Nokia and Tele2 sign partnership to provide global Internet of Things services; accelerate IoT adoption

Nokia and Tele2 IoT have signed on Monday a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia’s worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Nokia WING will allow Tele2 IoT to rapidly and cost-effectively provide complete IoT services to its enterprise customers in fields including transport, healthcare, smart city and utilities to manage their connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars or connected freight containers, around the globe.

Access to a global IoT network enables Tele2 IoT’s enterprise customers to benefit from low latency, regulatory compliance, advanced enterprise onboarding and 24×7 troubleshooting offered as a managed service.

The scope of the agreement also includes the collaboration and partnership on various advanced technologies such as 5G, Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE for machine-to-machine (LTE-M), SIM management and analytics to further accelerate the global IoT ecosystem.

Nokia WING is a ‘one-stop-shop’ IoT managed service that includes a pre-integrated global IoT core network, connectivity management as well as dedicated IoT operations, billing, security and data analytics, along with an application ecosystem.

The offering is completed with solutions based on Tele2 IoT technology. The combination of these technologies from Tele2 IoT and Nokia WING enables a new paradigm for global IoT connectivity services.

WING is a managed service that helps CSPs go-to-market quickly. It has been created with communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprise customers in mind, as a service that can help them enter the world of IoT, or further grow their existing IoT offerings with a worldwide network grid designed by Nokia for IoT devices.

WING can be provided as a white label managed-service model, enabling operators to offer the service to their enterprise customers under their own brand. Nokia isn’t simply delivering a one-stop IoT services model that includes IoT infrastructure as a service, but also can provide CSPs with the services needed to assess the opportunities for IoT in specific markets; it can also provide go-to-market consultancy services that will make it easier to capture new revenue streams.

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is worth €2 trillion. That’s an enticing proposition for operators but they need to scale up quickly if they are to win a share of this market. Many are looking for help to gain rapid entry into this market. WING market entry conducts a full analysis of how operators can address the needs of their enterprise customers. It allows operators without an IoT footprint to gain fast entry to the IoT market, or to help operators expand an existing IoT business.

The service provides a shortlist of suitable markets, both geographical and by industry sector; an operator value proposition for selected industry including application and security; business planning including pricing plan; and a go-to-market plan including setting up operations and training for sales staff.

“Nokia WING is a unique concept for worldwide IoT enablement which will allow us to serve our enterprise customers better and differentiate our offering on a global scale,” said Rami Avidan, CEO of Tele2 IoT. “We are excited about the prospect of helping our customers to easily deploy IoT services, driving new revenue growth opportunities.”

“Nokia WING will enable Tele2 IoT to offer its enterprise customers a global service with flexible control, low latency and high levels of efficiency and enterprise automation,” said Ankur Bhan, head of WING at Nokia. “Together we will work on enabling new IoT solutions that can be adopted in various industries to deliver seamless, reliable and efficient processes to help businesses run more intelligently.”

Last week, Nokia addressed rising security threats to telecom networks by launching its Security Risk Index assessment service and Managed Security Service. Together, they form a unique, holistic approach to targeting security challenges across mobile, IP and fixed networks in the digital transformation era, when new services and virtualized systems also introduce new vulnerabilities.

In addition to addressing their own security needs, operators can white label Managed Security Services to enterprises under their own brand, which offers revenue potential in the fast-growing enterprise security market and optimizes time to market.

Growing regulatory pressure and increasingly complex networks carrying sensitive data from Internet of Things (IoT), personal devices, and social and business applications have heightened the importance of data security for operators.

Nokia is taking a unique, integrated approach that starts from assessing operators’ security risks across various security domains, benchmarking against industry peers, and providing a 360-degree gap analysis and suggestions for performance improvements. This is the essence of the Security Risk Index.

After the assessment, a managed service, powered by Nokia NetGuard software, will complete the holistic security approach. Nokia experts design the network security infrastructure, information management and monitoring systems to ensure that critical information assets are adequately protected against known and unknown threats, and that the operator meets applicable security compliance standards and regulations.

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