Telefónica’s business customers will be able to extend their IoT offerings to the Chinese market after the operator signed a new deal with China Unicom.

The partnership will allow the telcos to access each other’s networks, allowing enterprises to deploy IoT products and services across multiple markets using a single SIM card.

Customers will be able to use a unified platform to manage global connections and authenticate IoT SIMs for a new country.

The new capabilities are set to be launched later this year.

Vicente Muñoz, Chief IoT Officer at Telefónica, said: “Simplifying massive IoT deployments is key and therefore we are strengthening our ecosystem of partners.

"Our partnership with China Unicom will strengthen Telefónica’s capability to meet our global customer needs.”

A recent report found that Telefónica had between 15 and 20 million IoT connections, putting it eighth in the world amongst operators.

The operator announced a new SIM security solution for IoT devices last week at Mobile World Congress.

Last month saw it announcing a partnership with the UN to provide its IoT technologies in El Salvador and Colombia.

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