Deutsche Telekom has teamed up with the likes of China Mobile and Ericsson, in a consortium that aims to drive IoT use cases across the likes of smart cities, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and transportation.

The Germany-based operator is the newest member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), which also includes Huawei, IBM and ZTE among others, promising to contribute its expertise in IoT connectivity and management.

It said it aimed to develop common perspectives on the interoperability of different systems, standardisation requirements and security regulations for IoT services and devices.

Ingo Hofacker, SVP of IoT at Deutsche Telekom’s enterprise arm T-Systems, which includes its IoT offerings, said: “As a member of the IIC, Deutsche Telekom is pleased to cooperate with the community’s partners to shape and drive IoT on a global scale.

“Only if we manage to ensure that the different systems and technologies work together seamlessly worldwide will the Industrial Internet of Things become a model for success.”

Earlier this week, the operator announced this week it had hit 600 locations with its 4G-based IoT network in Germany after reaching nationwide coverage in the Netherlands last year.

Richard Soley, Executive Director at the IIC, said: “IoT connectivity is critical in many industries including Smart Cities and manufacturing.”

T-Systems’ new CEO Adel Al-Saleh started at the beginning of January, kicking off his tenure with an overhaul of the unit’s structure that sees IoT bundled with security, public cloud, telecoms and WAN solutions.

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