Telefónica, Mavenir and Amazon Team up on new IoT connectivity service

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Telefónica, Mavenir and Amazon Team up on new IoT connectivity service

Telecom-provider Telefónica is working with Mavenir and Amazon Web Services (AWS) on a pre-commercial managed IoT connectivity service. The operator expects to offer it using Mavenir’s packet core solution and AWS’s cloud infrastructure.

According to Telefónica, the objective of the project is to “reinvent the way IoT connectivity services are delivered,”. That means reducing the cost and latency by combining cloud technology with cellular connectivity to provide customers with a “local shortcut” to the internet from the nearest AWS region.

The service is planned to be available globally, so customers around the world can scale their use of the service as needed. Telefónica did not yet publish when it plans to go commercial with the service.
Telefonica Tech’s IoT KITE platform provides an interface accessible from anywhere via the web or APIs, making it conducive for industrial, manufacturing, public and automotive sectors.

Telefónica’s Core Innovation team is developing the service in collaboration with Telefónica Tech’s IoT & Big Data unit. The pre-commercial activities cover the deployment of the Mavenir Packet Core on AWS, integration with Telefónica Tech’s KITE platform, and automation of the end-to-end service.

Mavenir’s converged packet core built upon web-scale technology and cloud-native principles provides support for 4G functionalities and facilitates easy deployment on AWS, offering a compact and efficient model in terms of cost and resources,

said Ashok Khuntia, EVP/GM, Packet Computing at Mavenir, in a statement.

We are excited to work with Telefónica to integrate our packet core solution with Telefonica’s KITE platform over AWS.

The solution is applicable to LTE-M and Narrowband IoT. Telefónica also has eSIM cards aimed at telemetry, industry and smart cities use cases, which require long-term deployments potentially involving a change of operator.

We’re delighted to collaborate with Telefónica and Mavenir to offer a cloud native integrated packet core solution to enhance IoT connectivity,

said Fabio Cerone, managing director Telecom EMEA at AWS.

Together, we are providing a true cloud native network solution for Telefonica’s IoT customers that combines AWS’s global infrastructure with the strength of Telefónica’s network. Now, Telefónica can scale their deployments across the globe to meet the requirements of agility, scaling, slicing, and resiliency.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Mavenir

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