As the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem continues to evolve, Telia Carrier and Ericsson have signed this week an agreement that highlights the critical role international carriers have to play.
Telia Carrier will provide backhaul and interconnect solutions to Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform via a dedicated IoT backbone.
“It’s pretty clear that IoT needs its own backbone,” says Brendan Ives, CEO of Telia Carrier. “It’s one thing to connect the Internet of Things today, but if you consider we will soon be connecting smart cities and the cars that drive us, things are about to get real. Ericsson is one of the driving forces in IoT with the Networked Society. We are pleased to have been chosen to provide the connectivity it deserves.”
This agreement enables IoT operators to connect through any of Telia Carrier’s 220 IPX PoPs directly to Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform in a single network hop.
“Our operator customers can now connect directly to our Device Connection Platform with a preintegrated, scalable & secure backbone solution,” said Anders Olin, Ericsson’s vice president product area network functions with business unit cloud & IP. “The combined offering from Telia Carrier and Ericsson is fully aligned to provide the SLAs demanded by business-critical IoT applications.”
Backhaul between IoT operators and device management platforms is a critical link that requires extremely high levels of security and reliability.
“When you combine a dedicated IoT service with a global fiber backbone like ours, you get the scalability IoT will soon demand,”says Matthew Jones, Head of Mobile Solutions for Telia Carrier. “With this agreement in place, we can connect customers and shorten time to market considerably. That’s going to be particularly important for the operators who haven’t moved on IoT yet, but are starting to see the scale of the opportunity. Effectively, this solution brings IoT operators closer to Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform. It gives them a one-hop-shop.”