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NTT and Qualcomm strike partnership to drive 5G device ecosystem

  • NTT has announced a strategic partnership with Qualcomm.
  • NTT aims to increase 5G adoption by investing in the development of an ecosystem.
  • The company is also set to offer Device-as-a-Service as part of its end-to-end Edge-as-a-Service solution.

Japanese outfit NTT has announced that it is engaging in a strategic partnership with Qualcomm with a specific focus on 5G.

NTT says that it plans to invest in and accelerate the development of the 5G device ecosystem to facilitate private 5G adoption, which is critical to powering AI at the edge.

“NTT and Qualcomm Technologies will use their combined expertise to meet the need for 5G-enabled devices that support use cases, such as push-to-talk devices, augmented reality headsets, computer vision cameras and sensors at the edge across the manufacturing, automotive, logistics and other industries. The engagement will initially focus on the US, Germany, and UK,” highlighted the Japanese company in a press release sent to Hypertext.

“This collaboration is truly an exciting one because we are answering the demand we’re hearing from our clients. Together with Qualcomm Technologies, we will strengthen the 5G ecosystem delivering the devices our customers require in a simple and cost-effective way, empowering them as they continue along their digital transformation journey. By working with Qualcomm Technologies, we will further accelerate demand for private 5G across global industries,” added Shahid Ahmed, EVP for New Ventures and Innovation at NTT.

Along with the announcement of the partnership, the Japanese firm emphasised an addition to its Edge-as-a-Service offering. Here it is now set to make Device-as-a-Service available to customers.

“The cost-effective per-user, per-month fee model means enterprises no longer need to make large capital investments up front, but rather consume on a more comfortable monthly fee basis, making it easier for customers to deploy edge devices at scale,” it added.

“Deploying AI applications through NTT’s Edge as a Service will assist enterprises with workplace safety, optimization, and security,” it concluded.

[Image – Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash]

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