Finnish electronics giant Nokia has expanded announced an expansion to its Internet of Things network.
According to VentureBeat, the erstwhile cellular phone giant has added 5G support to its Worldwide Internet of Things Network Grid (WING), allowing cellular carriers to offer global 5G IoT services without needing to build their own networks.
While that’s a lot of jargon to absorb at once, the gist is that carriers like AT&T and Verizon want to offer business customers the ability to connect small IoT sensors to the internet but don’t necessarily want to spend the money to build the cellular infrastructure the sensors need to communicate. So Nokia offers WING as a global IoT infrastructure, partnering with carriers to sell access on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The upgrade also included edge processing capabilities in order to smoothen the addition of 5G-connected sensors in the future. These small processors may be used by a range of things, including remote health care, industrial monitoring and control, and vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications.