Nokia and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) have announced a strategic collaboration on IoT solutions for enterprise customers.

The joint offerings will combine connectivity, core networking, data aggregation and compute technologies from both parties.

Both companies will jointly market and sell solutions for two industries in particular, industrial/manufacturing and smart cities.

Solutions such as asset management, smart manufacturing, remote site automation and prediction will be provided for the industrial sector.

Meanwhile, smart cities are set to benefit from enhanced network connectivity solutions for systems such as smart lighting and smart buildings.

The two companies are already working on a proof-of-concept (POC) for smart cities, combining Nokia’s routing capabilities with HPE’s hybrid IT expertise.

This announcement signals an extension of the existing collaboration between the two companies, which to date has produced 25 end-to-end deals with enterprise and service provider customers, along with over 30 POCs.

The two companies have also subscribed to their counterpart’s broader IoT initiatives, with Nokia joining HPE’s IoT initiative within its Partner Ready program, and HPE joining Nokia’s ‘IoT Community’, an ecosystem of companies collaborating on solution concepts, end-to-end prototypes, business models and market trials.

In a statement, Nokia’s chief strategy officer Kathrin Buvac said: “HPE’s market presence offers Nokia expedited and increased access to the enterprise market and target verticals along with a complementary portfolio of products and services.”

HPE’s executive VP and head of enterprise group Antonio Neri added: “The addition of Nokia to the HPE IoT partner ecosystem will bring broader choice and market-leading technologies to our joint customers.”