The Italian Ministry of Industry is providing Telit Communications with a total of Eur 25.5 million to set up a new research and development centre. The sum comprises a donation worth Eur 11.4 million and a loan of Eur 14.1 million. With this move, the Italian government is acknowledging the telecommunications specialist’s commitment to the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.
On a market which, according to the latest study by ABI Research, will grow by 33% year on year from 2005 to 2010, Telit has already successfully established itself with a wide portfolio of versatile M2M modules.
The communications experts, who thus far have been known primarily for their mobile telephones, have their own protocol stack with GSM/GPRS network protocols.
It is investing around 400 man-years in the development of this software platform, which enables the company as the sole owner of its software to respond flexibly to individual customer needs and requirements.
The Italian Government is now supporting Telit’s project, which involves expanding its research and development capacities in regions such as Sicily, Sardinia, Campania, Basilicata, Apulia and Calabria.
Telit aims to use the financial support to expand its team of experts involved with its Wireless Solutions Business, in order to push ahead the development of new and sophisticated products for wireless communication.
‘The support that we are getting from the Italian government is helping us maintain our position as specialists on the lucrative M2M market’.
‘With our technology expertise and our own protocol stack, we are able to focus on the further development of innovative products for this growth market’.