Nokia has created a global 'one-stop-shop' IoT network grid offering seamless IoT connectivity across different technologies and geographical borders. Key sectors include the transport, health, utilities and safety markets. The service will be launched at MWC 2107 (27 Feb to 2 March) in Barcelona.
The idea is that the Nokia WING (worldwide IoT network grid) solution will manage the IoT connectivity and services needs of a client's assets, such as connected cars or connected freight containers, as they move around the globe, reducing the complexity for enterprises who would otherwise be required to work with multiple technology providers.
Nokia claims WING can be easily and quickly implemented to provide enterprises with ‘ubiquitous connectivity, subscription and device management, security and analytics’. Connectivity is enabled by intelligent switching between cellular and non-cellular networks. For example, a shipping container linked by satellite in the ocean could switch to being connected by a cellular network near a port.
The company will offer a full service model including provisioning, operations, security, billing and dedicated enterprise customer services from key operations command centres. The company will use its own IMPACT IoT platform for device management, subscription management and analytics.
Nokia IMPACT subscription management for eSIM will automatically configure connectivity to a communication service provider's network as the asset crosses geographical borders.
Customers are served on a multi-tenanted basis using a Nokia M2M Core that includes the Nokia Cloud Packet Core, which gives an enterprise customer access to their own discrete segment of the network core.
Communication service providers can quickly take advantage of new business opportunities that will be made available by joining a global federation of IoT connectivity services. By leveraging their excess network capacity they will be able to serve enterprises that require near global IoT connectivity, rapidly and with little effort, to realize new revenue streams.
Nokia is taking a two-pronged approach to the market. It will go after big international clients itself, which may or may not cut out mobile operators, and it will also offer a white label service for other service providers planning to launch a new IoT business.
Nokia claims it can fast track time to market for them through the WING white label managed service model, allowing mobile operators and other service providers to offer the service to their customers under their own brand.
Consumers will be able to benefit from a wide range of seamlessly connected IoT applications and devices as Nokia collaborates with communications service providers to create one global IoT grid.
Alexandra Rehak, head of Ovum's IoT Practice, said: "Nokia is offering an innovative approach to IoT enablement with its IoT connectivity as a managed service offering. The complexity of IoT deployment, service development and business models makes it imperative for market participants to play to their strengths and build long-term, flexible partnerships. Nokia's managed IoT service offering fits well with this requirement.
“It offers a new approach to helping service providers extend their existing network and partnership agreements and quickly address new markets while focusing on their core competencies."
Igor Leprince, head of Global Services at Nokia, said: "IoT connectivity as a managed service is an answer for enterprises to the current IoT deployments that are hampered by the patchwork of business agreements to connect devices around the world. Nokia WING will provide one global IoT grid.
“We cannot do this alone, and we are reaching out to communication service providers across the globe to collaborate with us so that we can extend the benefits of the connected world to more industries."