DALLAS, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and Vodafone are supporting the introduction of OnStar's connected service for Opel and Vauxhall OnStar in select European countries. In Europe, the OnStar's Wi-Fi 4G LTE service, enabled by Vodafone, is available in all new Opel and Vauxhall passenger vehicles.
OnStar's 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection is already available in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The car becomes a powerful, mobile hotspot giving easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular connection. The hotspot will support up to 7 mobile devices.
Opel and Vauxhall OnStar features also include emergency services, such as roadside assistance and automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, vehicle diagnostics and destination download. There's a dedicated OnStar smartphone app for services such as remote door unlock.
"We are honored to have the chance to work with GM beyond the U.S. and Canada," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Mobility. "Joining OnStar core functionality with our virtual packet core network and Wi-Fi from Vodafone serves as a platform for future innovation in safety, security, diagnostics and entertainment across Europe."
Penrose added, "One of the first areas to benefit from AT&T's transformation to software-based architecture is the connected car. To support services in Europe, we already have local data centers in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Austria, Spain and Italy."
Vodafone director of Machine to Machine (M2M) Erik Brenneis said, "Internet in the car is the must-have service for the connected car consumer. I am pleased that, thanks to this agreement, OnStar customers get to experience Vodafone's 4G LTE network across Europe."
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Vodafone is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2015, Vodafone had 449 million mobile customers and 12 million fixed broadband customers. In 2015, Vodafone was rated the best M2M service provider in the world by Analysys Mason for the fourth year in a row. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
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