In September 2020, telecommunications infrastructure manufacturer Ericsson entered into an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to make the cellular connectivity services of its carrier customer Telenor Connexion available for purchase on the AWS Marketplace. The AWS Marketplace has an Internet of Things (IoT) category, containing a “Device Connectivity” section that consists of 37 vendors, each of which offers online tariff plans for IoT connectivity services. Most of the vendors offer a single plan, but some offer as many as eight. Most are not traditional telcos, but are Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), Virtual Private Network (VPN) and other protocol-specific routing service providers, and management platform vendors for IoT devices and IoT data. IoT “connectivity” has the broadest possible software-defined meaning on the AWS Marketplace.
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