T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom Launch New Global IoT Connectivity Solution
T-Mobile US and parent Deutsche Telekom AG have partnered on a “comprehensive enterprise solution” for companies navigating the hairy business of worldwide IoT connectivity.
T-IoT, as the new service is called, will use the global footprints of the two wireless carriers to unlock the promise of IoT, which is currently hampered by the complex hodge-podge of operator agreements that must be managed country by country, region by region, the companies said. T-IoT allows enterprises to maximize the value of their IoT assets across 188 destinations and 383 networks through one “simple and flexible” global offering.
“With T-IoT and our award-winning networks, we’re poised to help businesses realize the true potential of IoT by completely disrupting the status quo of how IoT is purchased and managed,” T-Mobile Business Group President Mike Katz said.
The “true potential” of IoT is only set to increase with the spread of 5G, which has the ability to support low-latency, massive data use and connect up to 100 times more devices than 4G, if the problem of connectivity complexity is solved, the companies said.
T-IoT aims to do just that, offering a host of benefits that the current system does not, including:
- Worldwide network connectivity across technologies to support nearly every possible IoT scenario, including NB-IoT, LTE-M, LTE and 5G.
- T-IoT Hub, which will be “a single pane of glass” allowing enterprises to view and eventually manage global IoT connections across platforms, including T-Mobile Control Center and Deutsche Telekom M2M.
- A simplified procurement process with streamlined contract and billing, consistent global service agreements and customer support.
- Flexible pricing with a pay-per-data model or a choice of three flat-rate unlimited connectivity packages across the U.S. and Europe, as well as value-added services to serve connectivity needs for the lifetime of the device.
The new service will be of particular value to businesses with global IoT needs, like automobile manufacturers, which are developing increasingly connected vehicles.
“Real-time, high-bandwidth data transmission is key to digital innovation,” Mercedes-Benz Group AG Chairman Ola Källenius said in a statement. “5G technology in IoT scenarios will allow our vehicles to communicate with the speed and reliability needed to offer our customers greater efficiency through improved routing and improved safety.”