Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom-Orange plan to explore ways to increase co-operation in ways that could lead to a European super-telco.
The companies said last week they would seek to work together on
- sharing radio access network in Europe
- improving WiFi users' experience while roaming
- equipment standardisation
- machine-to-machine (M2M) standards and quality of service for cross-border services
- technical cooperation on home media servers, development of cross border e-Health services, connected cars technology and in-car infotainment services, content and technical enablers for TV and video services.
The first fruits of the joint work were an M2M co-operation agreement and a joint project to improve WiFi users' experience while roaming, they said.
"M2M communication is an enabling technology that will facilitate the development of e-Energy, e-Health, connected home and connected car services and will bring about the internet of things," they said.
The M2M project will set quality of service and standards for cross-border machine-to-machine communications across France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. It will include all mobile network operators affiliated to the two groups, and expand globally through partnerships with other mobile network operators.
"It will be the foundation for a seamless network that can offer reliable cross-border services anywhere in the world and incubate new innovations," the companies said in a joint statement.
The firms said travellers wanted to be able to download files without having to worry about choosing between WiFi or 3G/4G networks.