Ericsson and Microsoft have announced that they are working together to accelerate the Internet of Things (IoT) around the world.

The companies said that the Ericsson IoT Accelerator would help businesses speed up the time it takes to launch mobile network-based IoT services.

According to Ericsson, its Accelerator will allow enterprises to deploy their IoT solutions using Microsoft Azure, which will then connect them directly to the ecosystem of mobile operators. This will be done through the use of the connectivity management service delivered by the Ericsson Device Connection Platform (DCP), part of the Ericsson IoT Accelerator.

The Ericsson IoT Accelerator is intended to allow telecom operators to “design, launch and evolve managed IoT connectivity offerings towards enterprises requiring cellular connectivity”, the firm said.

It has also been created to provide enterprises with full control and automation capabilities that will handle the connectivity for their IoT devices. The IoT Accelerator is a cloud-based, horizontal cross-industry offering comprising platform services and near-product services for telecom operators and certain industries. Ericsson said it aims to provide a “continuous incremental set of functionality offered as a service” that will enable the agile creation and deployment of solutions for the IoT.

Niklas Heuveldop, chief strategy officer and head of technology and emerging business at Ericsson, explained: “The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the IoT will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices in 2018.

“Today, enterprises are facing a major challenge of complexity in IoT deployment. By combining industry-leading innovation and ecosystems, our collaboration with Microsoft removes complexity and brings the possibilities of the IoT closer for enterprises everywhere.”

Microsoft director of Azure IoT Sam George added that the new collaboration will provide businesses with more choices to control their connected devices.

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