The Internet of Things is one of the bigger buzzwords this year, promising the connection of billions of devices of varying sorts to our global infrastructure and along the way reshuffling how we think of that infrastructure. As usual the hype is probably well ahead of reality, but that doesn't mean that carriers and vendors alike shouldn't be looking for the right way to position themselves. Today two of them paired off with a new plan.
Telia Carrier, the international arm of the Nordic giant Teliasonera, and Ericsson, the similarly enormous Swedish based equipment and service vendor, have signed a global IoT backbone agreement. Telia Carrier will be providing backhaul and interconnection solutions to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform via what they are calling a 'dedicated IoT backbone'.
I wonder what it means to have a 'dedicated IoT backbone' relative to the various physical pieces that make up Telia's network infrastructure. Does it have its own core routers? Regardless though, the idea is that it's very scalable and unencumbered, and therefore ready for the flood of data that the 'things' are expected to generate. IoT operators will be able to use it to connect to Ericsson's platform via any of the carrier's 220 IPX PoPs.