Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has introduced an open Internet of Things platform with China Telecom in an attempt to enable enterprises to manage and deploy IoT devices rapidly. The platform provides enterprise users reliable connectivity dependent on service-level deals and a common, unified summary of devices and access networks. With this open platform, enterprise users can integrate their business procedures with the managed connectivity service provided by China Telecom to develop highly consistent IoT solutions.
The new open IoT platform is powered by Telefonaktiebolaget’s international Device Connection Platform, which is a part of company’s IoT Accelerator introduced in 2012. It supports 25 telecommunications carriers and more than 2,000 enterprise customers in managing their IoT network around the country.
In the month of June, Ericsson informed ZDNet that it has been moving ahead in race of trialing and installing Cat M1 IoT networks. As of now, the company is installing a 4G Cat M1 IoT setup across Australia with Telstra. The Cat-M1 network in Australia will be supported by Telefonaktiebolaget’s IoT network software.
In March, the company introduced a more customer-centric IoT ecosystem for networks, devices and operators alongside Singaporean telecom provider Singtel. This IoT ecosystem was made jointly by Singtel and Ericsson, and integrates separate IoT applications into just one solution. It was developed as a means to solve the fragmentation of the IoT industry and make it open. The solution offers customers with an overview and control over their connected equipments, including automotive, personal and smart home.
The ecosystem will boost IoT adoption across different networks and allow a faster time to market for application developers. In February 2016, Ericsson and Singtel also reported their collaboration on allowing Singtel’s 4G network for Internet of Things, including a trial of NB-IoT technology in 2H2016.
Telefonaktiebolaget’s recent yearly mobility report projected that almost 29 billion IoT devices will be linked internationally by 2022. Out of these total devices, 18 billion will be IoT devices like meters, sensors, electronics, wearables, connected cars and machines. Moreover, just over 15 billion from these 18 billion, are projected to be short-range IoT devices, whereas over 2 billion will fall under wide-area IoT devices.