Ericsson is to supply its Device Connectivity Platform to China Mobile as it looks to manage up 200 million IoT connections in the next few years.

The two companies have signed a strategic agreement that sees the Sweden-based vendor help the operator to manage technological and service aspects of its IoT offering.

Specifically, the platform will allow China Mobile to integrate the resources of roaming partners and offer “reliable” connectivity to business customers, Ericsson said.

This will include managing connections, providing a consistent service to global enterprise customers as well as exploring new IoT markets.

The agreement was signed at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guanghzhou in December.

China Mobile Executive Vice President Yuejia Sha said his company expects to have to manage 200 million IoT connections by 2020.

It joins over 20 other operators who have signed up to Ericsson’s Device Connectivity Platform.

Japan’s KDDI was another recent convert, signing up for the service last June.

It is the second deal that China Mobile and Ericsson have announced this week.

The two companies have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on Cloud RAN technology.

Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia at Ericsson, said: “We look forward to supporting China Mobile and developing this business while accelerating large-scale deployments of Internet of Things across the world."

Ericsson is going through a painful restructuring as it looks to return to profitability and focus on new areas.

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