Monday, 25 February 2019 09:15

Telstra adds to IoT offering

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Telstra is preparing to add Ericsson's Connectivity Management services to its IoT networking service.

According to Telstra, from 30 March its enterprise customers will be able to manage, access and track their IoT devices and networked assets via the company's cellular IoT capabilities, including Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) and CAT-M1.

Last September, Telstra deployed a software-only upgrade from Ericsson that increased NB-IoT range from around 40km to 100km. That expanded Telstra's NB-IoT coverage to over 3.5 million square kilometres.

Support for eSIM (eUICC) capabilities in the connectivity management service plus other technologies will allow global customers and OEMs to deploy their products and services more easily on Telstra's network.

Telstra technology executive and chief technology officer Hakan Eriksson said: "With the ever-increasing expansion of the IoT market, our partnership with Ericsson will offer our customers an easier way to manage and scale connected devices and applications, and with our combination of NB-IoT and Cat-M1 technologies, international enterprises, across a range of industries, will have international IoT connectivity solutions."

Ericsson ANZ head Emilio Romeo said: "Through this announcement, enterprises can now integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity services offered by Telstra and Ericsson to create highly reliable IoT solutions, which will help to drive digital transformation of industries in Australia and internationally.

"We are enabling enterprises to launch IoT services on a global scale and helping the industry to capitalise on the tremendous potential that IoT brings."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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