5G Radio Access Network (RAN) deployments dominated the list of contract awards announced by infrastructure manufacturer Nokia during 2020. However, another product also featured strongly in recent months, and that’s Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) platform and managed service. WING is Nokia’s current evolution of what was once known as a Connectivity Management Platform (CMP), a fundamental network component for any wireless carrier offering Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. A CMP allows a carrier’s enterprise customers to have self-service management of their IoT SIM cards, through rate plan selection, connection activation, and real-time status and usage monitoring. CMPs are nothing new and have been an entry-level requirement for years, but what is newer is the reciprocal incorporation of a vendor’s partner carriers’ networks to provide international managed IoT connectivity for enterprise across the entire footprint of the platform’s usage.
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