Global colocation and interconnection provider, Equinix, has been selected as a strategic supplier for Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service. This collaboration is intended to bring “next-generation” edge architectures and services to market. WING would allow operators without an IoT footprint to gain fast entry to the IoT market or to help operators expand an existing IoT business.
Nokia is leveraging Equinix IBX data centers to deploy both core and edge nodes to support mobile, IoT and cloud connectivity at global scale. With Platform Equinix, Nokia WING is able to support markets across the globe in areas such as IoT data traffic and device density, as well as local regulatory environments – such as GDPR.
Nokia leverages Equinix’s global data center footprint to enable the efficient collection from, and distribution across multiple networks and clouds. Additionally, Nokia and Equinix are exploring edge architectures and deployment models. These are intended to improve the performance of use cases relating to cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and IoT.
“Nokia WING offers a superior IoT service experience for operators through global network presence, unified orchestration and consistent service level agreements,” said Ankur Bhan, Head of WING, Nokia. “This deal will support our efforts to manage IoT-related data analysis on a global basis.”
Equinix IBX Data Centers
Today, Equinix operates more than 210 IBX data centers in 55+ markets. Platform Equinix provides access to nearly 10,000 businesses around the world in rich vertical ecosystems. These include more than 1,800 networks, 2,900 cloud and IT service providers and 3,000 enterprises.
The Equinix data center and (inter)connection infrastructure supports Nokia WING’s focus on providing access to nine vertical markets. These markets include: connected car, healthcare, logistics and transport, smart cities, utilities, connected agriculture, connected retail, smart home and building, and connected industry.
“Nokia needed access to multiple markets and ecosystems to connect to NSPs and enterprises who want a play in the IoT space,” said Jim Poole, Vice President of Business Development, Equinix. “By directly connecting to Nokia WING, mobile network operators can capture business value across IoT, AI and security, with a connectivity strategy to support business transformation.”