Nokia has signed a global network and edge partnership with IBM spin-off Kyndryl. The plan is to combine Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud with Kyndryl’s system integrator expertise and bring LTE and 5G private networks to industrial enterprises.
The two already have a joint customer in the form of Dow Inc. They have built out several private LTE and 5G real-world deployments and proof-of-concept applications for the chemicals giant to support worker safety and collaboration efforts, asset tracking, and other use cases using a blueprint that Dow plans to expand and deploy across its sites worldwide.
“As enterprises across every industry are seeking new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing are growing so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies,” said Paul Savill, global practice leader of Network and Edge computing for Kyndryl.
Kyndryl is essentially IBM’s old Global Technology Services unit, its’ once much-admired systems integrator business which has struggled to find its way in the era of the cloud. Partnerships like this will be the formula to revive its fortunes.
Nokia has similar challenges. Its efforts to grow its business beyond its traditional service provider and carrier market have not been as successful as the equipment maker would like and its enterprise unit only grew 1% in 2021. But private networks, the product Kyndryl and Nokia are looking to sell jointly, have been something of a success. Nokia’s latest financials show builds have been growing rapidly, with engagements growing over 60% in 2021, bringing the private wireless network customer count to 420.
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