China Mobile and Ericsson have signed an agreement to cooperate on the Internet of Things as part of China Mobile's Big Connectivity strategy.
The companies signed a strategic collaboration agreement at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou, China last month, and announced the development last week.
As part of the agreement, China Mobile will use the Ericsson Device Connectivity Platform to streamline the provisioning process for IoT services and deploy services to capitalize on potential new business opportunities.
The operator plans to use the platform to integrate resources from roaming partners and offer enterprise customers worldwide reliable connectivity based on service level agreements.
"China Mobile expects to have 200 million IoT connections by 2017. We stick to the strategy of open cooperation with our partners for win-win results,” China Mobile EVP Yuejia Sha commented.
“China Mobile strengthens the collaboration with global leading enterprises of advanced platform, application and intelligent hardware to drive the rapid development of our industry, and provides superior applications and services to our customers."
Ericsson said the Device Connectivity Platform has been adopted by more than two dozen operators since it launched in 2008, supporting 1,700 industry customers.