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New partnership aims to secure and streamline the IoT ecosystem

April 17, 2024

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

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The Connectivity Standards Alliance (the Alliance) and the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) have announced their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signifying their shared commitment to ensuring the security and interoperability of the Internet of Things (IoT).

This MOU between the Alliance and ETNO will enable both organisations to pool their expertise and resources to navigate the complexities of the IoT ecosystem and its regulatory landscape, advance its transformative potential and foster a safer, more secure world for connected devices.

Technological innovations and the telecommunications landscape alike are evolving at an unprecedented pace. The IoT is an important factor of this evolution, with networks of connected devices having emerged as a catalyst for growth and innovation throughout industry and society. Alongside an enormous growth in the number of IoT devices – with device numbers expected to increase to 49 billion in 2026 – telecommunications operators have a central role in this ecosystem by facilitating the connectivity of IoT devices.

“While the growth of IoT connectivity presents immense opportunities, it also raises important questions on how to ensure seamless connectivity and data security in an ever-evolving technological landscape,” said Tobin Richardson, the president and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance. “With this collaboration, the Alliance is honoured to work alongside ETNO to foster an innovative IoT ecosystem built on key foundations of safety and security.”

“We are delighted to partner with the Connectivity Standards Alliance and work together for a safe and compatible IoT environment in Europe and beyond,” said Lise Fuhr, the director general of ETNO. “We aim to bring the contribution of European telecom operators in facilitating the adoption of the Internet of Things, as well as ensuring its security and reliability. As industry leaders, we will bring our unique European perspective to this global conversation, as it pertains to the development of IoT standards and the implementation of best practices for the benefit of all users.”

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