Telia Carrier and Ericsson sign global IoT backbone deal

07 June 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe

Telia Carrier has signed a global agreement which will see it provide backhaul and interconnect solutions to Ericsson's device connection platform via a dedicated internet of things (IoT) backbone.

telia carrierThe agreement highlights the critical role international carriers have to play as the IoT ecosystem continues to evolve and enables IoT operators to connect via any of Telia Carrier’s 220 IPX PoPs directly to Ericsson’s platform in a single network hop.

"It's pretty clear that IoT needs its own backbone," says Brendan Ives, CEO of Telia Carrier. "It's one thing to connect the Internet of Things today, but if you consider we will soon be connecting smart cities and the cars that drive us, things are about to get real. Ericsson is one of the driving forces in IoT with the networked society. We are pleased to have been chosen to provide the connectivity it deserves."

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Anders Olin, vice president, product area network functions with business unit cloud & IP at Ericsson, added: "Our operator customers can now connect directly to our Device Connection Platform with a pre-integrated, scalable & secure backbone solution. The combined offering from Telia Carrier and Ericsson is fully aligned to provide the SLAs demanded by business-critical IoT applications."  

Backhaul between IoT operators and device management platforms is a critical link that requires extremely high levels of security and reliability. 

"When you combine a dedicated IoT service with a global fibre backbone like ours, you get the scalability IoT will soon demand," adds Matthew Jones, head of mobile solutions for Telia Carrier.

"With this agreement in place, we can connect customers and shorten time to market considerably. That's going to be particularly important for the operators who haven't moved on IoT yet, but are starting to see the scale of the opportunity. Effectively, this solution brings IoT operators closer to Ericsson's device connection platform. It gives them a one-hop-shop."

The news comes after Telia Carrier was picked by Fusion Network as its primary supplier for IP transit and connectivity services to build out its nationwide backbone.