How carriers achieve global scale for IoT
IoT use cases include supply chain management, transport and health care
For carriers looking to sell internet of things (IoT) products and services to global enterprises, how do they achieve global scale connectivity outside the boundaries of their physical network footprint? In the case of supply chain logistics, multi-modal transportation that would carry a shipping container by a combination of rail and ship, global connectivity is an imperative.
Swedish operator Tele2 is targeting IoT customers in the transport, health care, smart city, utilities, automotive and “connected freight containers” fields with a global offering developed with Nokia’s worldwide IoT network grid (WING) service portfolio. WING includes provisioning, operations, security and billing and dedicated enterprise customer services from key operations command centers. Nokia also said that it will use its own IMPACT IoT platform for device management, subscription management and analytics. Nokia IMPACT subscription management for eSIM will automatically configure connectivity to a communication service provider’s network as the assets crosses geographical borders.
Rami Avidan, Tele2 IoT CEO, said the approach “is a unique concept for worldwide IoT enablement which will allow us to serve our enterprise customers and better differentiate our offering on a global scale.”
In terms of connectivity for IoT devices, the Tele2 implementation can incorporate 5G, according to Nokia, and also covers narrowband-IoT and LTE-M.
Nokia will serves customers on a multi-tenant basis using its M2M Core. Customers can access to infrastructure vendor’s cloud-based packet core, which gives each enterprise exclusive access to a discrete segment of the core network. Service providers can offer the service to their customers under their own brand as WING is a white label managed service model.
At the time of launch one year ago, Igor Leprince, President of Global Services, said, “IoT connectivity as a managed service is an answer for enterprises to the current IoT deployments that are hampered by the patchwork of business agreements to connect devices around the world. Nokia WING will provide one global IoT grid. We cannot do this alone, and we are reaching out to communication service providers across the globe to collaborate with us so that we can extend the benefits of the connected world to more industries.”