KDDI to deploy Ericsson global internet of things platform
KDDI will provide services with Ericsson CDP internet of things solution
Swedish vendor Ericsson is partnering with Japanese operator KDDI to deploy Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) to manage global internet of things (IoT) connections.
The partnership will provide enhanced connectivity services to KDDI’s enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT solutions on a global scale, the Swedish company said.
DCP is a cloud-based IoT platform that will enable KDDI to offer enterprises IoT connectivity management, subscription management, network connectivity administration and flexible billing services.
“KDDI has for a long time been committed to building the communication environment to connect with world operators in order to support the global businesses of our customers,” KDDI’s general manager for the IoT Business Division, Keiichi Mori said. “We believe that by adopting DCP, we will be able to leverage Ericsson’s connection with world carriers and furthermore promote our unified service deployment globally to customers as they start worldwide IoT deployments,” the executive added.
“This partnership with KDDI is an important milestone in making the adoption of cellular services for IoT devices economically viable for enterprises,” Ericsson’s Head of Region North East Asia Chris Houghton, said.
Ericsson forecasts that by 2021 there will be 28 billion connected devices – of which 16 billion will be designated as internet of things devices, including M2M devices like meters, sensors and consumer electronics like wearables.
KDDI currently services 40 million domestic mobile subscribers in Japan. The telco provides a diverse portfolio including managed networks, data centers, cloud, security and system integration.
The Japanese operator initially launched commercial 4G LTE services in September 2012. The telco currently operates spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1500MHz, 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz bands.
Ericsson wins network infra management contract in Macedonia
In related news, Ericsson announced that it will manage the network infrastructure of Macedonian telco Makedonski Telekom.
Under the terms of the deal, Ericsson assumes responsibility for network, second-line and field operations, as well as the operation of passive networks and infrastructure maintenance services for the fixed and mobile networks.
An unspecified number of the telecoms operator’s staff will transfer over to Ericsson as part of the deal.
Makedonski Telekom, a subsidiary of German telco Deutsche Telekom provides services to 225,000 fixed line customers, 1.2 million mobile subscribers, 190,000 broadband customers and 103,000 TV subscribers.