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China Telecom and Ericsson’s ‘open IoT platform’

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China Telecom and Ericsson report launching a global connection management platform that will support China’s "One Belt One Road" strategy and accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things solutions and services.

The platform is dubbed the “China Telecom IoT Open Platform”, and is said to enable “enterprises to deploy, control and scale the management of IoT devices through partnerships”, according to Ericsson's media release.

With this platform, we’re told that “enterprise customers can integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity service offered by China Telecom to create highly reliable IoT solutions".

As you would expect, China Telecom and its industry customers say they’ll “use the platform to drive the digital transformation of industries in China and beyond".

Magnus Rahm, head of Global Service Operations, Ericsson, said: “The IoT market is growing very rapidly and we aim to use our expertise in this area to help our customers capitalise on this opportunity.

“Together with China Telecom, we can play a key role in realising the tremendous potential of the IoT by reinventing processes, creating new services, and capturing new revenue.”

Ericsson’s vital piece of the puzzle is that this new China Telecom IoT Open Platform is powered by “Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform”, which the company says is “a global, unified platform that is being used by multiple enterprise customers in various industries to manage IoT connection services worldwide".

Naturally, Ericsson proudly boasts that “the platform offers enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service-level agreements and a common, unified overview of devices and access networks".

Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform has been in use for years, having been launched in 2012 and “now supports more than 25 operators and over 2000 enterprise customers as part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform".

Ericsson also reports collaborating “with the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association to realise the vision of a seamless customer experience with worldwide coverage and superior service quality for IoT applications".

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