Nokia is expanding worldwide IoT network grid (WING) with IoT market entry services to help mobile operators enter new IoT market segments or expand their footprint geographically. In addition, the company has strengthened its validation and testing services with Nokia TestHub, designed to accelerate new technology launches.
WING market entry services is a consultative offering for operators that identifies the best vertical market opportunities in a region, and provides the related IoT applications and go-to-market model to help operators scale fast to take advantage of the rapidly growing IoT market. It determines opportunities in nine IoT market segments: connected car, healthcare, logistics and transport, smart cities, utilities, agriculture, retail, smart homes and buildings, as well as connected industry. Once a service is up and running, the Nokia WING managed service model provides provisioning, device management, operations, security, customer care and billing for all connected applications.
Nokia TestHub has been designed to help operators to test their solutions and devices across domains and technologies before roll-out. As part of the Nokia TestHub, Nokia will provide "Lab as a Service", which gives customers early access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise from Nokia for self-testing of devices, network elements, applications and services.
Friedrich Trawoeger, head of Managed Services at Nokia, said: "IoT deployments are complex, but with our help operators will be able to fast-track their entry into the market as we provide them not only with a ready-to-go-market and business model, but also with a pre-integrated IoT infrastructure, complete service model and go-to-market support services. With our testing services we can ensure smooth launches for our customers, which are critical to maintaining great experience for their customers."