Ericsson has won deals to supply enterprise IoT to Japan’s KDDI and manage the network infrastructure of Deutsche Telekom’s Macedonian subsidiary.
The vendor will supply its Device Connection Platform to KDDI, as the Japan-based operator looks to offer IoT services to businesses.
KDDI will use the tech to offer its enterprise customers IoT connectivity management, subscription management, network connectivity administration and billing services.
Keiichi Mori, Executive Officer, General Manager, IoT Business Development Division, Solution Business Sector, at KDDI said: “We believe that by adopting DCP, we will be able to leverage Ericsson's connection with world carriers and furthermore promote our unified service deployment globally to customers as they start worldwide IoT deployments."
The two companies have also verified LTE-M and NB-IoT on KDDI’s network, paving the way for telcos to explore future use cases of the technology.
Ericsson will also manage the network infrastructure of Makedonski Telekom.
The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, sees Ericsson assume responsibility for network, second-line and field operations, as well as the operation of passive networks and infrastructure maintenance services for the fixed and mobile networks.
An unspecified number of the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary’s staff will transfer over to Ericsson as part of the deal.
Makedonski Telekom provides services to 225,000 fixed line customers, 1.2 million mobile subscribers, 190,000 broadband customers and 103,000 TV subscribers.
Andreas Maierhofer, Chief Executive Officer of Makedonski Telekom, said: "The partnership with Ericsson...will enable us to put even bigger focus on our customers.
“I'm sure that we will keep the epithet "best network" with a partner that is a world leader in this area and we will work more efficiently and more competitively in order to provide the best customer experience."