Getting in the game with its big competitors, the firm believes enabling massive adoption of IoT is a stepping stone to making 5G a reality.
Ericsson is launching a new IoT Accelerator Marketplace to address the need for collaboration within the digital ecosystem and benefit both developers and service providers. Developers and application partners it is designed to help them connect with service providers and expose global connectivity and APIs. It will also offer monetization options. Service providers will find it useful as a catalog where they can find apps to offer their enterprise customers,
“Communications service providers are racing to scale and differentiate in the fast-moving IoT market. It’s necessary for these service providers to have a robust developer ecosystem that helps them compete. For developers working across multiple service provider networks and platforms, the challenges of fragmentation are addressed by utilizing APIs that apply globally and are consistent across all mobile networks,” said Carrie MacGillivray, Group Vice President, IoT & Mobility at market intelligence firm IDC.
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The company believes app developers can benefit from a new go-to-market that will give them a global audience for their applications. Developers can develop cellular based apps and scale their businesses while offering added value to enterprises such as higher security, better battery life and improved connectivity.
“The launch of IoT Accelerator Marketplace will unlock the potential for different players in the value chain to deliver value. It is another stepping stone to make 5G a reality by enabling massive adoption of massive IoT. This supports service providers as they seek to expose network connectivity IoT APIs and monetize these assets,” said Jeff Travers, Head of IoT at Ericsson.
Recently demonstrated at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, service providers and application developers can request access to the IoT Accelerator Marketplace here: IoT Accelerator Marketplace.