Tele2 has signed a five-year deal with Nokia to launch a global IoT network-as-a-service offering for large businesses.

The operator will marry its SIM technology services with the Finland-based vendor’s worldwide IoT network grid (WING), which offers connectivity, operations, billing, security and data analytics alongside an apps ecosystem.

The resultant core IoT network-as-a-service offering will enable enterprises to explore new use cases and simplify the management and operations of global mobile IoT deployments, the two companies said.

Tele2 plans to launch the product in Q3 this year.

Rami Avidan, CEO of Tele2 IoT, said: “This is a very important partnership we are forging with Nokia.

“We want to simplify the global IoT connectivity ecosystem for large enterprises.

“The offering we will launch based on this partnership will create totally new growth opportunities and give the reliability that is needed for business-critical applications.

“With this offering we are breaking technical and commercial barriers and combining that with open and dynamic business models”.

The operator does not break out the performance of its IoT division, but claims to have devices in 160 countries.

Nokia unveiled WING last February, adding consultation and multi-vendor testing services in September.

Ankur Bhan, Head of WING at Nokia, said: “Nokia WING will enable Tele2 IoT to offer its enterprise customers a global service with flexible control, low latency and high levels of efficiency and enterprise automation.

“Together we will work on enabling new IoT solutions that can be adopted in various industries to deliver seamless, reliable and efficient processes to help businesses run more intelligently."

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