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Tele2 AB, (Tele2), announcesd an agreement with IBM to jointly help European businesses fast-track the implementation and lower the point of entry for new Internet of Things (IoT) projects and business models.

Working jointly, Tele2 will provide global connectivity and related services whilst IBM will leverage its Watson Internet of Things platform and Global Business Solutions (GBS) consulting approach to bring selected industry IoT offerings to market. Internet of Things, Big Data analytics and cognitive capabilities will be brought together into offerings such as asset management, location based services, connected products and supply chain management.

The companies will offer a joint IoT Starter Kit to enable customers to quickly start Internet of Things projects. The Starter Kit contains SIM cards and an integration into IBM Bluemix so that customers can quickly connect and start developing Internet of Things solutions. IBM will be responsible for the implementation, integration, cloud-based services and roll-out of the solutions. Combined with Tele2’s world class connectivity and value added services, the solution will enable businesses across Europe enhance the customer experience using the latest IoT technologies.

Rami Avidan, Managing Director, Tele2 Internet of Things, comments: “IBM’s industry leading solutions combined with Tele2’s Internet of Things competence will help clients on their Internet of Things journey and allow them to introduce new revenue models, reduce time to market and lower operational costs.”

Louise Skordby, Executive, European Digital Operations Leader IBM, commented: “I am convinced that by combining our respective strengths, IBM and Tele2 we will be able to offer powerful new solutions for businesses across Europe enabling them to leverage the power of the Internet of Things.”