Kyndryl and Nokia has announced a three-year extension and expansion of their global network and edge partnership, with a focus on developing and delivering industry-leading long-term evolution (LTE) and 5G private wireless services and Industry 4.0 solutions to customers worldwide.
Kyndryl and Nokia established their global network and edge computing alliance in February 2022. The partnership has since grown exponentially, with more than 100 active engagements with global enterprises, from advisory or testing, to piloting, to full implementation, across 24 countries. With a shared vision and commitment to help enterprise and mission-critical infrastructure customers accelerate their digital transformations with leading-edge LTE and 5G private wireless networking, 90 per cent of the current engagements are enterprises in the industrial manufacturing sector – including multinational petrochemical, mining and timber and utilities/energy companies.
Commenting on the partnership, Alejandro Cadenas, associate vice president, Telco and Mobility Research, IDC, said, “As enterprises seek to accelerate and deliver on their journeys towards Industry 4.0 and digitalisation, the effective integration and deployment of advanced LTE and 5G private wireless networking technologies becomes instrumental to integrate all enterprise operations in a seamless, risk-free, efficient and secure manner. This expanding, powerful, relationship between Nokia and Kyndryl is a unique combination of vertical and horizontal capabilities, and offers IT, OT and business leaders access to the innovation, tools, and expert resources they need to digitally transform their operations. The partnership offers a compelling shared vision and execution that will enable customers across all industries and geographies to access the ingredients they need to deliver against the promise of digital acceleration, powered by network and edge computing.”
The expanded effort will be enhanced with Kyndryl’s achievement of Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) Advanced accreditation status, which helps ensure that enterprise customers benefit from an expanded lineup of expert resources and skilled practitioners who have extensive training and deep understanding of Nokia products and solutions. In addition, customers will gain access to Kyndryl’s accelerated network deployment capabilities and support of Nokia cellular radio expertise in selected markets.
To meet the growing convergence and demands of IT and OT for enterprises, Kyndryl, Nokia, and Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, will launch a joint lab in Raleigh, North Carolina to bring reliable, secure, and auditable wireless connectivity to industrial networks. Through the collaboration, a multi-factor zero trust model for industrial networking is enabled at both the IT and OT sides of the network using the best tools and resources from each of the companies. Kyndryl’s network experts are developing an integrated system starting from the foundations of a typical Modbus process control network and extending access and security beyond the typical shop floor. Using the Nokia DAC, private cellular connectivity enables high mobility and extended reach of the network.
Meanwhile, Paul Savill, global practice leader, Network and Edge Computing, Kyndryl, said, “Our partnership with Nokia has been focused on co-innovating and co-creating for customers to digitally transform their workspaces and operations. “The success we have seen in deploying private wireless for customers like Dow Chemical over the pasts 12-months, along with the global expansion of our collaboration, is a testament to our belief that we can jointly help companies drive Industry 4.0 transformation across all industries, with speed and scale.”
Further, Chris Johnson, head, Nokia’s Global Enterprise Business, “Kyndryl and Nokia have a shared vision for digital transformation, and as leaders in our respective industries we are driven to grow this market together. We are excited to build upon our existing success and strengthen our alliance targeting more enterprise customers across multiple industries. The two companies are currently exploring and developing new, integrated solutions and services for edge, cloud, IP networking, optics, fixed access, 4G and 5G core and network operations software technologies, which can address the growing demand for mission-critical, industrial-grade wireless networking.”
To date, Kyndryl and Nokia have successfully implemented a private wireless network with edge computing for Dow Chemical, at their petrochemical processing plant in Freeport, TX. The modernisation of the Dow Chemical plant with advanced connectivity has increased worker safety, and enabled remote audio and video collaboration, real time smart procedures, on-site personnel tracking, and vehicle telematics.
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023, Kyndryl and Nokia will unveil new device management services at the Nokia partner arena, showcasing Kyndryl’s auto-provisioning software leveraging Nokia’s customisable enterprise mobile capabilities on Nokia’s XR20 line of industrial-grade, ruggedized devices. The jointly-developed offerings will further enhance workplace connectivity solutions, and improve productivity, employee communication, and in industrial scenarios enhance overall worker safety. Together, Kyndryl and Nokia are addressing the collaboration and operational needs that contractors and operators face in the field today. Additionally, Gretchen Tinnerman, vice president, US Network and edge practice leader, Kyndryl will join Pekka Lundmark, chief executive officer, Nokia onstage during his MWC keynote address.
Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to more than 2,600 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe. It has also extended its footprint to more than 560 private wireless customers worldwide across an array of industrial sectors and has been cited by numerous industry analysts as the leading provider of private wireless networking worldwide.