Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Telstra, Ericsson to extend local IoT network worldwide

William Payne
February 28, 2019


Australian service provider Telstra and Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson have announced they are working together to integrate Ericsson's IoT connectivity management services into Telstra's IoT network. The integration will provide Telstra business customers with the ability to deploy IoT worldwide based on local configurations and network management.

The partnership will bring together Telstra's cellular IoT capabilities and Ericsson's connectivity services to enable original equipment manufacturers and enterprises to deploy IoT connected devices and applications worldwide.

Telstra's enterprise customers will be able to manage and track their IoT devices and assets at local and global levels via access to Telstra's cellular IoT capabilities including Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) and CAT-M1 technology.

The announcement follows on Ericsson and Telstra's deployment of NB-IoT extended range in September 2018 that increased Telstra's NB-IoT coverage to more than 3.5 million square kilometres, with data connections up to 100km. 

There will be support for eSIM (eUICC) capabilities via the connectivity management service from IoT Accelerator solution and other technologies that will allow multinational businesses to deploy their products and services more easily on Telstra's network. End users will be able to use Telstra's networks through a local SIM profile.  

Håkan Eriksson, Technology Executive and CTO, Telstra, said: "With the ever-increasing expansion of the IoT market, our partnership with Ericsson will offer our customers an easier way to manage and scale connected devices and applications, and with our combination of NB-IoT and Cat-M1 technologies, international enterprises, across a range of industries, will have international IoT connectivity solutions." 

Emilio Romeo, Head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, said: "Through this announcement, enterprises can now integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity services offered by Telstra and Ericsson to create highly reliable IoT solutions, which will help to drive digital transformation of industries in Australia and internationally.

"We are enabling enterprises to launch IoT services on a global scale and helping the industry to capitalize on the tremendous potential that IoT brings. This is further evidence of how Ericsson IoT Accelerator can help enterprises to manage their IoT connections with ease, while helping our partners, such as Telstra, to create new opportunities and revenue streams."