A major shift is taking place in the telecom sector which is set to changing the telecommunication landscape forever.
According to Ericsson, in the near future year of 2025, the number of IoT connections is projected to increase to 24.9 billion, in stark contrast to the approximately 8.1 billion humans. IoT is an important technology that has the power to transform how vertical enterprises function across the globe. IoT devices are all the rage in the telecommunication and tech sectors, with Ericsson, a Swedish multinational, Telecommunications Company offering the most avant-garde IoT solutions promising to solve and streamline networking processes across various enterprises. But first, let’s break it down to basics.
What is IoT?
The internet of things (IoT) involves billions of physical devices connected to the internet around the world, for sharing, storing, and securing data. The extensive application of super-cheap computer chips and ubiquitous wireless networks has accelerated the propagation and integration of IoT in almost every device ranging from a pill to an airplane.
This intricate latticework of IoT devices across the world, stimulates smart homes, powers offices, and energizes industries. But the star that fires the soul of all these IoT devices is the telecom network. Virtually built-in networks in smartphones can synchronize with other devices to share and transfer data, characterizing a typical IoT integrated telecom device.
These integrated devices assist in advancing connections with apps that customers engage with on a day-to-day basis on tablets, smartwatches, smartphones, or any other digital screen, for a better user interface experience.
How is Ericsson stepping-up the game?
Ericsson is rolling out its latest innovation in cellular IoT past and beyond four market segments: Broadband IOT, Massive IoT, Critical IoT, and Industrial Automation IoT. This change is expected to address diverse use cases stretching from smart metering and asset tracking in Massive IoT to more complex use cases such as Augmented reality/ Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and drones in Broadband IoT; in addition to the actively emerging use cases such as autonomous cars in Critical IoT, and collaborative robots in Industrial Automation IoT.
Collaboration Between China Telecom And Ericsson
In 2017, China Telecom collaborated with Ericsson to launch an open IOT platform which will not only facilitate the enterprise customers to use, scale, and control IoT connected devices and applications worldwide but also support China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy by propelling the propagation of IoT services and solutions. China Telecom’s open IoT platform is galvanized by Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform which is a stable platform accessible to all enterprises across various industries to manage and harness the potential of IoT devices.
Embedded Sim Technology
Furthermore, a potential catalyst that amplifies the operations in cellular connectivity is embedded SIM (eSIM) technology. eSIM can be defined as an embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) by GSMA, the global association consisting of approximately 800 mobile operators, responsible for creating an overall telecommunication framework. In comparison with ordinary, plastic SIM cards which are detachable, eSIM can be soldered into the device permanently.
This evolution allows IoT devices to endure extreme weather and environmental conditions like humidity, high-temperatures, vibration, water (water-resistant devices). eSIM works under the same specifications and guidelines as outlined for SIMs by GSMA; this regulation also allows for remote distribution of subscription credentials to IoT devices.
Benefits Of eSim
One of the benefits of eSIM is bootstrapping of connectivity. Bootstrapping is the process of connecting multiple, new powered-on devices to a trusted network in addition to other relevant management servers such as connectivity management, device management, etc. Due to the widespread deployment of IoT devices, the mechanism for bootstrapping needs to be fully automated and standardized.
Partnership Between Ericsson And Brighter
Brighter, an internet and healthcare company partnered with Ericsson to harness the power of its eSIM technology; the flexibility offered by eSIM has gained Brighter recognition, globally-consistent customer experience, and sustainable long-term corporate connections. Secured data encryption and global roaming services are amenities that come along with global eSIM that is implanted into Brighter’s Artiste devices.
The various domestic services provided by Ericsson’s connectivity management concede to a uniform Service Level Agreement (SLA) across mobile operators. Brighter’s platform empowers customers to effortlessly scale and localize services to share their information with healthcare providers, family, and payers.
Accordingly, the drive towards digitalization is swiftly expedited by cellular IOT technologies in the society by the transmission of machine-to-machine (M2M) and machine-to-person communications at an unprecedented level. New opportunities are created for both consumers and industries by boosting connectivity through connected, intelligent software-defined products; consequently improving efficiency, sustainability, and safety for industry and society.
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