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Nokia launches worldwide IoT network grid as a service

Steve Rogerson
February 16, 2017

Nokia has created a worldwide IoT network grid, what it says is a one-stop-shop, full service model offering seamless IoT connectivity across technologies and geographical borders to address the transport, health, utilities and safety markets.
Called Wing, the network-as-a-service model 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.
"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,” said Igor Leprince, head of global services at Nokia. “Nokia Wing will provide one global IoT grid. We cannot do this alone, and we are reaching out to communications service providers across the globe to collaborate with us so that we can extend the benefits of the connected world to more industries."
The service 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.
Nokia will offer a full service model including provisioning, operations, security, billing and dedicated enterprise customer services from operations command centres. The Finnish company will use its own Impact IoT platform for device management, subscription management and analytics. Impact subscription management for eSIM will automatically configure connectivity to a communications 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 its Cloud Packet Core, which gives an enterprise customer access to its own discrete segment of the network core.
Communications service providers can take advantage of 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 realise new revenue streams. For service providers planning to launch an IoT business, Nokia can fast track time to market as Wing also provides a full white label managed service model, allowing them to offer the service to their customers under their own brand.
Consumers will be able to benefit from a range of seamlessly connected IoT applications and devices as Nokia collaborates with communications service providers to create one global IoT grid.
"Nokia is offering an innovative approach to IoT enablement with its IoT connectivity as a managed service offering,” said Alexandra Rehak, head of Ovum's IoT practice. “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. The new offering leverages Nokia's broad portfolio of technologies and strong expertise in network design and management, and should open up new business opportunities for operator customers and large enterprises alike. 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."