Ericsson announced that Japanese telecom operator KDDI is deploying Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP) to deliver enhanced connectivity to KDDI’s enterprise customers and support the deployment of IoT solutions on a global scale.
The cloud-based IoT platform will enable KDDI to offer enterprises IoT connectivity management, subscription management, network connectivity administration and flexible billing services. Enterprises leveraging this facility will be able to deploy, manage and scale IoT connected devices and applications globally, while improving operational efficiency and reducing costs, the company said.
With DCP, customers can also lower entry costs as well as total cost of ownership. It also makes deploying, managing and scaling IoT solutions financially viable for device manufacturers, enterprises and service providers.
Chris Houghton, head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, said, “Ericsson is driving the evolution of the IoT by lowering thresholds for businesses to create new IoT solutions, as well as by breaking barriers between industries and connecting people, business and society. This partnership with KDDI is an important milestone in making the adoption of cellular services for IoT devices economically viable for enterprises.”
Ericsson forecasts that by 2021 there will be 28 billion connected devices – of which 16 billion will be IoT connected devices, including M2M devices like meters, sensors and consumer electronics like wearables. New use cases are emerging for both short and long-range applications that will lead to even stronger growth, supporting Ericsson’s vision of 50 billion connected devices.