Transatel, the telecommunications company, has launched its new IoV Connect next-generation connected vehicle platform that it says will reduce complexity for global connectivity agreements for car manufacturers.
IoV Connect means vehicle manufacturers require one integration to cover telecoms connectivity access agreements for their connected cars in over 160 countries, rather than having to negotiate each individual one with multiple mobile network operators (MNO), which it said had been previous industry practice.
Typically, vehicle manufacturers try to achieve global coverage by entering into service agreements with several large mobile operators for different regions, e.g. Vodafone for Europe, Telefonica for South America, AT&T for North America, China Unicom for Asia etc.
Transatel said that having IoV Connect in place will mean OEMs can offer telematics, pay-as-you-go insurance, autonomous driving or infotainment features with SIM card management, airtime, platform management and technical integration across one platform.
Transatel acts as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) which does not have a radio infrastructure (antennas, frequencies, and licenses). It rents the Radio Access Network from MNOs to offer its own mobile services to its customers. As an MVNO controlling its own platform (or core network), a car manufacturer cannot find itself locked-in with mobile operators.
Bertrand Salomon, Transatel co-CEO: "This launch is the result of years of observation and exchanges with the industry, and years of hard work from Transatel teams.
“By making things simple and global by design, we help manufacturers focus on their core activities and gain global economies of scale.”
Salomon described the solution as similar to mobile phone roaming, where a smartphone will automatically switch to a local network operator when outside its native country to continue service as normal.
Salomon said having a platform that is scalable globally will be the most cost effective model for car manufacturers, “right up until they’re ready to become fully licensed telecom operators themselves”.