MWC: MTN, Eseye collaborate to provide global IOT

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Ralph Vraagom (left), MTN group general manager of strategic alliances, and Nick Earle, Eseye CEO and chairman.
Ralph Vraagom (left), MTN group general manager of strategic alliances, and Nick Earle, Eseye CEO and chairman.

Global provider of Internet of things (IOT) services, Eseye, has partnered with MTN and mobile network operator (MNO) association AnyNet Federation to provide mobile IOT services through the Amazon Web Services platform.

The partnership, announced at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona yesterday, aims to support the management of IOT devices of businesses across the globe.

AnyNet Federation is a newly launched global association of MNOs established to meet the complex requirements of the rapidly expanding machine-to-machine customer base.

UK-headquartered Eseye has developed an IOT managed service platform with embedded eSIMs, targeting global businesses that want to have unified control, rapid deployment and management of their IOT devices.

The federation will deliver cellular services onto AWS cloud, through the MTN network, using Eseye's AnyNet Secure eSIM card to cross-sector organisations.

Nick Earle, Eseye chairman and CEO, explains: "This is a ground-breaking global collaboration. The AnyNet Secure is a feature-rich and integrated connectivity solution for AWS, and the AnyNet Federation as a key way of delivering simplified connectivity on a global scale, while allowing customers to buy and manage their connectivity from within AWS."

Using Eseye's AnyNet Secure for AWS SIM card, AnyNet Federation customers will experience seamless connectivity that integrates onto AWS IOT Core and is globally scalable.

Cellular traffic destined for AWS is passed between different AnyNet Federation partners based on the geographic location of IOT devices that are automatically provisioned and certified over-the-air, according to Eseye.

The customer is billed through their account by AWS, and the MNO is paid for the services it delivers.

Oliver Fortuin, MTN group enterprise executive, says: "MTN is delighted to bring their networks across 12 markets to support the objectives of the AnyNet Federation. We believe that through collaboration, we can speed up the deployment of our customers' global IOT and enhance their global business opportunities."

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