterion platform is a key enabler to improve quality of service by monitoring signal strength and network-based localisation events among other features, tracking and tracing devices, enabling remote module configuration and seamlessly switching to other channels when needed. In addition, audit services monitor MIMs over their entire lifespan and send alerts when predetermined usage thresholds are met. This allows updates before issues arise ensuring continuous service and strong revenue streams are maintained.
"With our platform, Tigo is able to deliver best-in-class innovative services for M2M solutions, giving them a clear competitive edge for everything from smart vending machines to connected cars," said Rodrigo Serna, president for Latin America for Dutch company Gemalto. "Tigo and Gemalto share a common goal of driving innovation and IoT marketplace expansion, which is expected to grow to 2.1 billion M2M connections by 2020."
• Gemalto is launching an LTE Category 1 wireless module for M2M and industrial IoT applications, the new Cinterion M2M module meets the market need of power-optimised performance and single-mode LTE at speeds of up to 10Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s uplink. This makes it suitable for IoT applications such as metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management and mhealth.
"With M2M connections expected to reach one billion by 2020, the new Gemalto Cinterion Cat 1 module paves the way for massive expansion of the IoT marketplace enabling smart, efficient and cost effective use of evolving 4G networks," said Axel Hansmann, vice president at Gemalto. "The new module is the industry's first step towards true machine type communications offering advantages in size, power and longevity as well as easy integration with Gemalto's market leading MIMs and security technologies for significant value added benefits."