Kyndryl announces strategic edge computing partnership with Nokia

Kyndryl and Nokia today announced a global network and edge computing alliance, to help enterprise customers accelerate digital transformations with private LTE and 5G

The partnership builds on a successful private wireless connectivity project that yielded a solution combining the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) application platform with Kyndryl’s consult, design implementation and managed services.

This solution is designed to support the move to Industry 4.0, which is transforming how companies manufacture and distribute products with the aid of IoT, cloud computing, AI and other capabilities.

Kyndryl and Nokia share a vision of private wireless networking over both LTE and 5G enabling new levels of operational flexibility and adaptability across a range of asset-intensive industries, with manufacturing as a primary market segment.

The collaboration has already resulted in real world private wireless deployments and several proof of concept (PoC) applications for Dow Inc., to support Industry 4.0-enabled worker safety and collaboration, asset tracking, and other capabilities using a blueprint that it plans to expand and deploy across its sites worldwide.

By collaborating to provide solutions over LTE and 5G standards, Kyndryl and Nokia look to address marketplace opportunities that already utilise the industrial ecosystem now available with LTE, while paving the way for significant 5G enhancements.

Private wireless connectivity has been a key enabler to adding new data sources and analytics layers, for real-time process management and to facilitate automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality use cases.

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“As enterprises across every industry are seeking new ways to digitally transform their operations, 5G and edge computing grow so they can harness the promise of these emerging technologies,” said Paul Savill, global practice leader of network and edge compute at Kyndryl.

“By collaborating with Nokia, we’re taking another step forward in helping our customers unlock the power of LTE and 5G through a secure, private environment that helps them deliver tailored enterprise grade edge solutions that drive new value for their bottom lines and next gen customer experiences.”

Chris Johnson, head of the Global Enterprise Business at Nokia, commented: “By combining Kyndryl’s world-class services expertise and global reach with Nokia’s mission-critical, industry leading private wireless and industrial edge computing solutions, we will enable even more organisations to transform their operations, accelerate their digitalisation journey and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0.”

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Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst is Information Age's senior reporter, providing news and features around the hottest trends across the tech industry.