Sprint and Ericsson Roll Out IoT-Dedicated Network and OS

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The IoT network is 5G-ready and primed for AI, robotics and more.

Sprint and Ericsson have teamed up to create a distributed and virtualized core IoT-dedicated network and a new IoT operating system. They’re designed to optimize data flow for real-time, actionable intelligence at the network edge for both enterprises and end users. The companies say their goal is to create an infrastructure that will be future-proof.

“We are combining our IoT strategy with Ericsson’s expertise to build a platform primed for the most demanding applications like artificial intelligence, edge computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and more with ultra-low-latency, the highest availability and an unmatched level of security at the chip level,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT for Sprint. “This is a network built for software and it’s ready for 5G. Our IoT platform is for those companies, large and small, that are creating the immediate economy.”

The network is dedicated to ensure low latency and high availability while reducing the distance between the device providing the data and the IoT app processing it. Nodes are distributed directly to the enterprise to meet an organization’s security, privacy, and latency requirements. It’s also 5G-ready.

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The new operating system offers data, device and network management along with managed services, and is designed to work in tandem with the IoT core network to pull immediate intelligence at the edge from any sensor data. It will also manage firmware and security updates and full subscription lifecycle management with monitoring of usage and billing data. It’s designed to handle massive amounts of data and generate immediate insights from it while providing service assurance for all IoT elements and locations.

“Sprint is a pioneer in IoT and we are excited to work together to create a truly disruptive IoT business,” said Asa Tamsons, senior vice president and head of business area technology & emerging business, Ericsson. “Sprint will be one of the first to market with a distributed core network and operating system built especially for IoT and powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. Our goal is to make it easy for Sprint and their customers to access and use connected intelligence, enabling instant and actionable insights for a better customer experience and maximum value.”

Sprint and Ericsson plan to present the network at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles.

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