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BSNL’s new alliance with Tata Motors to fuel 'smart car' in India by 2020

BSNL’s new alliance with Tata Motors to fuel 'smart car' in India by 2020

One of the oldest telecommunication networking company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is now forming a new alliance with Tata Motors, a first of its kind machine to machine (M2M) deal, where the state-owned telco, which will embed in the supply of SIM cards to transform the vehicles into smart cars.

The M2M technology is enabling communication between wireless as well as a wired network, by using different sensors of varying wavelengths. All new applications will be deploying a new-age infrastructure and will bring a great transformation in the field of smart transportation, smart cities, smart grids, smart homes, and smart healthcare.

“We have already partnered with Tata Motors for embedded SIM functionality. Five lakh SIM cards were already provided while another 10 lakh will be supplied in a year’s time,”stated theChairman of BSNL, Anupam Shrivastava. The company is investing 50 million on M2M sim cards, which will have the future-ready 5G capability and will predominantly be applicable in the field of automation services.

According to the reports, the telco’s entry into the M2M sector will help the clients to garner Rs 20 a month per SIM, which will efficiently translate into sizeable revenue of Rs 1,200 crores annually. The M2M tech is making its mark in the field of automobiles, most of the cars manufactured by Tata Motors like; Tiago, Hexa, and the newly unveiled SUV Harrier into smart cars. Tata Motors will be the first-ever automobile manufacturer to have an M2M.

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