Ericsson Market Area North East Asia (MNEA) Head, Chris Houghton, and China Mobile Vice President Li Zhengmao, have signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 to develop Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities in industry and enterprises, according to a recent announcement. Ericsson CEO and President, Börje Ekholm, and China Mobile Chairman, Shang Bing, were also in attendance at the signing ceremony.
“At MWC 2018 we are showing that we are no longer just talking about 5G and IoT, we are doing what it takes to make it happen,” said Chris Houghton, Head of Market Area North East Asia, Ericsson. “The IoT Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with China Mobile shows we are working with partners to put our 5G and IoT technology leadership into practice.”
The partnership will build on Ericsson’s leadership in industry solutions and Device Connection Platform IoT (DCP-IoT) Connectivity Management platform, as part of the IoT Accelerator Platform, to help China Mobile expand IoT business worldwide, and to support China’s One Belt One Road initiative.
Ericsson and China Mobile will jointly build an Industry IoT Cooperation Center to plan for and develop IoT Connectivity and IoT ecosystem solutions in areas such as manufacturing, industry, health, and intelligent transportation. Built on China Mobile’s Co-Space and Ericsson Garage, the CMCC-Ericsson Garage aims to jointly hatch new cutting-edge technologies and applications.
Driven by the national Made-in-China and Industry 4.0 initiatives, Ericsson aims to support China Mobile in making smart manufacturing a reality, while delivering value for money customer experiences. Technology leadership, such as Ericsson’s 5G and IoT Connectivity Management, is crucial to that success. The companies will strengthen cooperation in 5G standardization and 5G networks, and also jointly develop 5G network-enabled use cases for industries, as well as exploring business opportunities to reach the full potential of IoT.
China Mobile and Ericsson are also teaming up at MWC 2018 to demonstrate a proof of concept covering the transformative impact of 5G on industry digitalization. The real-time 5G-Enabled Smart Manufacturing demonstration showcases how artificial intelligence, automation control, big data and edge cloud-leading technologies can be integrated and enabled by 5G in industrial manufacturing.
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