Telia Carrier to backup Ericsson IoT networks with dedicated backbone

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Fibre backbone provider Telia Carrier is providing backhaul and interconnect solutions to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform in a bid to boost security and reliability.

The agreement will allow operators to connect from one of Telia Carrier's 220 IPX points of presence to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform in a single step. Telia Carrier is connecting Ericsson through a dedicated backbone.

Ericsson's Device Connection Platform is a cloud based platform allowing operators to offer enterprises access to IoT solutions.

Brendan Ives, CEO of Telia Carrier, said: "It’s pretty clear that IoT needs its own backbone. 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."

Matthew Jones, Head of Mobile Solutions for Telia Carrier, added: "When you combine a dedicated IoT service with a global fibre backbone like ours, you get the scalability IoT will soon demand. 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."

In April, Ericsson announced IoT as a service as it looked to make setting up networks easier for enterprises. It is set to launch in the third quarter of this year and comprises a range of management and analytics platforms.