Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sprint and Ericsson build core network for IoT

Steve Rogerson
September 6, 2018
 
Sprint and Ericsson have formed a global partnership to build a distributed and virtualised core network dedicated to the IoT, in addition to an IoT operating system.
 
This environment, which is purpose-built for the future of the IoT, is designed to create an optimal flow of device data, enabling immediate, actionable intelligence at the network edge for end users and enterprises.
 
The Sprint IoT platform is set to be announced next week at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles.
 
"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 two companies are creating an environment that is prepared for a future where society and business will be even more connected.
 
"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 at 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."
 
The core network will be:

  • Dedicated to help provide low latency and highest availability.
  • Distributed and virtualised to reduce distance between the device generating the data and the IoT application processing it; nodes are distributed right to the enterprise premise, if necessary, to support specific security, privacy and latency requirements.
With the IoT OS, connectivity management and device management capabilities enable simplified inbound and outbound activity for device connectivity. Configuration and updates of firmware and software are managed for each device. All data are managed securely at the chip level. The IoT OS provides full subscription lifecycle management and monitoring of billing and usage data.
 
Data management capabilities ingest enormous amounts of data while delivering immediate intelligence on those data. There is service assurance for all IoT elements and enterprise locations, including network operations centre monitoring, service resource fulfilment, cloud orchestration management and application management.