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PSA Peugeot Citroën signs a partnership with P&TLuxembourg to increase development of its automotive telematic services in Europe
Today, 15 May 2009, PSA Peugeot Citroën and P&TLuxembourg signed a partnership to provide a mobile telecommunication solution which will be available as standard (depending on the model) from 2010 in Peugeot and Citroën vehicles.
The new equipment developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën separates the telematic function from the radio, navigation and personal phone functions, and includes an embedded SIM card, meaning it is part of an Autonomous Telematic Box (ATB) fitted in vehicles: with this solution, the customer benefits from emergency and assistance services free of charge and without subscription.
Currently, these services are available from equipment combining radio, navigation, personal phone and telematic functions, the latter requiring the customer to use a SIM card.
Since the advent of ATB, personal telephone calls can be made using Bluetooth modules in audio and navigation equipment.
This new equipment is PSA Peugeot Citroën’s answer to the eventual standardisation of the European emergency call system (eCall project) and the basis for the development of new telematic services, such as fleet management.
At present, PSA Peugeot Citroën remains the European leader in the use of telematics: more than 700,000 Peugeot and Citroën vehicles equipped with the emergency call system have been sold since 2003, and almost 3,500 people in difficulty have been assisted by the emergency services in the 9 European countries where the service is currently available.
The signed agreement involves P&TLuxembourg providing PSA Peugeot Citroën with:
In entrusting this service to P&TLuxembourg, PSA Peugeot Citroën has chosen the partner providing the best quality roaming service (capacity) at a European level and demonstrating a willingness to invest in the development of an innovative solution.
This partnership enables P&TLuxembourg to highlight the development of its mobile solutions for other applications and develop a new domain of telematic activity. In order to best respond to the expectations of its customer, P&TLuxembourg has demonstrated its expertise and flexibility to PSA Peugeot Citroën by developing a dedicated telematic solution.
P&TLuxembourg is the leading postal and telecommunications services operator in Luxembourg. In telecommunications, P&TLuxembourg provides a complete range of voice and data services aimed at private and professional customers. The LUXGSM mobile network, operated by P&T since its commercial launch in 1993, is the leading network in Luxembourg with global roaming coverage in more than 120 countries. In 2001, P&TLuxembourg was the first to introduce the GPRS mobile data service in Luxembourg. In 2003 it made the first commercial UMTS call and in 2007, provided the HSDPA data service in Luxembourg. A new core network with redundant backbone supports the management of new data sessions established on a radio network and ensures their transition to the IP network.
P&TLuxembourg also offers large-capacity services via an optical network in Luxembourg which connects all data centres and large companies. TERALINK, P&TLuxembourg’s international fibre-optic broadband network offers new prospects in the IT and communication sectors in Luxembourg with a connection capacity of up to 40 Gbits/s. At the start of 2008, P&TLuxembourg launched its commercial television service, IPTV, via ADSL. P&TLuxembourg is also the leading Internet access provider in Luxembourg.
About PSA Peugeot Citroën:
A major European manufacturer with an international scope, PSA Peugeot Citroën brings together two brands with innovative ranges and different styles: Peugeot and Citroën.
With commercial operations in 150 countries, the Group sold around 3.3 million vehicles globally in 2008 and generates more than one-third of its sales outside western Europe.
PSA Peugeot Citroën has become a recognised global leader in environmental standards. In 2008, for the third consecutive year, it sold more than one million vehicles emitting less than 140 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The Group is also committed to road safety, for which it devotes a large part of its research and development budget each year.
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