Filipino mobile provider Smart has selected Nokia to launch IoT services across the archipelago.
The deal will see Nokia provide its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service, which helps operators to capture IoT market share without having to make investments in infrastructure.
WING features an “invest-as-you-grow” flexible business model, enabling operators to launch quickly and scale IoT services cost-effectively. The fully virtualised solution will be rolled for Smart’s enterprise customers.
Smart will be able to access Nokia’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, providing the operator with the necessary tools to eliminate the complexity associated with profitably connecting and managing new devices.
The operator will also be able to offer advanced automation and real-time control features across IoT, allowing enterprises to run automated, productive, sustainable and safer businesses with harmonised service level agreements, whilst providing real-time insights.
Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups, said: “The Nokia WING IoT Platform solution bolsters our capability in solving our customers IoT-related requirements quickly and helping them get to market faster and with greater scale.”
Ankur Bhan, Head of WING Business at Nokia, said: “IoT services are increasingly becoming a necessity as part of any operators’ digital transformation strategy. Nokia’s WING solution is at the forefront of enabling new IoT use cases through a range of connectivity options, including 5G.”