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Bridge Alliance and Ericsson partner to fuel the Internet of Things

The Bridge Alliance has deployed Ericsson’s Device Connectivity Platform (DCP) multi-domestic solution for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The alliance consists of 36 mobile operators across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. CEO Alessandro Adriani noted that the alliance’s geographical coverage would provide a perfect vehicle for device and equipment manufacturers aiming to expand internationally.

“Offering this unified experience requires more than just harmonising interfaces across mobile operators”, he said. “We have…standardised our footprint on a common core network. This will truly guarantee harmonised sets of features and service levels within the footprint to our customers."

The deployment will allow any original equipment manufacturer (OEM), enterprise or service provider to deploy IoT solutions across multiple countries. With Ericsson DCP deployed on a global scale, operators and their customers have access to a unified experience. This includes a single global SIM card, harmonised service levels and business processes. They can also leverage access to DCP consumer services to manage new B2B2C business models.

The solution significantly reduces barriers to deployment for these enterprises, keeping total cost of ownership low while maximising quality of service.

Today, the delivery of mobile communication is a well-established model of subscription retail, where the consumer experience of buying communication services and applications are separated. With the Internet of Things, the delivery of mobile communication is an embedded model in which devices, communications and services are bundled by an enterprise or a device manufacturer.

Matt Hatton, Machina Research, says: "Mobile operator revenues in Asia-Pacific should soar from USD 3bn in 2015 to USD 9.2bn in 2020 and account for nearly 40% of global revenue."

Anders Lindblad, Senior Vice President, Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson, says: "The partnership with the Bridge Alliance members to deploy the Ericsson DCP is a critical milestone to make the adoption of cellular services in IoT devices economically viable for device OEM and enterprises."


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