• ZTE provides “completely revised” terminal for Deutsche Telekom’s CarConnect solution.

ZTE provides Deutsche Telekom’s CarConnect solution with a new terminal

ZTE provides Deutsche Telekom’s CarConnect solution with a new terminal

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Deutsche Telekom (DT) technology partner ZTE flagged it had provided the Group with a “completely revised” terminal for its CarConnect vehicle telematics solution, seemingly with onus on opening up new business-to-business opportunities.

ZTE, which works alongside DT minority investment Mojio on CarConnect, said the new smart adapter enables: faster data rates (up to 150Mbps, via LTE Category4 capability); “more security” (via 256‑bit AES encryption); and the ability to connect more devices (ten, up from the previous five). The terminal, which plugs into vehicles’ OBD2 port, is also said to extend CarConnect’s reach to a wider range of vehicles, including trucks and buses with 24‑volt systems.

CarConnect and equivalents have been released by DT businesses in five markets: Austria; Czech Republic; Germany; Poland; and the USA, as well as at T‑Systems (DeutscheTelekomwatch, #79 and passim).