AT&T in mobility deal with OSRAM, to expand IoT presence

Telecom network operator AT&T announced its deal with OSRAM, a lighting manufacturer, to offer managed VPN to connect over 30,000 employees at OSRAM’s 185 sites in 50 countries.

AT&T said its managed VPN services, under the multi-year deal, will simplify processes and speed collaboration. AT&T will connect employees in OSRAM’s Munich headquarters with colleagues in places like Shanghai, Paris, Kentucky or Sao Paulo.

The US-based wireless operator will offer secure cloud connectivity service called AT&T NetBond to assist OSRAM connect to apps and databases stored in the cloud. OSRAM gains seamless network integration and the advantages of high performing cloud computing.

“Instead of using different network providers, OSRAM now has one agile network provided by AT&T. It creates benefits already in the transition phase, supports the global carve out of the LEDVANCE lamps unit and gives us the chance to adapt the network immediately to changes,” said OSRAM chief information officer Kian Mossanen.

AT&T in IoT business

Meanwhile, AT&T said it has tapped Globecomm to expand its IoT deployments by offering satellite connectivity to enterprise customers.

IoT devices on AT&T network can operate on both cellular and satellite service. There is no need for businesses to purchase their cellular and satellite services separately. They can use both to manage their IoT devices, networks and applications.

Gartner says the number of connected things will grow 30 percent to 6.4 billion in 2016. According to Markets and Markets, connected things with satellite connectivity should grow 9.8 percent per year over the next four years.

Mike Troiano, vice president, AT&T IoT Solutions, said: “Our customers now have a flexible, reliable and highly secure service to monitor their assets nearly anywhere. They don’t have to choose one connectivity solution over the other – they can have the full package.”