Sprint: Quietly Advancing IoT

Ivo Rook writes, “178 customers have signed Curiosity IoT contracts, our order book has reached a billion dollars and more than 10 million connections will go to deployment. Our customers are telling us one thing: they want more and they want it across the world…. so here we come to Europe. We are proud to partner with some of the most reputed and innovative European operators. Telia and Swisscom will enable us to deploy Curiosity in their markets and likewise we allow them to serve their customers in the USA. Who says global Telcom is complex? Global IoT with local profiles, it can be done. It should be done, and we are doing it!”

T-Mobile has wisely held on to many excellent Sprint employees, including Rook and CTO John Saw. Sprint’s network was the worst in the U.S. because the company wasn’t investing. The engineering team did a remarkable job with few resources. Saw’s 5G mid-band network was the most capable 5G network in the U.S. and is the heart of what T-Mobile is expanding.

Telco IoT has been lots of talk and remarkably little action. Giant NTT DOCOMO actually ended its NB-IoT effort for lack of customers. Everything’s being connected, even our tree lights. (“Alexa, turn on tree lights.) But unless it needs remote connections, the logical way to connect is local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

The only exception to the telco failure so far is China Mobile, which is approaching a billion IoT nodes. That’s something like 40 times more than anyone else.

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