Telefonica UK, which operates under the O2 brand in the UK, today announced it has signed an agreement to further extend the partnership with G4S Utility Services (G4S) the world’s leading international security solutions group and one of the UK’s major smart meter operations service providers.
The five year agreement, includes the provision of up to 1.4 million SIMs, and will provide G4S Utility Services with Global SIM connectivity to support the delivery of services in the energy market. The multi million pound contract is one of the largest ever M2M deals in the UK market.
This partnership will further extend Telefonica’s UK capabilities in the energy sector which is experiencing growth both in the UK and worldwide. Under the agreement, the M2M platform will deliver up to 1.4m SIMs and, at its peak, Telefonica UK will be rolling out 70k SIM’s per month to meet G4S Utility Services required roll out plans underpinning the delivery of a managed service from G4S.
Kim Challis, Managing Director of G4S Utility Services, said:
“G4S Utility Services is committed to the Telefonica UK partnership, and this is another great example of our successful work together.”
“Telefonica UK provides G4S with the partnership and strategic relationship we require to continue to be successful in the Utility Services sector.”
The extension of the contract follows the announcement of the G4S Utility Services contract awarded to Telefonica UK in March 2011 for a range of services including areas such as data transfer and security.
“The energy sector is a key area of focus for our M2M team and I am delighted that we have been able to extend our partnership with G4S Utility Services. This agreement truly takes the M2M market and in particular our offering to another level,” said Gilli Coston, Head of M2M at Telefónica UK.
“We are constantly evolving our offering into the market with an ambition of providing a whole new range of services which changes what our customers and partners are able to leverage in terms of technologies and what they in turn can offer to the market.”
G4S Utility Services is the largest security solutions company in the UK and Ireland with a turnover of more than £1.2 billion and 42,000 employees. More than 6,000 customers, including 59 FTSE 100 companies and the majority of UK Government departments, depend on G4S to provide them with a safe and secure way to deliver their services. For more information please visit www.g4s.uk.com
O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading communications company with over 23 million customers – read more about O2 at www.o2.co.uk/news. O2 runs 2G and 3G networks and was the first to trial 4G/LTE, reaching speeds of over 100Mpbs, as well as owning half of Tesco Mobile. It also operates O2 Wifi, O2 Health, O2 Unify, O2 Media and has recently launched the O2 Wallet. O2 employs over 11,000 people in the UK, has 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team.