The M2M World Alliance, comprising telecom operators SingTel of Singapore, Etisalat of UAE, KPN in the Netherlands, NTT Docomo of Japan, Rogers Communications of Canada, Telstra of Australia, and Telefonica and VimpelCom in Europe, has officially unveiled its solution to simplify and promote the adoption of machine- to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide.

M2M communications are used when machines or equipment used in all sorts of industries, including consumer electronics, utilities, agriculture and construction, connect and exchange information with IT infrastructure. Considered the next stage in the evolution of the Internet, M2M communications will become prevalent when cyberspace reaches beyond the traditional confines of computers to connect to any device with a microprocessor.

Global M2M connections will grow from approximately 2 billion today to reach 18 billion in 2022, according to a study by London-based consulting firm, Machina Research.

Major growth areas identified by the M2M World Alliance for its global solution include connected cars, fleet management, smart meters, consumer electronics, game consoles, wearable electronics, tele-health and security solutions.

According to the M2M World Alliance, the solution will leverage the operators' combined global presence to benefit customers who are looking for a regional or global M2M deployment. It allows companies to enjoy connectivity throughout the Alliance coverage area with in-market rates. Additional benefits include easier compliance with local market regulations and the potential for multinationals to provide global technical support from a single market.

"With operations in more than 60 countries, the Alliance's global footprint presents multinational organisations with a seamless approach to deploying connected devices in multiple countries at one time," said Angel David Garcia Barrio, chairman of M2M World Alliance.

Zia Zaman, Vice President, Emerging Businesses and Strategy, Group Enterprise at SingTel said: "The M2M alliance builds on SingTel's pan-Asia coverage and makes it even easier for customers to deploy M2M seamlessly into and from Asia through a single point of contact. Furthermore, with a single SIM solution, customers will only incur local charges. It makes it more cost efficient for them to scale up their M2M deployment and accelerate their business growth."