Nokia launches IoT as-a-service offering for business

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Nokia has launched an IoT managed service for the enterprise market, as it encouraged operators to offer up spare capacity.

The Finland-based vendor said its new worldwide IoT network grid (WING) offered both connectivity and management services to businesses.

The offering is designed to be used in applications such as connected cars or connected freight containers, Nokia said.

On the connectivity front, Nokia will manage the e-SIM subscription of devices to connect to local providers' networks through the IMPACT IoT platform.

Devices will remain connected when cellular is unavailable, utilising technology including satellite, the vendor said.

Nokia will serve customers on a multi-tenanted basis using its M2M Core, which supports IoT communications as well as smartphone traffic. Customers will have access to the Cloud Packet Core, which gives each enterprise exclusive access to a discrete segment of the core network.

Nokia is currently in the process of setting up arrangements with operators to offer global availability for its platform.

In addition to this connectivity, Nokia’s IMPACT IoT platform offers device management, security and analytics.

Nokia will either sell the service directly to enterprises or allow operators to offer the service to their customers under their own brand. Operators will be able to use their excess network capacity to support the platform, according to Nokia.

WING is slated for commercial launch in the third quarter, with full commercial availability by Q4 this year. The first phase will be Europe and North America, with APAC and the rest of the world following thereafter.

Phil Twist, Nokia’s VP of Networks Marketing, said: “Major multinationals are unable to offer IoT because there is no multinational IoT network grid managed service.”

Igor Leprince, Head of Global Services at Nokia, added: "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.

But he said Nokia could not do it alone.

“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," Leprince said.

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