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Ericsson, China Mobile partner on IoT, Cloud RAN

William Payne
January 19, 2017
Ericsson and China Mobile have signed an agreement to cooperate on the Internet of Things as part of China Mobile's 'Big Connectivity' strategy. The Ericsson Device Connection Platform will be used to manage Internet of Things connections and provide a unified service for global customers. China Mobile expects to serve 200 million connected devices by 2017.

The two companies have also signed an MoU to collaborate on Cloud RAN - an approach to more centralised, faster and more efficient baseband processing and inter-cell connectivity in cellular radio access networks. Cloud RAN is perceived as a facilitator for network evolution from 4G towards 5G. Ericsson will collaborate on research and development with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the research division of China Mobile. C-RAN was first introduced by the China Mobile Research Institute in April 2010 in Beijing.

On Internet of Things, the two companies aim to start in-depth cooperation to manage IoT connections efficiently, provide consistent services to global enterprise customers and to explore new Internet of Things markets.

China Mobile will use the Ericsson Device Connectivity Platform to streamline the process for provisioning, as well as deploy services to capitalise on new business opportunities. With the Ericsson platform, China Mobile will be able to integrate resources of roaming partners and offer global enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service level agreements. Other benefits include a common and unified approach to customer portals and selection of access network.

Yuejia Sha, Executive Vice President, China Mobile, says: "China Mobile expects to have 200 million IoT connections by 2017. We stick to the strategy of open cooperation with our partners for win-win results. China Mobile strengthens the collaboration with global leading enterprises of advanced platform, application and intelligent hardware to drive the rapid development of our industry, and provides superior applications and services to our customers."

Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, says: "We are very proud to be selected by China Mobile as a strategic partner for Internet of Things. These types of applications will also help promote the development and deployment of 5G technology. We look forward to supporting China Mobile and developing this business while accelerating large-scale deployments of Internet of Things across the world."