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Australian telco operator Optus has selected Nokia’s Impact platform to provide Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to utilities and other industrial sectors.

Nokia’s IoT Device Management Platform (DMP) will enable Optus to provide its customers with simple access to narrow band-IoT device data, from low power devices and remote device management at scale. This can be done regardless of device type.

Nokia and Optus will work together to help create smart cities and support enterprise customers across industries, including utilities, mining and transportation.

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Anticipated industry applications include cost effective waste management, supply chain optimisation, logistics management and scene analytics for improved safety and security.

Australia’s IoT market is estimated to grow to US$25 billion by 2024, up from US$7.9 billion in 2018, indicating the potential opportunity for such solutions.

The alliance builds on Nokia’s longstanding relationship with Optus. Nokia is collaborating with the operator to manage and maintain its network infrastructure. The two companies launched Australia’s first 5G commercial services in early 2019, making Optus the first operator globally to deploy Nokia’s FastMile 5G indoor gateway in a live network.

Nokia and Optus also successfully launched a 5G fixed wireless access service using the 5G New Radio standard.

“Our strategic alliance with Nokia will standardise and streamline IoT devices under one platform and unlock powerful productivity capabilities to fuel Australia’s digital transformation and its smart cities and smart spaces of the future,” commented Deon Liebenberg, Vice President of Product Innovation, Optus Business.

The solution is available as software as a service, platform as a service or connectivity as a service.

“We will enable Optus to expand its offering in these markets, helping its customers to leverage the efficiency and productivity potential of IoT,” added Anna Wills, Head of Oceania at Nokia.